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Legendary tegneseriebutik closes: - It is quite terrible

En Ekstra Bladet meetings Marit Nim, she starts apologizing for the fact that she has easily to tears this day.

She has taken the decision to close his beloved Fantask, which is one of the world's oldest stores of its kind.

- I'm quite emotional about it all. I'm very sorry. It is quite terrible, she says.

It has been a tough pill to swallow for Marit Nim, but now she must true, that it is no longer possible to keep the shop open, if there are no more customers in the store.

- I have owned Fantask in ten years, and I have worked here for 24 years.

- It began quietly to go downhill. Each year there were less than there were the year before. We have tried to save us out of it, but at one time or another you can't be at, she says.

There are enough to choose from in Fantask, which not only sells comics but also games, figures and books. Photo: Henning Hjorth

Why has Marit Nim now taken the sad decision to close the historic store. The official close date is set to 29. June.

- Now we have reached the point where we can not really fathom how it could continue as it goes now.

With that said, we hope, of course, that we can somehow find a solution, she says.

the two founders of The Fantask, Søren Pedersen and Rolf Bülow, started in 1971 to go to England with a truck, where they bought the comics, which they brought with them to Denmark and sold in the store. Ago have great legends like Stan Lee and Carl Barks, been past the shop on Sankt Peders Stræde. Photo: Henning Hjorth

The bad turnover hangs according to Marit Nim together with the fact that people today choose to shop online instead of in a physical store.

- Sales are not equal to what it costs the of the costs. People are very price conscious and are asking why it costs what it costs. And the answer is that if you have to have a shop and be able to serve and guide customers, it cost more than it does on the internet.

- It is a very growing trend that people are coming in and asking for something, and so they say that they just need to think about it, but then they go home and buy it on the web instead, she says.

Employees in the Fantask see themselves as a small family. There are several of them that have been there for many years.

- I know that many might think it is weird, but Fantask is my second home, says Ditte Jensen, who has worked in Fantask in ten years.

- We are all come as clients in Fantask, and there is not any of us can imagine a life without Fantask. But it cannot continue as it goes now, continues Marit Nim.

Marit Nim keeps alive a small hope that it can reach to come before the officially closes. But she is not interested in selling to someone who will not drive on the shop, in the same spirit.

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17-year-old Mads Christoffersen was on the way out to celebrate valentine's day, but he was stopped by Fantask on the road. Photo: Henning Hjorth

shop history

Mads Christoffersen, visits Fantask for the first time. But he has noticed the store many times when he has gone past. He is sorry to hear, that it now must close.

- It is sin. It is, of course, a store with history behind it. There is something for every taste, so it is sad that such a thing can not be maintained.

- We will be looking for any fun games that we can take home and play a night. When I was younger, I was very interested in the manga books, and they have also down here. Them I read on the beach, when we went to Italy, he says.

Amanda Jakobsen and Thomas Broby Nielsen, visits Fantask, because Amanda's father has told about the store. He used namely to buy books in Fantask. Photo: Henning Hjorth

The geeky shops are important

Amanda Jakobsen likes books like Star Wars, because she seems that there are many cool stories in them. The kind of books she can buy with Fantask.

- I think it is very important that there is the slightly more geeky shops, instead of only on the internet, says Amanda Jakobsen.

- I prefer to buy things in the shop, so I can see them when I buy them. I often find that there isn't any great prize by purchasing them online, says Thomas Broby Nielsen.

Adonis Falck and Soho Rezanejed was gone in Fantask to buy Hentai on Thursday evening. Photo: Henning Hjorth

the Smell of new books

Adonis Falck used to buy the comic in Fantask, when he was younger.

- It is really terrible. The smell of new books down here is very special. I used to buy the Dragon Ball books down here, when I was a teenager, says Adonis Falck.

- Everything is on its way to being digitized. There is not so much the physical contact more, says Soho Rezanejed.

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