Alternate Worlds Comics & Collectables has been around for about 15 years, and it's only been in the last two that I had discovered this gem of a store.... and now it's closing. I'm sad for the great guys that worked there, namely Larry Boxshall, who genuinely cared about comics.
It's like I'd made a best-friend of that store and it's staff recently... and now, just when podcasts like NonCanonical, and the local comics creating/buying community was rallying around it more than ANY other (and deservedly so...! because the A.W staff had been so good to us)... someone with a calculator has decided to put a bullet in the store's head.
The official word is that the store is only relocating to Bayswater (far out into the burbs) under a new 'online' business model... but the grass-roots personal nature of such a friendly store that 'kept' buyers loyal, is over (I'm willing to bet).
Larry Boxshall and Joey Morris
It's such a shame because Joe & Larry were on the front cover of a recent AGE mag The City Weekly talking about comics (not to mention on a large billboard in the city's centre promoting the article) and you felt the comics culture in Melbourne rise just that little bit more. I wish the best for Larry and the guys after the store's Chapel St closing (hey, Laz, you might actually be able to drop into a monthly meetup now?), and hope it doesn't dampened their love of comics. It's the death of important things like this that sometimes changes things negatively. I sure hope not.
I feel like I've been kicked in the guts, but I try and remember what made A.W great... it was the staff, the comics and the campfire of friendly conversation.
PS: Join other mourning comic'ers on facebook (like me), that are both sad and annoyed at the store's closure. "Alternate Worlds moving to Bayswater is the stupidest thing I've ever heard"