Broadway Comics and Cards Shutting its Doors

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SACRAMENTO -- For nearly 30 years, Broadway Comics and Cards has been a super hero staple in Sacramento. But, in a few weeks, its long run will end, as yet another comic book store shuts down.

"I love opening every Wednesday, a box of comics -- my shipment," said store owner Wilson Lew.

When Lew opened Broadway Comics and Cards in 1988, he convinced his landlord to let him move in early.

"I was like really scared, I was always afraid -- will anybody even buy anything from me?" he said.

In a few weeks, no one will -- at least not at his store.

After nearly 30 years, Lew is closing shop.

"The whole thing about owning physical comics, like I said, people just don't want to fill up their homes anymore," Lew said.

Lew says he's the latest victim in a changing landscape of comic book consumption.

Sales just aren't what they used to be. On top of that, his rent, which he says was $500 a month in 1988, will be $1,600 a month come the new year.

But it's a run customers appreciate.

"I'm still the old school like Cage, and I'm really excited about the Black Panther movie coming out," said Brady Blakeley.

Blakeley says he's been coming to the comic book shop for years. His favorite part of being in the space hasn't always been the printed page -- but rather the people who share the same passion of heroes and fantasy.

"The times that I came here, I could always find young people, adults that might be from two completely different worlds but actually came and met right together and had something in common, that one moment of time and we were talking the same language," Blakeley said.

Nowadays, Lew says half his comics and card sales happen online. The Sac State grad says he'll sell online full time when his brick and mortar store shuts down next month. And just like his first day here, Lew says he'll be just as nervous in his next phase of sharing and selling.

"Because that's scary too. All you know is that 'oh I got an email somebody want something?' OK, wow! Yay, yay, yay," Lew said.

Lew says his last day at Broadway Comics and Cards on Broadway in Sacramento will be Jan. 10.