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.
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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,
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
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
Comix with product while also handling distribution for much of the
In 1987, Barrett founded the Wonderful World of
(later known as WonderCon), which was first held at the Oakland
In 1988, Plant sold
Comics & Comix to the company's
comptroller; 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 & Comics
locations closed down; Rojek was sentenced to more than six years
in federal prison in November 2004.
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
From 1980 to 1985,
Comics & Comix also published the industry
trade journal Telegraph Wire (named after the street of their flagship
The First Kingdom
The First Kingdom (6 issues, 1974–1977) — by Jack Katz; later
issues published solely by Bud Plant
Spaced (3 issues, 1974–1976) — by Jim Pinkoski
Comics and Stories vol. 2 (2 issues, 1975) — by Dan
O'Neill; picked up from Company & Sons
Magic Carpet (2 issues, 1977–1978) — by Alfredo Alcala
Telegraph Wire (24 issues, 1980–Dec./Jan. 1985) — trade journal
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Pioneer," Toucan: The Official Comic-Con & Wondercon Blog (June
^ 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
Comics From 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. Retrieved
^ "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,
Comics and Comix at the Grand
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