Carl Tupper 1940 – 2010

We have the sad news to share with you that Carl Tupper passed away last night (12/29/2010).  So many of us grew up hanging out at BSI Comics and learning at the feet of Carl. Carl was the sage of  my youth.  He gave the best advice, whether you asked for it or not.  You knew advice was coming when you heard, “Let me preface this by saying that I can solve all of your problems but none of my own.”

Carl was also a reliable source of work for us kids. Kids regularly asked Carl for work, and Carl always found something for a kid to do–help shelve books, sweep up, any odd thing for a youngster to earn a few bucks. There was something in his DNA that made him want to help all us kids for no reason other than to keep us busy…. and earning money that we’d turn around and spend in his store.  Ah, what a salesman!

Many of the friends I have today I met through Carl at his shop. Carl was a social network before the term existed. Many times I recall saying something like, “Hey Carl, I have a problem with [insert obscure problem here].” His response was always the same, no matter the problem, “I know a guy that can help.” He knew everyone and everyone knew him–and everyone who knew him liked him.  You couldn’t help yourself from liking him.  He never forgot a face and would recall the most obscure story you had related to him but had long forgotten.

We all have stories about Carl and I encourage you to leave yours in the comments.We will miss you, Carl, but we know your spirit will always be in the shop.

Here is the information about Carl and the funeral arrangements:

Carl Ray Tupper entered into eternal rest on December 29, 2010. He was born on November 2, 1940 and lived to be 70 years old. Carl was the beloved husband of Linda McGowan Tupper. He was the loving father of four children: Lisa Potter, Courtney Johnson, Stacey Fassbender, and Scott Tupper and to son-in-laws Richard Potter, Steven Johnson, and Ron Fassbender and daughter-in-law Dawn Deffner Tupper.

Carl was the grandfather of Alex Avgikos, Leigh Ann Loban, Rachel Leininger, Madison, Harris, and Terryn Potter, Jeremy, Tom, Alice and Erin Potter ,Tyler, Tate, and Kara Johnson, Quinn and Blaine Fassbender, Patrick and Brooke Tupper, and ten great-grandchildren.

He was the founder and proprietor of BSI Comics, Inc., for 30 years. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral mass at Lakelawn Funeral Home, 5100 Ponchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA, on Monday January 3rd, 2011 at 1 PM. Visitation will be from 11am till 3pm until service time, followed by interment in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

55 thoughts on “Carl Tupper 1940 – 2010

  • January 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

    My sympathies to the Tupper family and friends. Carl meant a lot to comic fandom as well as the community at large. How many kids had their first job at BSI? And thats just a part of it. He will be missed and missed badly. John Slade

  • February 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    carl was one of the finest in fact we could call him worlds finest a true friend and mentor please check out this old commercial i filmed with him for the store in 1988 let it be a tribute to a great place and great man

  • March 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I have been out of comics for a while and so just learned his today. Carl was REALLY funny. He would say stuff like “Hey Jimmy, I’ll give you a quarter if you let you wife sit on my lap!”

    Carl was a great guy and he will be missed.

  • April 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I used to drive out to Kenner to buy my comics from BSI after Goldmine Comics on Magazine closed down in the mid 1980s. He was an original, and his shop was the first comics store I ever set foot in that was clean,well-lit and easily to manuver in (largely because of his wheelchair). Before that, all I’d ever experienced were glorified rat-holes. I hadn’t seen Carl since I moved away in 1992, but I’ve always remembered him fondly.

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