Comics are a big industry, but besides the comic cons that tour around the nation each city has its selection of comic book shops to supply the locals with their favorite titles and newest releases. In St. Louis, Star Clipper is the premier comic book store and has been an institution for comic book buyers in the city for many years. For a long time they were located in U-City on the Delmar Loop, a historical part of town but recently they moved to downtown St. Louis, right on Washington Street, in another trendy and upwardly mobile part of the city. To find out what the deal is with the Star Clipper and its new location The Gr1nd paid the Star Clipper a visit and we spoke to their manager Keya about the store, the move and comics in general.
What is it like to work at Star Clipper?
Every day is fun, but also challenging! I get to work in a store that’s full of all my favorite things every day! Who wouldn’t love that? The challenges come with learning the content of ALL the merchandise we carry, but it’s definitely a challenge where I don’t mind being up to the task.
In St. Louis, Star Clipper is a comics institution, explain the history of the store?
Star Clipper has been a part of Saint Louis for the last 27 years. It started as a shop just West of the Loop, moved into the Loop, and finally after becoming a part of the Fantasy Books Inc family, it’s found a home in downtown STL! We love our new home and we’re thrilled to continue to see some familiar faces, as well as meeting many new ones!
Besides comics what else does Star Clipper offer?
We offer books, toys, collectibles, apparel, and what’s new to our store and we’re very excited about, a whole section dedicated to games!
What kind of regular events do you have at the store?
Every Monday night & Friday night, we have Magic the Gathering events at our store. Thursday nights are dedicated to learning a new game. Saturdays we play Pokemon and Sundays we play Shadowrun and a new card game called Weiss Schwartz! We also do a monthly book club the 2nd Thursday of every month and the library hosts Comics University every Wednesday night. Simply by attending, you can get 15% off of a purchase in our store on that same night!
What is the new location like?
It’s wonderful! We love being located near so many hotels. We get to see people from all over America who share our love of comics!
What are your favorite comics and what are the best sellers at the store?
My personal favorites are Rat Queens, Saga, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Hack/Slash, and Ms. Marvel. The store best seller without a doubt is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
Check the store out at 1319 Washington Street in downtown St. Louis. Also check out their Facebook and other social media pages-