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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
Bud Plant
, Robert Beerbohm , and John Barrett . Comics
Comics
and Comix operated from 1972 to 2004.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Publishing
Publishing

* 2.1 Titles published

* 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

In late August 1972, while still an undergraduate at San Jose State University , Bud Plant
Bud Plant
co-founded Comics
Comics
& Comix with John Barrett (1950–2001) and Plant's housemate Robert Beerbohm . The store's first location was on Telegraph Avenue
Telegraph Avenue
in Berkeley, California
Berkeley, California
.

In 1973 Comics
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 show, Comics
Comics
& Comix acquired over 4,000 Golden Age comic books owned by Tom Reilly. The phenomenal sales of the Reilly collection enabled Comics
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.

In 1974, Comics
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
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
Comics
& Comix with product while also handling distribution for much of the West Coast.

In 1987, Barrett founded the Wonderful World of Comics
Comics
Convention (later known as WonderCon
WonderCon
), which was first held at the Oakland Convention Center.

In 1988, Plant sold Comics
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
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 November 2004.

PUBLISHING

Comics
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
Comics
& Comix also published comics by Jim Pinkoski, Dan O\'Neill , and Alfredo Alcala .

From 1980 to 1985, Comics
Comics
later issues published solely by Bud Plant * Spaced (3 issues, 1974–1976) — by Jim Pinkoski * Dan O\'Neill\'s Comics
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: Comics
Comics
Retailing Pioneer," Toucan: The Official Comic-Con & Wondercon Blog (June 28, 2013). * ^ Beerbohm, Robert. " Comics
Comics
Dealer Extraordinaire Robert Beerbohm: In His Own Words", Comic-Convention Memories (Jan. 6, 2010). * ^ Nolan, Michelle. "Newswatch: Pioneering Comics
Comics
Retailer John Barrett Dies at 50", The Comics
Comics
Journal #233 (May 2001), p. 18: Barrett died March 14, 2001. * ^ A B Beerbohm, Bob. "Please Consider Buying Some Comics
Comics
From Industry Icon Robert Beerbohm", The Comics
Comics
Reporter (March 14, 2008). * ^ Fox, M. Steven. "Tales from the Berkeley Con," ComixJoint. Accessed Dec. 8, 2016. * ^ " WonderCon