A mecca for comic book fans throughout the Ozarks is closing.
The Comic Cave, which has been providing the latest comics to collectors and fans since 2013, announced they will be closing in a Facebook post.
“The short story is, I have too much debt, not enough sales, and the market is changing/has changed,” Comic Cave owner Josh Roberts posted on Facebook.
The store’s supplier of comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, closed the account for the business because of debt. Diamond has a virtual monopoly on distribution of comics, so the closing of the account effectively bars Comic Cave from being able to obtain any new comic books.
The store has been struggling for a number of months due to subscribers who made reservations of comics but then did not come in and pay for the product, leaving owner Roberts to deal with the added expense.
The store is starting a liquidation sale on Saturday, which is also the annual Free Comic Book Day celebration where most comic book stores around the nation give away special free editions of different comics.
Despite the impending closure, Roberts is keeping a positive outlook.
“I am proud of the community we built at The Comic Cave,” Roberts posted on Facebook. “I have made many friends since we opened in 2013, and I hope that everyone has had a great time in the store. I wish I could keep it going, but that is not an option any longer.”
Comic Cave is located at 1316 East Battlefield in Springfield and Free Comic Book Day Saturday begins at 10 a.m..