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Comics and new shops

If you’ve been reading my blog, I’ve been trying to visit a new comic book shop in New York each month. Seems like an easy task until you take into consideration the sheer number of shops there. Seriously, the east coast is a comic book fan’s smorgasbord. Just because I missed blogging in May doesn’t mean I didn’t get to a shop. I love visiting new comic shops, it’s like discovery a new story (comic book that is). And from my experience, every shop is unique, what’s not to love.

First up, Galaxy Comics! This place was amazing especially that front window display. Mind you I would look my mind if I exposed my collectible to those UV rays but for a shop? Well this works out great. Check it.

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Great window display…

 

 

The inside of the shop was just as fantastic. I, of course stood around with my mouth open in aw for all the cool things here.

 

 

I love $1 bins and there was plenty to look through. Plus some delicious Funko Pops, my latest addiction.

 

 

Next up was a wonderful shop that I want to give kudos for holding a weekly comic swap where anyone can participate. Plus if you are a fan of the mystery/block figures and you purchase a duplication, you can leave said dup behind the counter in hopes someone will trade for a figure you are looking for. Okay not sure that makes sense but, I’m going with it. Anyone Comics, isn’t huge but it’s just right. (I didn’t take any inside shots)

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Are you ready? I was not prepared for the plethora of comic righteousness that I discovered at Bullet Proof Comics in Brooklyn. Not going to lie, this shops name made me think of Bullet Proof Monk, but I digress. Okay so first, yes there are comics, tons and tons of lovely comics. But then my eye catches on something in the display cabinet, yep videos games. I look up and there’s some rad skateboards. So now, I’m realizing this shop has split personalies and is in the truest sense, a pop culture mecca.

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Comics piles for days in this shop and I was happy to look my fill. Spot the games in the display?

I have to be careful when visiting a new shop or I’ll throw my credit card on the counter trying to buy up the place.

I’m convinced that this shop had as many skateboards as it did comics. I spent the most money at this shop by the way cause I couldn’t pass up some sweet, sweet variants.

I probably owe February an apology

Okay so here’s the thing, I’ve kept up with my promise to visit new comics shops, at least one per month. However, I have failed at posting these visiting in a timely manner, thus my title above. See I visited a new shop for February, but forgot to post it in that month. I tried to recover by posting it in March; but then I forgot to post March’s visit and well, notice a pattern? That’s fine though, cause here I am, posting in April and man have I had some fun visiting new comic book stores. New York, you are a brilliant mecca for pop culture goodness physically embodied in some of the coolest comic shops this collector has had the privilege of visiting. So shall we begin?

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I’ve been using Google to randomly select comic shops based on reviews, pics and web presence. And so far it really has worked out. First up is Silver Age Comics and man does this store not disappoint. IMG_0868If assessing this shop from the street, you may be a little confused (I know I was) cause the GPS did not lead me to a comic store front, but rather a subway staircase. Not put off though, I traversed the stairs to find this fantastic comic shop just off the N or the Q line in Astoria.

 

What a great store run by Gus Poulakas, a super friendly shop owner willing to bargain on just about any comic in he has in stock. And many what stock he has, so many books, I didn’t have time to get through half of his inventory. IMG_0869Too, he has a healthy supply of graded comics as well, mostly high-grade depending on the age. I could have spent days looking through the various books at this location. It didn’t hurt that I didn’t feel rushed to buy something or pressured to talk.

I plan to visit this shop again in the months to come, so I can preruse more of the back issues I saw there. Plus, Gus gave me a great deal on this lovelies?

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