The SF Missions only comic book store in danger of closing

first_imgThe Mission’s only comic book store is in danger of closing and is seeking support from the community. According to a post on the Mission: Comics & Art’s website, sales were down 17 percent in 2017, equal to $72,000.Owner Leef Smith has invited people on Facebook to come to an emergency meeting on Sunday night “to help figure out next steps.”Smith is hoping to engage supporters and brainstorm ways to keep the store going. “I have some ideas and I’d like to hear from others,” he said on Friday. 0% One possibility, he says, is to start a membership drive using a crowdsourcing platform like Patreon. Smith cited Wicked Grounds, the kink-friendly cafe in SoMa, which was forced to shut down earlier this month before being saved by a robust membership drive using the online platform Patreon. Within a few days, the cafe had raised the needed $15,000 a month to stay open, and now it’s netting a monthly $17,492. Borderlands Books in the Mission also created a successful sponsorship program when it faced possible closure in 2015. Smith does not yet have a specific benchmark he needs to meet to stay open, but he says the solution will need to be sustainable.“If I knew [sales] would get better, it would be a different situation,” he said. “But I don’t have the confidence, unfortunately.” Signs of trouble began right before the 2016 election, Smith says, when ordinarily sales would start to pick up during the holiday season. But they didn’t.“People just weren’t buying,” he says. In a post on his website, Smith breaks down the decline in sales by publication. The declines were across the board for trade publications, but Marvel and Image comics showed the steepest decline, at $10,000 for the year.To put Mission’s struggles in perspective, comic sales across the country slumped 10 percent last year, ending an almost 15-year growth spurt in the industry.Smith says that he has talked to other comic book stores in San Francisco, and they too are experiencing the dip. Comix Experience, another store on Divisadero, reports sales are down by 8.5 percent. “I’m talking about it because I think there is a community here that wants to keep the store open,” Smith says.Mission Local spoke to Smith on New Year’s Day. He told us that 2017 had been a bad year. He attributed part of the decline in sales to the 2016 presidential election. “My perspective is that people are nervous and anxious and don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s the scarcity thinking: I need to hold on to what I have. People are reading less and on the Internet more.”But he also thinks the city’s changing demographics and a more transient population plays a role. “A lot of my older customers have been forced out,” he said. Mission: Comics & Art will be holding its meeting Sunday at 6 p.m. at 2250 Mission St. center_img Tags: Business • mission street • Mission: Comics & Art Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

The game kicks off at 730pm and Derek Traynors s

first_imgThe game kicks off at 7.30pm and Derek Traynor’s side are seeking their third Grand Final appearance in four years – after being crowned Champions in 2016.Today, we have more great news as two of our young stars – both Academy products – have committed their futures to the club.Centre Matty Costello has signed a two-year contract whilst Jack Ashworth has penned a year’s deal that could be extended for another season depending on appearances.Both players have enjoyed extended runs in the first team this season and impressed on dual-registration at Sheffield.Costello has also been shortlisted for the 2018 Betfred Championship and League 1 Young Player of the Year Award.“Matty has really developed in the first team and has done a fantastic job for us,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “He has learnt a lot about what being a full time professional is all about and is an exciting young player.“It’s been great for Jack to finally string some games together both at Sheffield and with us. He has played well and will be a great player of the future for us.“Like Matty, he has learnt a lot on the details of the game; he is enthusiastic, very keen to learn and is great player to work with.”Matty, 20, made his Saints first team debut in April this year and has gone on to make a further five appearances for the club – alongside his 15 on dual-registration at Sheffield.He signed for Saints from Orrell St James, went on tour with the Academy in 2015 and played a significant part in the unbeaten 2016 Academy side.He was also selected to play for England U18s.“I’m really pleased to have signed a new deal at the club,” he said. “It has given me confidence and shown I am on the right path.“I will keep working hard at getting better in every aspect and hopefully I will be able to gain more game time soon.”Jack, 23, has made five appearances for Saints this season after impressing on dual-registration with Sheffield.The former Rochdale Cobra was a product of Rochdale’s Service Area before moving to the Saints under 19s as part of the Club’s partnership with Rochdale in 2013.He made his first team debut against Hull on Easter Monday in 2015 and played a further six times in 2016.Jack added: “I am really happy to have signed a new one-year deal. With my injuries and not playing as much as I would have liked I didn’t think it was something that was on the cards. But I have been given a chance and I feel I have a lot to prove.“I am more that grateful for the opportunity and I just hope I made everyone at home and the club proud.”Entry for tonight’s game is Adult £5 and Junior £2 whilst 2018 Members can go free.last_img read more

Part of the Herefordshirebased Westons Cider the

first_imgPart of the Herefordshire-based Westons Cider, the company will link with the 2018 League Leaders’ Shield Winners to offer fans a superb choice of refreshing ciders as we head into the 2019 season.“We are really excited to be working alongside the club,” Holly Chadwick, Brand Manager for Stowford Press, said. “St.Helens R.F.C. is a well-known brand in world sport and we’re really excited to develop the partnership.“The great taste of Stowford Press and Stowford Press Mixed Berries will be available for all fans that visit the club throughout the year and we will be looking at other ways of enhancing what we’re sure will be a mutually beneficial partnership.”Based in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, Westons have a long family history of premium cider-making, when Henry Weston first established the cider mill in 1880.Dave Hutchinson, Saints General Manager, added: “We have a history of working with great partners at the Saints and our link with Stowford Press is no different.“They are an innovative company that have several exciting brands and we have no doubt they will be popular in the bars around the Totally Wicked Stadium.“We’d like to thank them for their support and we really look forward to developing the partnership further.”last_img read more

Gov Cooper wants NC back in spotlight for film industry

first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The governor had a busy day in the Cape Fear region. Governor Roy Cooper made a special stop by the set of “Good Behavior”, a TNT series currently filming in Wilmington and Hampstead.The governor wanted to see how filming was going.- Advertisement – He spoke with the cast and crew and emphasized the importance of helping the film industry.Under Cooper, the film industry’s budget got a big boost when it comes to film incentives.Some people on the set say the governor’s support will help keep film alive in the state.Related Article: US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million“People are leaving,” Cooper said. “They are going out, out of their way, sometimes across the country for work that we don’t have in this state because of the incentives. So I definitely think getting that back would definitely keep people home, where they want to be an having the support from the governor of North Carolina definitely makes that a lot more possible.”Good Behavior is currently filming the last episode of the season.Now that North Carolina has $30 million in film incentives available annually some cast and crew members hope more shows and movies will return.last_img read more

Water quality swimming alert issued for part of Holden Beach

first_imgHOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  Initial testing at an ocean site in Brunswick County showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.The alert is for the public access on the east end of Holden Beach.- Advertisement – Test results of samples collected yesterday show bacteria levels of 150 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which exceeds the state and federal single-sample standard of 104  enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.State officials will test the site again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action. If the new sample also shows elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program tests water quality at ocean and sound beaches in accordance with federal and state laws.Related Article: Coastal towns to get funding to improve beach, waterfront accessEnterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections. State officials sample 204 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when the waters are colder.last_img read more

Rain did not stop people from attending Food Truck Rodeo

first_imgFood Truck Rodeo at Hugh Macrae Park (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite the rain people still came out to the food truck rodeo at Hugh MacRae Park.New Hanover County Parks Conservancy had their eighth food truck rodeo to help raise money for a new challenge course.- Advertisement – The challenge course will cost around $180,000 and will be at Northern Regional Park.10% of food truck sales went to the conservancy.There were about a dozen different food trucks there for people to enjoy.Related Article: Taylor’s Blueberry Farm to hold Farm Day event Saturday“Food trucks ya know they’re fun. It’s something where we can support the food truck community. We get a lot of them together, people enjoy the good food and different types of food they can eat, and getting the family together, and people can enjoy the parks come out, and play around and do other things, but also get a good bite to eat from some of our great food trucks,” New Hanover County Parks Conservancy Vice Chair Jeremy Wilson said.The next food truck event for the conservancy will be at Ogden Park.last_img read more

Multi Agency effort underway to search for man missing in Bladen County

first_imgKelly, NC (WWAY) — The state parks service reports a Fayetteville man has been missing since Saturday morning.They say 23-year-old Jesse Sgro of Fayetteville, N.C. was reported missing early Saturday morning while camping with a group at Singletary Lake State Park.- Advertisement – Jesse is five feet six inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.He was last seen wearing a white sweater with a grey chevron pattern, khaki pants, and burgundy New Balance brand shoes.Over 15 local agencies and volunteers are assisting NC State Parks in the search.last_img read more

Police searching for person who stole RV from Leland storage center

first_img(Photo: Leland PD) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department is looking for the person who stole an RV from a storage center.Police say a 2018 Reflection 5th Wheel RV, worth $50,000, was stolen from the AA Storage on Brunswick Village Boulevard at approximately 11:20 p.m. on April 10.(Photo: Leland PD)- Advertisement – Leland PD says the suspect vehicle used to pull the RV from the storage facility is a white Ford Heavy Duty Truck with a black stripe on the hood.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kazee with the Leland Police Department at (910) 371-0274.last_img read more

Barbecue cooker responsible for fire that destroyed Brunswick County home

first_img Multiple fire crews assisted in helping to control the fire.Leland Fire Chief John Grimes tells WWAY the family had a ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker that fell through a counter top.When cooker fell, it spilled charcoal embers next to the vinyl siding of the house and eventually sparked a fire, Grimes said.He said this should serve as a reminder to not to store or operate a grill too close to the exterior of one’s home.A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family. As of Monday morning, 106 donors had donated $7,725. Click here if you would like to donate. (Photo: John Grimes) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A grill left too close to a wall sparked a fire that destroyed a Leland home early Friday morning.The fire occurred at 110 Caicos Court in the Mallory Creek subdivision and was reported around 2:30 AM.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch The wonder of Maltese Bread

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img There’s nothing quite like the smell and sight of fresh-out-of-the-oven Maltese bread, is there? Deliciously soft on the inside and oh-so-crusty and crunchy on the outside, it is well-loved and sought-out by locals and tourists visited two Rabat bakeries to see how the tradition of baking Maltese bread has survived the ages.With thanks to the Merill Rural NetworkFilming and editing by Coryse Borglast_img read more