We Was Robbed
The Wow Cool | Alternative Comics shop in Cupertino, California was broken into sometime this weekend by way of a very large rock. Several hundred dollars of comics and books were stolen. We were very fortunate that there was a replacement window available. The glass from the window that was smashed broke into an impressive quantity of shards both small and large and the debris field stretched from the end of the patio outside the shop all the way to the back of it. The books closest to the window need to be individually vacuumed.
The thief or thieves were bizarrely selective in their choices of books to remove. Several new Alternative Comics published books were removed, including copies of Derf Backderf’s True Stories, Devin Flynn’s Hawd Tales and four copies of Noah Van Sciver’s A City of Whiskey and Fire.
Also missing were about 2/3 of a couple of shelves of big fancy art books and our hodge podge shelfs of larger art books and political and slice of life comics including books by Henriette Valium, Keith Knight, Lloyd Dangle, and Neil Gaiman, including at least one signed edition. The total retail price of all the books that were stolen is around a thousand dollars.
We have cleaned up most of the mess and are now just mostly dazed and confused.
The best way you can help us out in this difficult time is by buying books from our shop, online, or in person at the Cupertino store. We will be open on schedule at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 16th.
A partial list of what was taken and some before and after photos is after the jump. If you have any information, please contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office at (408) 868-6600.
The main shelves that were taken from. August, 2014. Several more books had been added since.
Those same shelves right after the burglary was discovered.
|4||A City of Whiskey and Fire||Noah Van Sciver||978-1-934460-63-4||4.99|
|1||The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Piza||James Kochalka||978-1596439177||12.99|
|1||Hawd Tales||Devin Flynn||978-1-934460-62-7||4.99|
|1||The Best of Milligan & McCarthy||Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy||978-1616551537||24.99|
|3||True Stories Volume One||Derf Backderf||978-1-934460-78-8||5.99|
|1||A Body Beneath||Michael DeForge||978-1927668078||15|
|2||????? ?????||H. Valium||978-608-65598-0-9||30|
|1||Mr. Punch 1995 edition||Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean||978-1563892462||24.95|
|1||Violent Cases Tundra edition (signed by the author)||Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean||19.95|
|1||Jimbo’s Inferno||Gary Panter||978-1560976912||29.95|
|1||Elektra Lives Again||Frank Miller||978-0871357380||24.99|
|1||X’ed Out||Charles Burns||978-0307379139||21.95|
|1||Skin Deep||Charles Burns||978-1606991671||16.99|
|1||Scam: The First Four Issues!||Erick Lyle||978-1934620700||14.95|
|3||Comic Book Artist Magazine||7.5|
|1||Understanding Comics||Scott McCloud||978-1568620190||19.95|
|1||Gigantic Robot||Tom Gauld||978-1935443001||16.95|
|1||Anatomy For Artists||Anthony Apesos||978-1581809312||22.99|
|1||Stray Bullets 1||David Lapham||29.95|
|1||Stray Bullets 2||David Lapham||29.95|
|1||Hi- Fructose 31||7.95|
|misc. other books and magazines|
And at least a dozen other books and magazines. Titles include Juxtapoz, Bust, Back Issue, Study Group. There is a selection of books by Keith Knight, Jen Sorensen, Joe Sacco and Lloyd Dangle as well..