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Good-Bye, Tomorrow Is Yesterday

Tomorrow Is Yesterday, the first game and comic-book shop I regularly shopped at as a kid, went under late last year. I had heard that they and Black Hawk Hobby Distributors, which were both owned by the same people, were having troubles last year, but it had been a while since I’d been able to get down to Rockford, Illinois, to visit.

Today, I had to run down to Rockford to trade in my son Pat’s violin for a larger one from Asher’s Violin Shop. He’s grown, and needs the next size up. On my way back, I tried to stop by Tomorrow Is Yesterday and found that Top Cut Comics had replaced it.

The new owners have done a fine job with the place, although they place a lot more emphasis on their Pokémon league and tournaments. They cleared out nearly half the store for gaming tables, and they had a bunch of kids in there playing when I stopped by. I’ll miss the old place and the people who ran it, but hopefully Top Cut will be around to soldier on in their stead for years to come.

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  1. Wow! I didn’t know they went under. Lot of memories. My first dice/dice bag… first rpg’s, d&d, v&v, Traveler, Paranoia. First comic subscription. First used book purchase. hope Kim and the gang is doing ok!

  2. Wow! I didn’t know they went under. Lot of memories. My first dice/dice bag… first rpg’s, d&d, v&v, Traveler, Paranoia. First comic subscription. First used book purchase. hope Kim and the gang is doing ok!

  3. I grew up in Rockford and moved away in 2000. My brother and I used to visit that shop many times in our youth. I went back to Rockford this weekend for a relay race. After the race I thought it would be awesome to visit Tomorrow is Yesterday on my way home. I arrived to find a place called Top-Cut Comics. It has some cool things and has a birthday wheel just like the old store had, but ultimately it was not the same. It had less comics and less memorabilia. I will probably not go back and will forever miss the old store.

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    2. Just to let you know, there’s a reason there is less stuff. In the final years of Tomorrow is Yesterday, we were constantly having 50% off sales on our merchandise to try and stay afloat. It ravaged our stock and ultimately wasn’t enough to keep us from going under. It’s going to be a long, slow climb to get the place back to anything like it was. However, I can guarantee that we have more comics than when you were in last.

      Mike Lamps
      Top Cut Comics

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  4. Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the very kind words. I can’t tell you what that means to me! I miss the comic industry but particularly retail comics and games more than I can ever say. I really miss the wonderful people! Ultimately there was an event at Blackhawk that dragged me and the store down.

    I have very fond memories of 28 years of great times and people. I landed at Chessex Manufacturing in Fort Wayne as general manager three years ago, but my heart is still in retail comics and games.

    I hope you are well.

    Thanks again for the nice remarks! I really appreciate it!

    Best Wishes,

    Kim Kowalewski

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