It’s (officially) official — Rocketship is no more, confirmed by a post on the comic book store’s official blog:
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
After five great years, we are now officially Closed. We decided it was time to move on to other things, but we appreciate the years of support from all our customers, friends, neighbors, suppliers, creators, peers, and boosters.
It was great! Thanks everybody!
A post about the closing last week on Brownstoner elicited this comment, supposedly a quote from the store owner:
“Our lease came up and we realized that we were either going to do this another five to 10 years, at which point it becomes a CAREER, in big letters, or not sign on again and do something different. That’s basically it. Of course, there are a thousand variables in there, all of which would be very boring and involved. In the end, the store was great to do for five years, but not something we wanted to be doing until we retired. So it was time to move on.”
A presumably healthy business closing its doors not because it had to, but because the owners simply wanted to? An uncommon story in this economy, to say the least.
Whither comics, comix, and graphic novel fans of Brooklyn? The Brooklyn Paper’s roundup mentions Galaxy Comics and Bergen Street Comics, both in Park Slope, but omits two survivors round our way. Yes, St. Mark’s Comics (148 Montague, between Clinton & Henry) and the Baseball Card Dugout (453 Court, between 4th Place & Luquer) are still kicking — both have more of a dusty, old-school, Android’s Dungeon vibe than boutique-y Rocketship, but are worth a visit if you’re looking for superhero stuff. It’s a shame to see Rocketship go, but it always was unsettlingly, well, clean for anyone who grew up combing the worn 4-for-$1 crates at a local shop.
If you’re looking for the latest arty graphic novels, BookCourt (163 Court, between Dean & Pacific), like many of today’s decent indie bookstores, carries quite a few — and its window currently showcases a half dozen Tintin reprints.
Excelsi— actually, no, not Excelsior! at all.