MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.,-- In a time where kids would rather play video games or surf the internet, running a comic book store can be rough. Eugene Doherty, owner of Comix Plus has struggled recently to draw in a new crowd of comic book loving, superhero admiring clientele.
When I was a kid you collected baseball cards and read comic books, Doherty said. Its a dying medium now.
Doherty, a Mt. Kisco native, has owned the comics haven since 1987. Over the years hes watched as his customers grew up, leaving room for a younger generation to pick up the hobby. Unfortunately they havent.
When I grew up a store like this used to be heaven, he said.
Although comic-book themed movies have been popular over the last couple years, Doherty said that it hasnt done much to boost interest in the books.
There just isnt as much interest in the corresponding merchandise as there used to be, he said. After the first Batman movie came out it was huge, but not anymore.
The rocky economy has not helped business either.
I dont know anyone thats doing great, Doherty said, but yeah, its been slow.
To help appeal to a larger audience, Comix Plus sells action figures, dolls, cards and other accessories.
Doherty still believes that his biggest problem is a lack of interest from a younger generation.
Kids buy video games, they dont buy graphic novels, he said.
Comix Plus is located at 125 Main Street.
Did you read comic books growing up? If so, did you pass them along to your kids?