A special message from Mike.

Hello, everyone…this is Mike, longtime manager for Ralph’s Comic Corner and Seth’s Games and Anime. I’ve told a few of you in person at the shop, but I’m announcing it here as well that I will be leaving my job here in a couple of weeks. I am moving on to open my own shop, which you can read more about at my personal weblog where I apparently can’t shut up about it.

I came to work for Ralph in the late 1980s, leaving my previous librarian job and replacing the departing Ray (and you get special bonus points if you folks remember Ray!) and I have been slinging the funnybooks, the role playing games, the trading cards, and even the occasional pog ever since. That wasn’t all I did…I made the occasional foray into writing, such as for this short-lived music magazine, and more recently, I teamed up with a bunch of pals and wrote this parody of writing style guides (that you can buy for a whole penny on Amazon, and I promise it’s worth every cent!).

But mostly I sold comics, new and old, for a very, very long time. And I enjoyed it, even as we rode out the decline of the market in the ’90s so shortly after the Batman movie-inspired boom time of the late ’80s. And I got to know a lot of you over the years, watched a lot of you grow up, marry, and bring in your own children to discover the world of comics. I watched some of you discover comics, enjoy them for years, sort of fade out of the hobby, and then come back again. And I’ve seen plenty of you maintain your enjoyment of comics over the decades, faithfully coming in each and every week for the new arrivals, counting on us to provide you with the latest installments of your favorite series week after week, year after year. It has been my pleasure to know all of you, and I want to thank all of you for being my customers for all this time, for your kindness, your friendship, your generosity, your humor, and your patience.

I will still be in contact with Seth and Ralph on a regular basis, so if there is still any secret Mike knowledge required to keep that store running smoothly, I’ll be available to help.

Thanks once more to everyone for all of your patronage over the years. I’ll miss being at the store, but I’ll miss my customers even more.

And now, here are a bunch of pictures, mostly of me posing and pretending to read some comic or ‘nother: