Hey everybody, did you know print is “dying”? Gee, I sure didn’t. Anyway, slow print sales affect more than just local newspapers and national glossies. Joseph Liesner of Sunnyside, Queens is shutting down his 30-year-old comic book store. The 80-year-old says business just isn’t what it used to be.
In true wistful-old-man fashion, Liesner tells the Sunnyside Post that the Internet and video games are to blame for the obsolescence of comic book stores. “Gone are the days when kids would collect things, like stamps and sports cards,” he explains.
You have to hand it to the guy. In the face of the death of his business, the way so many independent booksellers have gone, he’s managed to find some humor and even be a little self-effacing. Liesner replaced a “Help Wanted” sign in his store with a “Girlfriend Wanted.” It seems more cute than creepy, but you decide for yourself:
WANTED: Girl-Friend [sic] 35-60 ATTRACTIVE, EDUCATED, INTERESTING FOR AN OLD GEEZER WHO IS AN EDUCATED, INTERESTING, GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST, HANDSOME, KIND FUN GUY. APPLY INSIDE.
Liesner, we think you might have better luck on Craigslist.
(h/t: Sunnyside Post)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 15, 2013