So, for the last few years we’ve be publishing on this blog effectively the same overview that we regularly email out to our customers, that being an overview of comics (and other stuff) that we think looks interesting and may be to them as well. However, it’s time consuming to get that content onto this site. When we started out it didn’t seem to be, but over time as WordPress has updated (or our software/PC has gotten older) it has become a more protracted and frustrating exercise. So, for the time being – and to assure you dear reader that we are still here and are still ‘on mission’ – we’ll actually ‘blog’ whatever occurs to us at the time inspiration strikes. With any luck it will be related to what we do :) nd if you’d like those emailed overviews we do, just drop us a line and we’ll sort you out.
Trolling through the interweb via the power of google, a search of Bag End Books (yes, being nostalgic here) brings up little more than a lot of indexing by various web-crawling software for the store’s old site address and contact details. The only repository nuggets of meaningful information are a few blog entries mentioning the store (including our fair blog and facebook page). Other than that, the life and times of Bag End Books is now lost to the ultimately finite collective memories of those folk who used to frequent the store during the 1990’s/early 2000’s. It strikes me that while this is not uncommon for many stores from that era it is unfortunate that there is not the sort of photo/social footprint of the store that would have existed, had it still been open today, or conversely, had the interweb/related technology existed earlier. While the original store signage still exists and some of the framed artwork that hung inside the store, little else does. I have only one(!) photo of the counter and mess that resided behind it (including me). Other than that, I’m not aware of any other photo records of the store’s interiors. It wasn’t the flashest of stores by any stretch but it did what it needed to do and I hope that it is largely remembered fondly.
Dunedin Comics would love to hold a similar presence in town today, but the retail seas of today are vastly different to those that the good ship ‘Bag End’ sailed so well in its time. The short, Dunedin Comics would be at risk trying to operate in a brick and mortar fashion. The downside is that it is more difficult to create a shared experience without a physical store. But, it’s people ultimately that make anything work and worthwhile, and i like to think that’s where Dunedin Comics still works well, caring about peoples interests through regular contact and service . A lot of satisfaction is taken that the spirit of Bag End has been allowed to live on through Dunedin Comics thanks to a loyal base of customers. Do you have any emotive connection to stores from your past when you were young/a student/any other significant time in your life? I’d love to hear from you if you do, in particular if you were a customer at Bag End and would love to recount what the store meant to you, what you used to enjoy collecting and, if by chance, you even have some photos of the store inside or out.
That’s enough rambling of yesteryear. For now, some new upcoming previews emails for July’s comic releases need to be started. And our view remains unchanged, this is still the best time to be a fan of all things comic books – the comic book industry is arguably a significant contributor, and lifeline, to much of the world’s entertainment industries. So help support it and give a comic (or three) a good home today by subscribing via Dunedin Comics. You’ll be glad you did ;)