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The last comment was meant to read "Stand Up Comics on San Pablo"....if you go, say hi to Zack on weekends. Funny guy who will talk to his customers rather than ignore them, which happened to me the last two times I went to Comic Relief.
The current operators of CR have ruined it. This article seems to have no historical perspective. CR has changed for the worse since Rory passed. What happened??
As a long-time buyer, I have noticed that the customer service and communications with customers ended months ago. CR has been a destination for 20 plus years. I switched my comic purchasing from Comics & Comix to CR soon after it opened--along with many others--because of the friendly and creative energy Rory created at the "new" store. The employees talked to the customers, made recommendations and there were many eclectic choices. The rapport with customers ended a while after Rory's death. What really happened? Where are the old employees?
Dr. Comics on Piedmont Ave. and Comic Relief on San Pablo still have friendly employees and good selections. If CR dies, it is suicide. The current operators can't blame anyone but themselves. The demand in Berkeley is huge--the current operators have squandered the goodwill of 23 years so quickly and then have the nerve to blame a lack of customer loyalty and other cliches of the market. Pathetic.
Wonderful news! I will drive a little to linger over the new shelves. Black Oak will be another destination in West Berkeley.
Is this another case of cultural gentrification? The long-ago loss of Rountrees as a music venue and the decline of live music in general in the East Bay, especially for African American performers, is another story.
I will be there on the 17th!
Free doesn't equal quality. Newspapers need to be able to have professionals covering stories. I want my news to come from people who are paid a living wage and not just from bloggers doing it for free. Of course, if papers charge for on-line content, they better provide value and simply re-print press releases and what the NYT has already pubished.
Devil misses the point--charging to view content is how newspapers have decided to "monetize" online content.
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