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The news has floated out via twitter and facebook that Atomic Comics, the Phoenix Arizona comic book store chain, has shut its doors for good. Multiple sources, including two store employees, confirmed that the business permanently closed after hours today, although no official word has been given on either the store's website or twitter feed. A ripple effect has begun to spread as fans and creators alike expressed their dismay at the popular chain shutting down.
Atomic Comics is best known as the comic book store featured in the 2010 movie Kick-Ass. The chain had four locations, including locations in Chandler and Mesa. The owner of Atomic Comics, Michael Malve, was one of the more widely-respected retailers in the business and was often featured in retailer features on Comic Book Resources and Newsarama.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer