Over the past 20 years, Big Brain Comics has served as a major hub for Twin Cities comic-book culture.
In 1996, owner Michael Drivas opened his first shop on Nicollet Mall, later moving the business to Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater in the mid-'00s. The store, noted for its unusual filing system, presentation of inventory, and wide selections, carried zines, graphic novels, and comics both obscure and well known.
Last month, a "For Lease" sign appeared in the store window, leaving many to wonder what that meant for the store. Divas has confirmed via phone that that Big Brain is set to close sometime in June.
The closing has nothing to do with financial struggles or lease dust-ups with the building owners; Divas says that he's simply ready to retire from the venture.
Those looking to bid the shop a fond farewell may want to stop in this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day, as the store's Twitter account has been teasing freebies this week: