The world of comics is a many headed beasts. It includes not only comics, but graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. And in ‘comic’ world some fans browse across genres but others focus in with laser like intensity on a particular genre, perhaps anime, and will chase new examples across continents in order to keep up to date.
New York houses the biggest store in the world which brings all this under not one but 3 roofs at Times Square, Grand Central and now Downtown. The Store is of course the famed Midtown Comics.
See the video for a good overview of the store and what it houses. This video doesn’t even mention the avalanche of Marvel Comic/Superhero films that have been released over the last couple of years but these films have enormously expanded the reach of comics and of course there has also been the Comic-Cons, one of which is held in NYC which has further magnified comics as an entertainment genre.
Their online presence at Midtown Comics is the biggest online comic site in the world and the place you want to go to find anything to do with the world of comics. Find the location of their physical stores on this site also. When you visit the Times Square shop you can catch sight of the celebs that prowl there and along with comic authors busy doing signings for their adoring fans . It’s a must visit place for all comic nerds.
It is however far from being the only comics store in NYC. Manhattan is awash with them and every Borough has at least one notable one.
Certainly in Manhattan, there would be some who would say Forbidden Planet, 840 Broadway, gives Midtown comics the nudge as the most prestigious store in the City and it also covers the full range of genres, plus toys and videos.
And here’s a list of good stores outside Manhattan:
Bergen St comics 470 Bergen St Brooklyn
Games & Comic Station, 5547 Broadway, Bronx
Comic Book Jones 2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island
Anume Castle 35-52 Union St, Flushing, Queens.
If graphic novels are your particular niche then go visit Five Points Graphic Novel. This graphic novel about life in the Lower East side in the 1850’s is being serialized online for free. On the page you will see how you can subscribe.
In Brooklyn, you will find a store dedicated entirely to graphic novels. It’s Rocketship Graphic Novels and Comics at 208 Smith St Brooklyn. Welcome to the intense and dedicated world of New York comics/graphic novels and everything else.