SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Aaron Trites opened now or never comics at the corner of 11th Avenue and F Street in the East Village in December 2018.
“I moved here from Boston about five years ago and opened up downtown specifically to be close to Comic Con,” Trites said.
We all know what the world and life have been like since the last Comic Con in 2019.
The pandemic has forced businesses to close, and conventions like Comic-Con have been put on hold until it’s safe to do so.
“And not having that was, you know, a huge inconvenience for us,” he said. “So for the show to come back, that’s exactly what I’ve been waiting for.”
This expectation translates into significant sales with the major convention making its return.
“Daily sales were three to four times above average. It was awesome. We had more people through the door than any other day we’ve ever had,” Trites said.
People who took Interstate 5 for Comic-Con stop by to visit the local store.
“I haven’t picked up my weekly comics yet, so maybe I’ll pick them up here,” said Mary Cohen, who visits Comic Con from Los Angeles.
And others traveled thousands of miles to San Diego for the convention and came too.
“Because there are a lot of things that you don’t find at Comic-Con that you find in local stores. And I think this is where it all happens, you know, where they say the magic happens is in local stores,” said Carlos Casaprima, who is from Spain.
Trites said there were waves of dozens of people at one point in the store. It’s a sight he loves to see.
“It’s great to see people find books they’ve been looking for. It’s great to find toys they’ve been looking for since childhood,” he said. “And it’s been so much fun talking to people around the world. You know, talking to people who come from Belgium and are looking for “Tin-Tin” comics. A guy from Australia looking for ‘Wild Dog’ comics.
Getting the increase in profits and customers from Comic-Con makes the wait worth it.
“But San Diego Comic-Con in particular is very much part of the city’s DNA. So having the Con back was awesome,” Trites said. in San Diego.”
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