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This spot has been a huge part of my life in NYC and l am saddened to hear the news that it is closing at the end of February. This shot is from an event I covered for the now defunct examiner.com during a past comic con #stmarkscomics #stmarksplace #lowereastside #comics #comicbookstore #aliceinwonderland #wonderland #zenescope #zenescopecosplay #zenescopecomics #cosplaygirl #nycphotographer #photojournalism #comicbookcosplay #models #nyclife #downtownnyc
Among the many dim sum joints, weed paraphernalia emporiums and karaoke dungeons of St. Marks Place, St. Marks Comics was a favorite for tourists and regulars alike. The disheveled store stuck around for 36 years, surviving multiple eras of Manhattan and making it onto a legendary episode of Sex and the City. Yesterday, the store confirmed its closing, set for the end of February.
Shop owner Mitch Cutler posted an update on the store's social media on Tuesday, citing the difficulties of fighting the good fight in Manhattan retail. The closure comes after an incomplete 2017 GoFundMe effort to pay back outstanding debts and fix the place up.
Stepping into St. Marks Comics was like walking through multiple eras of NYC—and comic book—history. While the weekly comics were usually well-updated, other parts of the store felt like they hadn't been updated since Return of the Jedi was in theaters. The staff could be well-versed to a fault, or, conversely, have no idea what you were talking about when you inquired about the new issue of Batgirl. It was a mess—a perfect artifact of the grimy, sometimes-glorious St. Marks aesthetic.
Fans of the store took to social media to share memories, proving yet again that there's no more varied social meeting point than a comic book store.
When I met my wife, she had just opened a restaurant on St. Marks. I used to go to your store and buy graphic novels in a big stack and just sit in her restaurant until late, waiting for her to close up so I could help clean up. You will be sorely missed.— gmeister (@gmeister) January 30, 2019
The only comics I ever bought in New York were at St. Marks. I was all by myself in a city that didn't know me and finding your place was like finding an oasis. I haven't been back East in some time but you are a permanent fixture in my heart. I'm sorry to see you go. Thank you.— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) January 30, 2019
This sucks real bad, there’s nothing better than filling up on ramen and beer and wobbling into St. Mark’s Comics to impulse-buy things https://t.co/bwgkdkDcUY— Abraham Riesman אברהם ריסמן (@abrahamjoseph) January 30, 2019
St. Marks Comics starts its liquidation sale today, so be sure to get over there before all that's left are back issues of Identity Disc. And if you're looking for a new shop to patronize, here's our guide to the best comic book stores in NYC.