The announcement that venerated comic book shop Star Clipper is closing for good sent a shockwave of despair throughout St. Louis yesterday, hitting longtime collectors and casual comic fans alike.
For St. Louis' large community of geeks and nerds (and Daily RFT uses those terms with great affection), Star Clipper was more than just a place to stop by on Wednesdays for the latest issues. It was a community drawn together at artist signings, ladies' night and the annual Free Comic Book Day celebration to discover works from mainstream creators as well as up-and-coming local authors.
So it's understandable that the comics lovers of St. Louis are in mourning over the loss of the revered shop Star Clipper.
Daily RFT dove into the online reaction to Star Clipper's closing and noticed three distinct stages of mourning:First, there's the blind panic that sets in when you realize your favorite shop is closing. On Twitter, this is usually communicated via ALL CAPS and exclamation points.
STAR CLIPPER IS CLOSING? My god my god— Ben DeClue (@bendeclue) January 15, 2015
What!? I just got an email saying that Star Clipper is closing? Why!? :(— Airsnares (@Airsnares) January 15, 2015
Star Clipper is closing? Why? What madness hath mankind wrought?— Psych Squared (@ThePsych2) January 15, 2015
Even though I don't live in St. Louis anymore, this breaks my heart.
Star Clipper is closing!http://t.co/DlLOrnZ4cT— Ashley B (@MitigatedText) January 15, 2015
Star Clipper closing really sucks.— Chris Koerner (@ckoerner) January 15, 2015
Star Clipper is closing. The worst news.— Annie McCance ⛵ (@tigeranniemac) January 15, 2015
@StarClipper Really sad to hear this, Star Clipper had the best staff. Hope things work out for them.— James Hill (@reverend_james) January 15, 2015
Star Clipper's closing gives me one less reason to visit the Loop.— Matt Frederick (@mattfredstl) January 15, 2015
Star Clipper wasn't exactly "my" comic store, but it was nice the couple of times I went. Makes trips to The Loop less appealing...— ChristmasSnowshiMage (@chaosyoshimage) January 15, 2015
So RIP, Star Clipper. Thanks for 27 years.