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The Fall and Rise of Collectors Kingdom

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Founded in 1982, Collectors Kingdom (originally called Collectors Comics) has been a fixture in the Long Island neighborhood (and beyond) that it calls home.  For me, this particular shop has been MY shop for around 15 years.

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An older photo, but this was the overwhelming/exciting view from the front door.

Sadly, though, this fantastic comic shop/gathering place/community landmark was destroyed in a fire last week.  The once jam-packed storefront, filled with comics, statues, action figures, merchandise, toys, games, cards, and more than you could imagine, has now become a boarded-up graveyard of memories.  (I’m being dramatic, I know, but over a half-million dollars worth of merchandise was lost.)

Especially in the current day of online comic orders and digital comics (legal or otherwise), it has been increasingly hard to maintain a “brick and mortar” comic shop, but Mike Bradley, the current owner of Collectors Kingdom since 1990 (and friend of mine) has worked his fingers to the bone in keeping the store THE PLACE to go.  He has constantly extended himself to his customers, giving “loans” to people who wanted to buy things but couldn’t afford them right away, and has been an all-around great guy, keeping the “comic bug” alive in countless people.

If you’re reading this and you can spare anything — a few dollars, some comics laying around the house that you don’t need, a display case or shelving unit, or even just some well wishes — that’s what I’m posting this for.  You can find Collectors Kingdom on Facebook and drop them a message.

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If you’re able to, Collectors Kingdom has started an IndieGoGo campaign (found here).  They’re trying to raise $25,000, just a fraction of what was lost, but this amount would certainly help them out.  Even a few dollars here and there would add up.

Mike currently has moved into a small storefront down the street from the old shop and is starting fresh with this week’s shipment of books.  I know it’s been extraordinarily hard to move past this tragedy and I’ve got to commend the guy for trying to collect his mental state back together and pushing onwards.  Thankfully, he’s got a group of friends and supporters, myself included, that are determined to help out in any way possible.  If you could help too, it would mean the world to him.

Nerd Room of Doom

Oh, and I forgot one of the best things that happened on this unplanned hiatus!  My office was featured on Comic Book Resources in their weekly column, Shelf Porn.  If you haven’t seen it, go check it out and let me know what you think!  Here’s some pictures from the feature, but there’s a ton more, plus my annoying narration, over at CBR:

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Almost A Year?!?!???

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been this long since my last post – what have you all been doing without this website?  WHERE WILL MY MOTHER GO TO READ THINGS SHE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND?  Well, nearly anywhere else on the internet, I guess.  (Hi Mom!)

It has been a busy 8 months — a ton of theater happened:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  My chainmail manties are chafing...
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! My chainmail manties are chafing…
Telling it like it is, keeping it pink, ladies don't like me
Telling it like it is, keeping it pink, ladies don’t like me
#tbt to that time I got married in 1905 Tsarist Russia
#tbt to that time I got married in 1905 Tsarist Russia
Stomach bug at the middle school?  SURE I'M AVAILABLE
Stomach bug at the middle school? SURE I’M AVAILABLE

An obnoxious New York winter happened:

It’s Nolaf, not Olaf DISNEY DON’T SUE US

And beards were shaved…

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L to R, Top to Bottom: Anatevka Flair, Muttonchops/Soulpatch Duo, Lightningburns, Starburns, The Hogan, 1987 Keith Hernandez

But, most of all, my kids cried for no reason.

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AND DON’T FORGET COMICS!  They’ve been great, they’ve been terrible, they’ve been medically incorrect!  Let’s get started again!

New Comics Update

So, due to life and the like, last week’s ritualistic trip to my LCS was cancelled, effectively destroying my pretty decent run on keeping up to date. With the creation of this site and the transition of The Weekly Haul from e-mail, I always live with the (happy) hope that someone will stumble across this page, which is a great motivator to stay current.

Anyway, I was able to go today to pick up this and last week’s books. I figured I’d be in for trouble with the amount I would be purchasing.

Holy f-ing crap. 31 books.

Never has my lifetime hobby provided me with such stress. I think I’ll do some shorter, more frequent updating this week to catch myself back up.

Stay tuned!

X-Treme X-Men???

I guess I’m not the only one who enjoyed Greg Pak’s last arc in Astonishing X-Men — looks like Marvel sensed an opportunity to milk more money from my tight wallet and is bringing back the AWFUL title X-Treme X-Men to tell some alternate world stories, featuring these three (Emmaline Frost, James Howlett, Kid Nightcrawler), plus Dazzler (from I’m not sure what universe).

Pak did a pretty good job with that arc, so I’m okay for more.  I’m not sure if this needs to be an ongoing, though.  Book starts in July.