West Seattle business news: Arcane Comics closing its location here

We had checked out rumors in the past few weeks that this was likely to happen – but no official announcement was made till now. Thanks to Aaron for sharing e-mail from Arcane Comics confirming its West Seattle store (3219 California SW) is closing:

“Arcane Comics West Seattle is closing. Over the last two years we have appreciated the opportunity to serve the West Seattle neighborhood.

For subscribers, we will continue pulling your subscriptions through January 19th. We are more than happy to move your subscription boxes to Ballard at any point between now and then. However, we realize that Ballard may be too long of a trip for your comic books. If you would like we are more than happy to e-mail your subscription list to any shop of your choosing as well. Just let us know what you are interested in doing.

You can send an e-mail to acws@arcanecomics.net letting us know if you prefer Ballard, another Shop or closing your box. Let us know at your earliest convenience. We will be making other announcements throughout the weeks ahead. But you who have supported us through this process will be the first alerted.

As of today Monday, January 10th, 2011 only at Arcane Comics West Seattle Location – All single issue comics are $1.00. 50% off everything else in the store.”

Arcane opened in April 2009, taking over part of the storefront previously occupied by Prudential Northwest Realty before its move to Jefferson Square.

15 Replies to "West Seattle business news: Arcane Comics closing its location here"

  • Eilis Flynn January 10, 2011 (10:03 am)

    Drat! I liked having a local comic book store, too. Good luck, Arcane.

  • pigeon hill jim January 10, 2011 (10:28 am)

    That’s a loss for West Seattle. My family will miss our monthly trip to Arcane. Good luck.

  • Laurie January 10, 2011 (10:38 am)

    Darn it. Good luck to you, Arcane. Guess I’ll have to visit Ballard again.

  • CCW January 10, 2011 (11:03 am)


  • maplesyrup January 10, 2011 (11:17 am)


    too bad

  • charlabob January 10, 2011 (12:53 pm)

    Damn (see my forum post). I’ve always meant to stop there, because I love comic book stores. But there was never a parking place, the dog ate my credit card, etc. Arcane, we barely knew you — in my case we didn’t. I’m sad to see you go.

  • rich January 10, 2011 (1:42 pm)

    This stinks. I’m really going to miss my thursday visits. If Jeremy ends up at the Ballard location I will absolutely switch over my subscription service.

  • wsl January 10, 2011 (2:43 pm)

    Does anyone know why it’s closing? I don’t see any mention of this in the report or comments.

  • Metal Jesus January 10, 2011 (5:11 pm)

    I hate to see a local business close like this, but as an avid comic reader myself, I have read more comic books on the iPad in the last year then in the 20 years since high school! Comics aren’t going away, they are just going digital… And while they are not the exact same experience as printed paper, having the ability to carry around entire collections with me is pretty awesome.

  • anonymous January 10, 2011 (5:14 pm)

    I’m not sorry to see them go. I ordered 4 comic books from them – never got any of them.

  • hector the collector January 10, 2011 (5:17 pm)

    the one time i visited, all they had were 10 copies each of most titles from the last 2 years and nothing earlier.

    not really a comic shop so much as a repo for recent back issues, no big loss.

  • mark s. January 11, 2011 (4:02 pm)

    For people who read current titles, it’s a great loss (and very much a comic shop). Jeremy especially. Good customer service is hard to come by, and he was always on top of the game.

    I’ll make the move to Ballard to see Brett and Amanda (and hopefully J.). But I’ll be annoyed because … Ballard.

    As for reasons, my ‘diplomatic’ understanding is that the co-owner (that doesn’t also co-own the Ballard shop), lost interest, and opted to move on.

  • Melissa January 11, 2011 (10:45 pm)

    Boo! Sorry to see Arcane go! Hope Jeremy ends up at the Ballard store – we loved him!

  • Cheri January 12, 2011 (5:24 pm)


  • J.L. Anderson January 30, 2011 (12:38 pm)

    I probably would have visited them more if they supported indy comics like Zanadus in Seattle. Every time I walked in that store it just reminded me of the slow death of the comic industry.

    ~J.L, indy comic artist and writer.

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