COMICS AND COMIX CO. was a comic book retailer based in Berkeley,
California , that for a short time also had a publishing division. The
company was founded by
Bud Plant ,
Robert Beerbohm , and John Barrett
Comics and Comix operated from 1972 to 2004.
* 1 History
* 2.1 Titles published
* 3 References
* 4 External links
In late August 1972, while still an undergraduate at San Jose State
Bud Plant co-founded
Comics & Comix with John Barrett
(1950–2001) and Plant's housemate
Robert Beerbohm . The store's
first location was on
Telegraph Avenue in
Berkeley, California .
Comics & Comix helped organize the first Bay Area comics
convention , Berkeleycon 73, in the Pauley Ballroom in the ASUC
Building on the
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley campus. At that
Comics & Comix acquired over 4,000 Golden Age comic books owned
by Tom Reilly. The phenomenal sales of the Reilly collection enabled
Comics & Comix to open more retail locations, first in San Francisco
(May 1973), on Columbus Avenue (down from the North Beach area on the
way to Fisherman\'s Wharf ), and later in San Jose and Sacramento ,
making it the first comic book chain store in America.
Comics & Comix organized Berkeleycon 74, also held at
Berkeley's Pauley Ballroom. A 48-page comic called Tales from the
Berkeley Con, co-published by
Rip Off Press &
Last Gasp , was produced
to promote the convention.
Founding partner Beerbohm left the company in 1975, soon opening his
own store, Best of Two Worlds, in San Francisco.
As part of his distribution business, Plant supplied
Comics & Comix
with product while also handling distribution for much of the West
In 1987, Barrett founded the Wonderful World of
(later known as
WonderCon ), which was first held at the Oakland
In 1988, Plant sold
Comics who ran it successfully until c. 1996.
Retailer Ross Rojek acquired the chain of stores in 1996, during the
speculation downturn, and by 2004 only two
Comics & Comix stores
remained open, in Berkeley and Sacramento. In April 2004, Rojek was
indicted on eight counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and
three counts of money laundering, and was accused of cheating 112
investors out of $2.5 million. At that point, the two remaining Comics
Rojek was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison in
Comics & Comix operated as a comics publisher from 1974–1978. The
company ventured into publishing with Jack Katz 's underground /sword
and sorcery hybrid
The First Kingdom . The company published 6 issues
of that title until 1977, at which point it was continued under
various publishing names by Plant until 1986.
Comics & Comix also
published comics by Jim Pinkoski, Dan O\'Neill , and
Alfredo Alcala .
From 1980 to 1985,
Comics later issues published solely by Bud Plant
* Spaced (3 issues, 1974–1976) — by Jim Pinkoski
* Dan O\'Neill\'s
Comics and Stories vol. 2 (2 issues, 1975) — by
Dan O\'Neill ; picked up from Company ">
* ^ A B C D E "THE TOUCAN INTERVIEW: Bud Plant:
Pioneer," Toucan: The Official Comic-Con & Wondercon Blog (June 28,
* ^ Beerbohm, Robert. "
Comics Dealer Extraordinaire Robert
Beerbohm: In His Own Words", Comic-Convention Memories (Jan. 6, 2010).
* ^ Nolan, Michelle. "Newswatch: Pioneering
Comics Retailer John
Barrett Dies at 50", The
Comics Journal #233 (May 2001), p. 18:
Barrett died March 14, 2001.
* ^ A B Beerbohm, Bob. "Please Consider Buying Some
Industry Icon Robert Beerbohm", The
Comics Reporter (March 14, 2008).
* ^ Fox, M. Steven. "Tales from the Berkeley Con," ComixJoint.
Accessed Dec. 8, 2016.
* ^ "
WonderCon 1987 on KTVU-2 - YouTube".
YouTube . 2011-03-20.
* ^ "Newswatch: "
Comics & Comix Sold", The
Comics Journal #125
(October 1988), pp. 23–24.
Comics and Comix entry, Grand
Comics Database. Accessed Dec. 9,
* ^ "ROJEK GETS SIX YEARS In Federal Prison," ICv2 (Nov. 15, 2004).
Comics & Comix entry, Grand
Comics Database. Accessed Oct. 8,