Comic stores all over the US have been shutting down to due a number of factors. You have the current state of the economy to blame but you also have the problem of mistakes at the comic company and Diamond publishing to blame. The old gimmicks are doing more than not working, they’re actually hurting the stores. Phil Boyle, owner of Coliseum of Comics, wrote a guest-post for ICv2 giving some ideas on the store’s end and on the publisher’s end for keeping comic stores in business. Here’s one I’d add: Remember that what made the medium popular were kids using their allowance to buy comic books, and maybe figure out how to price comics so they can do so again and make comics kids can enjoy. Even the kids comics are too expensive and they aren’t getting the superhero stories I got as a kid. I’m all for showing that comics aren’t just for kids but the solution is NOT making sure comics aren’t for kids at all.