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Acme Comics, 2757 Rosewood Drive / 140 State Street: 31 March 2010   7 comments

Posted at 11:05 pm in entertainment,stores

When I first started getting "into" comics -- that is seeking them out at a comics store rather than just buying one every now and then off a spinner rack, I usually went to Silver City on Knox Abbott, or Ye Olde Comic Shope on Meeting Street (with the occasional visit to the one on Devine, the one on Forest Drive near Hardees, or the one on Parklane). Either Acme wasn't around at the time (mid 80s) or I missed it somehow. By the time I moved back to town, I was getting comics mostly through a subscription service or I would stop off at Heroes & Dragons with its easy access to my I-20 too-ings & fro-ings. In the event, I think I only stopped at Acme Comics once, when it was in its Rosewood location, and I can't really recall if I bought anything or not.

I must admit that I thought they were still on Rosewood, and didn't realize they had moved to West Columbia until I heard that they were closing. That part of State Street is rather interesting and eclectic though I must admit that the antique warehouse is the only one of those shops I hit with any frequency (and that proably no more than 4 or 5 times a year). I would have thought it a good fit for a store like Acme, but i guess neither the comic nor the music business is what it was these days.

Written by ted on April 12th, 2010

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7 Responses to 'Acme Comics, 2757 Rosewood Drive / 140 State Street: 31 March 2010'

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  1. We were sad to see Acme leave Rosewood since it was near our house and now even sadder that they've closed for good.

    I think they would have made it if they had been able to stay on Rosewood. The guys told me they were basically kicked out of there because the landlord found someone willing to pay higher rent.

    Anyway, they were always pleasant to me and my young son, and would spend all day helping you find something or answering questions. Didn't seem to matter to them if you hung out all day reading instead of buying. Maybe they are too nice for their own good.

    Dennis

    13 Apr 10 at 5:47 am

  2. Yeah, it seemed sort of like a group of people who couldn't quite turn their hobby into a successful business. If you want a picture of their old store, it's the first one on the montage at:
    http://www.comicshoplocator.com/

    Nobody

    15 Apr 10 at 4:30 pm

  3. Hmm. I don't see anything that looks like a montage at that url..

    Is the old shop not the one I have in the second picture?

    ted

    15 Apr 10 at 5:29 pm

  4. In the Safari browser, the montage is near the top of the page in the middle just below the header bar, and it does start off with Acme Comics in the old Rosewood location. A neat little montage, if not a tad too fast. I think it would have been much more effective if it had been slowed down and a small caption letting you know what store you were looking at had been inserted.

    Michael Taylor

    15 Apr 10 at 9:55 pm

  5. Ah, it's a Flash thing. I always surf with Flash turned off..

    ted

    15 Apr 10 at 10:04 pm

  6. You've got the right picture, as usual, I was just mentioning it in case you wanted a picture of when it was actually Acme Comics. AC always seemed to me like it would be the kid brother to Atlanta's Criminal Records.

    Nobody

    16 Apr 10 at 3:56 pm

  7. Finally saw it, after reading Michael's note and turning on Flash.

    Thanks!

    ted

    16 Apr 10 at 4:13 pm

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