Loyal customers have already heard the news that Comic Book Ink will close in early July.
Founder and owner John Munn recently sent an e-mail announcing that the store – which opened in the Proctor District a decade ago, then moved to Tacoma’s East Side, and now resides just west of I-5 on South 84th Street – was no longer financially viable.
Munn’s bank would not extend further credit. “My banker looked at me as if she had shot me on accident,” he wrote. “’I can’t do it,’ she said. ‘They won’t let me.’”
Munn said he soon realized, “I was going to let each and every one of you down in such a way that I have fought against with all of my might.”
Munn urged customers to keep patronizing the story over the next few weeks, and he said all comic subscriptions would be honored until the store closed.
On Tuesday afternoon, assistant manager Alex Henshaw was organizing the latest releases of titles that customers had ordered.
“We’re trying to stick to business as usual for the remaining month,” he said. “We didn’t just want to go away.”
He said the store would continue to host regular groups of customers who meet on weekends to play Magic the Gathering, HeroCllix and other games.
Longtime customer Aram Greenman, who has standing orders for three comic book subscriptions at Comic Book Ink, had a simple question for Henshaw on Tuesday. Walking into the store, he asked, “What the hell?”
And he said, “These guys have been around longer than most things in life. It’s just like a family.”