Tom Spurgeon talks to Dylan Horrocks - 2001
HORROCKS: I guess their stuff started filtering into New Zealand in the early ’80s. We had our first comic shop by then. The first comic shop in New Zealand had opened. It kind of became our… Between Cornelius and me it was like our second home. We were there all the time. Luckily, it was quite a good shop for… I mean, it started literally in a cupboard.
HORROCKS: There’s this building called the Old Customs House, downtown, which has just been turned into shops — sort of a boutique shopping building. Downstairs they had this group of shops, and at the end of the corridor there was a space where I think they used to keep cleaning stuff. This 15-year-old kid called Mark Paul talked to them into letting him lease that. He couldn’t afford anything bigger. That was his first comics shop. By the mid-’90s he was running a chain of a dozen shops around New Zealand. Then of course the crash came. Now he’s…