Bergen Street Comics is run by friendly, amiable Brooklyn locals Tom and Amy Adams, who greeted me with a smile and a cheerful hello as I strolled in through the door. And it's not like they knew I was a celebrity or nothin'...I coulda been any little stuffed bull wandering into the shop! We didn't get a chance to go to their opening party the evening before, but Amy told us it had been a roaring success with lots of people and a good deal of celebration. Way to go, guys!
But where I was really impressed with Bergen Street is their very strong selection of graphic novels, displayed prominently not only on a large release table:
...but also in extensive subject sections around the store that'll appeal to your interests in any type or category of graphic novels. Say that you like Ed McBain or Len Deighton? Well, they've got crime graphic novels for you, bub!:
In addition to well-rounded subject sections, lots and lots of indie graphic novels by Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Oni, Drawn + Quarterly, First Second, more publishers large and small, lotsa manga, and large shelves of DC/MarvelBergen Street is also a very kid-friendly shop, with all-ages graphic novels located close to the ground (hooray on behalf of us short beings!) and right in front of the register.
You know me: I can't step hoof inside a good shop without digging into my change purse, so I picked up a stack of cool stuff and trotted off to the register. Tom rang us up and chatted with us cheerfully. I think I've discovered my new LCS!
Bergen Street Comics will be doing signings and other events, plus participating in Free Comic Book Day, but don't wait for a special occasion to visitif you're in the New York/Brooklyn area, it's well worth a visit. It's very cheering to see beautifully laid-out and well-managed shops like Bergen Street, Rocketship and Desert Island in Brooklyn, and I wish them well and hope they thrive. I do stump for Amazon a bit in this blog, but don't think I only shop by internet...you oughta always support your local comic book store! Drop by, say hi to Tom and Amy Adams, pick up a few fun comics and GNs, and tell 'em a little stuffed bull sent ya!