Jud Meyers, comic book aficionado and proprietor of North Hollywood's Blastoff Comics, champions an untraditional business model: altruism and activism. Or, as Meyers describes it, “bad business."
For years, Meyers has donated his time, expertise and his personal collection to make graphic novels available in libraries, hospitals, schools, orphanages, and other chronically underfunded institutions in Los Angeles and around the world.
“I'm not just about selling, I'm about feeling good with my life.” Meyers said, “That's why I do what I do.
North Hollywood will soon feel the reverberations of Meyers' philanthropic presence: this Saturday, Blastoff Comics is hosting its inaugural Charity Drive Sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to generate donations for the Los Angles Mission.
Meyers is offering in-store discounts to customers who bring in items from the LA Missions's list of desired donations. Items on the list, dubbed “the necessities of life” by the LA Mission, include pillows, blankets, t-shirts, socks, shoes, and more. After the drive, Meyers will drop off the donations at the mission, and invites his customers to join him.
“This year, like every other retail year, it's all about how much was made.” Meyers said, “We're going for how much was given.”
Blastoff Comics is located at 5188 Lankershim Blvd. in the NoHo Arts District.