Sale of the Century

By Allan I. Ross
Andy Morrow, owner of 21st Century Comics and Games in East Lansing, has begun liquidating his merchandise before he closes the 13-year-old store next month. Photos by Jordyn Timpson

After 13 years, East Lansing comic book store calling it quits

Wednesday, May 15 — Even superheroes have to hang up their capes, sometimes. Today,
Andy Morrow, owner of 21st Century Comics and Games, announced that he’ll be closing his East Lansing comic book store “sometime in June.”

DSC_0121.JPG“It all depends on how quickly I can sell everything,” Morrow said. “It was a good run, but I just got tired of having two jobs. My degree is in telecom, and I want to focus more on that aspect of my career.”

In a release, Morrow said, “I have spent the last year working to sell the store. Unfortunately I have not found a buyer. With the end of my lease approaching, the time has come to close.

Morrow, 30, bought the business in 2007 from the store’s second owner, Dave Wallace. Morrow said 21st Century opened in 2000 under W. A. Gilmore in one of the lower suites in the plaza, 515 E. Grand River Ave.

DSC_0115.JPGBesides comic books, 21st Century sells role-playing games, trade paperbacks and miniatures. Morrow enacted a storewide discount marking everything 20 percent off. He said there be also be “flash sales” to spur business.

He has a final order coming in May 29, which will be included in the sale.

DSC_0136.JPG21st Century Comics and Games
515 E. Grand River Ave. Suite I, East Lansing
11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday & Saturday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday
(517) 324-3585