Black Cat Comics Raises Money For Cancer During Quest For Pandemic Survival
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A local comic book store has found success and even raised money for cancer while navigating the pandemic’s economic challenges.
Wednesday was National Superhero Day and KSL’s Dan Spindle checked on another tangible reminder of the past to see if comic books really have a future — or if the pandemic finally turned the page on this heroic hobby.
“We had to cut down hours, we had to cut down employees, hours of operation, what we were ordering and thankfully, we’ve got a lot of back issues. So we’ve got a ton of older books,” said Greg Gage, owner of Black Cat Comics in Sugar House.
That back catalog of the standard Batman and Spider-Man, Supergirl or the Fantastic 4 kept customers coming back.
Gage couldn’t carry the weight all by himself after 17 years in the comic book business — but a desire to hold onto something that tells a story is a feeling that’s alive and well.
“So much of it is just touching, it’s a physical medium, it’s collecting and a lot of people just don’t want to buy — especially high-priced items – online,” he said.
Gage actually ships an awful lot and that comes down to trust — people trust that there’s no supervillain, alter-ego at Black Cat. It’s just comic book enthusiasts looking to save the day, one colorful story at a time.
Black Cat has your typical social media presence with interaction with customers and announcements of new inventory, but if you go to their official Facebook page, you’ll also find Gage’s pride and joy — his recent cancer fundraiser.
Generous folks in the community sucker-punched cancer, raising well over the $1,500 goal Gage set.
As a cancer survivor himself he’d like to keep it going to help the real superheroes out there. So check out the page and make a donation if you can.*
To give you an idea of just how well they’re doing — Gage said they knocked down a wall and took over the 1,100-square-foot space next door. So they aren’t just surviving — they’re thriving.
Check them out just west of Sugar House Park off Highland Drive.
*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.
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