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Zanadu no more?

 

Well, all good things must come to an end.  After over 4 decades of selling the coolest comic books around, Zanadu Comics will be closing in January of next year.  Zanadu Comics is a comic book shop located at 1923 3rd Ave in Seattle.

Zanadu started way back in 1975.  At the time, it was only one of three shops that specialized in comic books.  It has been at its downtown Seattle location for 30 years.  At one point, there was even a second store in the U District.

But the times, they are a changing.  The changing economic landscape has not been kind to many small business in the downtown corridor and unfortunately, Zanadu has fallen victim to that.  Increases in rent and city development have dealt quite the blow to might Zanadu.

An ambituous GoFundMe champaign was started late in 2016 and has had quite the success, but not quite enough to save Zanadu as it stands right now.

Zanadu was the dream of Perry Plush.  Having had the pleasure of meeting the illustrious owner on numerous occasions, I can say the legends are all true.  The man is a superhero in his own right.  As the “president and janitor” of Zanadu, he’s a former body builder and comic book fan since 1965.  He’ll gladly share with you his love of comics as well as help you find your own passion in comics.

They have been a mainstay in the Seattle comic book community for years.  This is a loss not just to the comic book and superhero community, but all of Seattle as well.  The Emerald City will be just a touch less shiny when the lights go out for the last time at Zanadu.

According to Zanadu Comic’s facebook page , it looks like there is still hope for a future of Zanadu or another endeavor for Perry Plush in some form, just not likely the downtown comic book shop that has served Seattle for all these decades.  Whatever is next in store, I hope it’s super!

The last day of business is January 28, 2018.

Who watches the Watchmen?

Seattle is a city of culture, art, and science. It is a city of technological innovations and social progress.

But it is also a city of superheroes.

The Emerald City finds itself the home to a bevy of self-appointed dispensers of justice. Individuals calling them superheroes patrol the streets, righting wrongs in their own way. These are “Real Life Superheroes,” people who actually try to a superhero in the real world. Though many draw inspiration from the fictional characters of comic books, they are not the same. Though the superhero “community” in Seattle has waxed and waned over the years, there has been a continual presence for the better part of a decade.

But who watches over these self-proclaimed protectors of the streets? Is there any way to hold them accountable? How do keep track of all these superheroes out about in our fair city? Who watches…the Watchmen?

“Who watches the Watchmen?” is the tagline from, “The Watchmen,” a graphic novel published by DC Comics and later produced into a big budget movie. Written by Alan Moore, it serves as a social commentary on the state of the world and of comic books of the time, a critique on power and the fallacy of putting faith in heroes. It is a cautionary tale, not a road map.

Real-life superheroes seem to really like it, as many have a tendency to quote it a lot. It is up to debate whether or not that got the message that Alan Moore was trying to tell.

I have been following the real-life superhero movement since 2009. Since learning of them, I have befriended many of them, tagged along on more patrols than I can remember, and even participated in various outreaches and event. I have yet to “don a mask” like them and have no plans to, so in the meantime, I hope to write about them and share their stories.

My hope is that this blog shines some light on Seattle’s superhero side. From my personal thoughts and first-hand account, my goal is to bring out the truth in those that stand for truth and justice. Expect superhero-related news, commentary, police reports, information, public events, and even some satire.

So, who watches the Watchmen? Well, I do.