Some things are worth waiting for

After a frantic relaunch just before our first author event in our new space, it’s nice to take some time out, catch your breath and bask in what we’ve accomplished thus far this year. For those of you that have been lax in your visits, we completely redid the floor plan at the very end of February/beginning of March, and after a little bit of tweaking and tidying we got everything just where we want it…for now. No to be left behind in the 20th century, we’ve also thrown ourselves into the crazy internet ring of fire that is MySpace, where we got a very warm reception and a lot of folks happy to see a book and comic shop “representing,” or “holding it down” or whatever cool terminology the young people are using nowadays.

After years of successful eBay auctions, we expanded and got ourselves an eBay storefront, so we can list even more great Dark Star stuff for the masses. You can visit our eBay store at the “Online Store” tab near the top of this page. Also, you can browse all of the special, rare, and collectable books we list on ABEbooks at this link here.

As some of you also may know, our beloved store cat Bart passed away just before the June street fair after a struggle with kidney disease. Just after he passed, one of our regular customers told us one of her barn cats had just given birth to a black cat and wanted to know if we’d be interested in adopting him as our new store cat. We agreed (because it’s just not Dark Star without a cat), and after about a month Mr. Eko reported for duty. He’s growing like a weed, but still has all the precocious energy of a kitten. You can check out pictures of Bart and Eko at our cat page, located here.

Given that the internet is supposed to be informative, we’re going to be doing our best to keep you abreast of all the major (and humorously minor) developments at the store and the circles we move in, be they books, comics, games or any of the other things that catch our fancy. You can keep up with the comic industry from a retailers perspective, namely our own Steve Bennett and his “Confessions of a Comic Guy” weekly column appearing on ICv2. We’re also going to be announcing the comics coming in our Wednesday shipment on the Friday previous on our Comics page, which gives you 5 whole days to plan out what you want to rush in and buy. Be sure to also check out the featured books on our Books page, which also lists guidelines for those of you interested in selling books to the store. Our Collectables Page will also highlight all of the other miscellaneous goodies that we get in on a regular basis.

For those of you that are super-scientists, secret agents or super-villains-on-the-go who don’t have time to run back and check a webpage for whenever it’s updated, check out our main page for email subscriptions for this Blog (News), Steve’s Column or the Comic Shipping Lists (Comics). Or, if you’ve got one of them-there fancy news readers, you can subscribe to each list via an RSS feed. The little pixies in the internet tubes will deliver our words to your screens just as soon as we’ve finished typing them.

Whew. It’s a lot to see and it was a lot to put together, so “big ups” (there’s more of that teenager speak I shouldn’t be using) to Living Pixel Design for arranging it and making it look so good.

Now that all of that is taken care of, I’m going to check out some other things that were well worth waiting for: Civil War #4 and Charlie Huston’s new book A Dangerous Man.