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Sacred business takeover Batman, it’s a new comic bookstore!
Cape Crusade collectors and Brooklyn comic book enthusiasts can now hide and travel to Greenpoint, where the borough’s newest outpost for graphic novels and superhero memorabilia has opened its doors. doors on March 1, promising to house a unique blend of the latest and greatest in the industry while retaining the charm that made comic book stores a staple of yesteryear.
“You can buy a comic online, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it on the rack, having the cover you like, flipping through the pages and loving it so much that you have to. ‘have in your collection,’ said Eric LaGaccia, the owner of Action City Comics on Manhattan Avenue.
The cartoon supplier opened on Monday between Driggs and Nassau avenues, selling new and old comics from big brands like Marvel and DC, as well as independent publications and a sprawling library of graphic novels.
LaGaccia’s new lair also sells a range of fan-favorite toys, posters and games, including classics like Dungeons and Dragons, as well as popular collectible cards like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon.
The store has drawn not only local fans, but also repressed Brooklynites who have rediscovered their passion for fantasy storytelling amid the pandemic, LaGaccia said.
“A lot of people have said that they went back to the hobby during the pandemic,” he said. “You sit at home all day and you can only watch a little television before you take your eyes off the screen. “
The magic of comic book shops is being able to meet other fans and talk about the latest exploits of your favorite hero, gushed the lifelong devotee, who hailed the place as a potential social hub, even as the world. fights the villainous COVID.
“Comic book stores have always been community driven,” he said. “They hang out, talk about comics.”
And the community has already flocked to the new store – fueled in part by Marvel Comics’ popular TV adaptation of WandaVision, according to LaGaccia.
“I have these books flying off the shelves,” he said. “It exceeded my expectations. “
A hospitality accountant by profession, LaGaccia grew up immersed in superhero tales with his late father who owned a comic book store in Delaware, and he has long wanted to move away from number analysis. to sell comics.
“The hospitality industry was a good job, but it wasn’t my dream job – it was paying the bills,” he said. “Owning a comic book store has always been my end goal. “
When LaGaccia’s job put him on leave at the start of the pandemic and plunged his once professional career into a state of change, he began to look unsuccessfully for remote work, a job search he had. described as “exhausting”.
Over the fall, the local who lives near Williamsburg noticed many vacant storefronts in the neighborhood – in large part due to financial hardships from COVID-19 – and, at the suggestion of his girlfriend, finally decided to take a step.
“I had that light bulb moment, I was like, ‘You know what, this is the right time’,” so LaGaccia.
Neighbors gave him and his comic book store a warm welcome, with several locals saying they were enthusiastic about his new business, especially the section dedicated to children.
“The reception has been incredible, the neighborhood has been so favorable,” he said.
A customer said she had never been in the comics before, but bought several magazines because the vibrant covers appealed to her, according to the seller, who noted that there is more to the comic book. graphics support than classic superheroes.
“Comics aren’t just superheroes anymore, now there are comics for all interests,” he said.
Action City Comics [570 Manhattan Ave., between Driggs and Nassau avenues in Greenpoint, (646) 784—4139, on Instagram @actioncitycomicsnyc]. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mask required.