The last days of Dragon Lady Comics
Wednesday is the biggest day of the week for comic book shops. New issues arrive. Regular customers flood in for their four-colour fix. This particular Wednesday — the last one in January — was also the next-to-last one ever for Dragon Lady Comics. After 33 years, the venerable College Street shop is closing its doors. Manager Joe Kilmartin broke the news on his Facebook page earlier in the month and from there, word spread faster than a speeding bullet.
“It’s been a lot like a funeral. Everyone’s coming by to pay their respects,” says Kilmartin, explaining that the $5,200 monthly rent, despite concessions from a co-operative landlord, was too much for the shop to bear. “People who haven’t been here in 12 years or 15 years are dropping in to see the store one last time.” (Photos: Tyler Anderson/National Post)