A Comics Bohemia

Far from my neighborhood comics shop…well, actually my neighborhood doesn’t have a comics shop (remember when they were everywhere?)…I found myself at a super slick and trendy shop today in downtown Brooklyn called Bergen Street Comics. The Brooklyn hipster locale – you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter – boasts a literary setting for comics, trades, and book displays laying their wares out on large chunky tables ala Barnes & Noble. Bookshelves cover just a tasteful amount of the exposed brick walls and the hardwood slats you walk on don’t creak and shine like new. All in all a clean and relaxing environment to soak in some geek chic graphic prose. Even the grunge rock pulsating from the Bose like woofer sitting on top of one of the bookshelves did not distract from the comics literati setting or from comfortably browsing. While Marvel heroes are my bag I felt compelled to snag some Mike Mignola and Stan Sakai guilty pleasures too.

You can even sit and read if you like surrounded by some choice indie original comic art hanging on the walls (although someone has to be a mainstream fan given the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman sketch hanging behind the counter).

Myriad publishers are given equal shelf space from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and small Indie press hits like Scott Pilgrim. Critically acclaimed works of graphic literature like freshly minted 2010 Harvey award winner Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli  hang out with mainstream hits like DC’s Blackest Night and Marvel’s Avengers. Plenty of stuff for kids as well with generous section of Archie and Boom Studios Disney Comics.

If you are in the Downtown Brooklyn area – they’re at 450 Bergen Street in Brooklyn, NY – you should really check the place out. An ultra cool destination for all your comic tastes from hero to eclectic indie. Afterwards you can always pig out at one of the many fine dining establishments such as nearby fried food heaven The Chip Shop.  And if you fancy a drop in I suggest you head over this weekend as Bergen Street Comics is hosting a party at their store and a weekend long 15% off sale on all trades. Don’t forget to check out their art!

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