Help JHU Comic Books Stay in NYC!

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Help JHU Comic Books, independent comic book store of New York City move to a new location and keep our store in Manhattan!

How often have you regretted the disappearance of longtime and iconic New York City business and establishments? With your contribution, you can help to keep an iconic New York City buisness open!

JHU Comic Books have been serving comic book fans in New York City since 2013 (and the owners worked at the legendary Jim Hanley’s Universe, which originated on Staten Island in 1985, before that). We opened our current store on 32nd Street after Hurricane Sandy, and now after 5 years, we lost our lease, and we need to move.

We have found a great new (and affordable) space a few blocks from our current location,  in a residental neighborhood. We will be moving from a highly commerical area, and are looking to reestablish ourself as a mom and pop shop. However the new space needs some major work. Floor, lights, bathroom, an awning  and more. This is where we need your help.

Your contribution will help to employ contractors to build out the store, temporary help to move to the new location and help keep ourselves and staff employed too, ongoing! We want to be able to continue to sell comics to you, your children and your children's children too!

 We currently have a wonderful clientele, and by moving into this new space, we  are hoping to expand on that base and become even more of neighborhood fixture. Sadly, our kind of buisness is becoming a rarity  due to the onslaught of online retailers. We are not just a shop, we are an atmosphere! We look forward to continue to be able to serve New York City comic book fans, while keeping ourselves employed in the process!

We are therefore turning to you guys, the fans of comics, for help. JHU Comic Books is legendary for its well-curated selection of comic books and graphic novels, offering the best of the major publishers, and also of independent creators and small press offerings. Thru the years we have championed new and emerging talents, their expression and creations finding space on our shelves next to all the superheroes.  We carry a full range of comics for all ages, and our children's section is one of the finest you will find.

Help us keep being the place “Where Art and Literature Meet!”

Thank You
Ron Hill and Nick Purpura
JHU Comic Books
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Picked up some supplies today, been planing some of the particulars with the build out. At the moment, we are choosing the things that must be done to get open vs. the things we can do later, as we work on getting more funds etc. No firm moving day yet! The snow is obviously going to hold us up a little too :( Very happy you guys have put down nearly 2/3 of the goal! It's worth reporting for those in the NYC area, we are not sure if we going to be open full hours tomorrow due to the incoming snow storm.

In the meanwhile, check out this video of Tryptophan (Nick, Frank and I) performing the Marvel Themes, recorded, gulp, around 20 years ago! It's the most singing Nick has ever done!
We gave Stan a tape of this at a con!
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I am completely overcome with emotion at the amount of support we have received, so quickly. Our customers new and old, the comic book professionals, the friends and family all rallying to our aid, it's a wonderful surprise. Monday is going to be a busy day for Nick and I as we work to get the utilities on, call the sign makers, locksmiths, interview the contractors and more, on top of our regular duties. Hope to have an update when the switch to the new store (481 3RD AVE) is going to happen in a few days! Keep watching here for updates or find us on Facebook or Twitter. We love you all, thank you for putting your faith and dollars into this! The best is yet to come!
Jennifer Grunwald, Ron and Nick
Nicky Vs Spidey, 1998
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Jim Hanley, our retired former leader said this in a discussion yesterday (on Rons wall): "My first job was at 490 Third Avenue. My 4th, for the same bosses, was at 478. I lived at 2017 East 33rd, the third house on the block, from Third Avenue. I bought my comics at about ten places in a ten-block radius from there. There was no place I could trust to have everything I wanted (but often couldn't afford). 481 may be the address for Emil Shattner's Delicatessen, the place whose salads I've been searching for, in vain, since the whole corner there was torn down in 1970. I always wanted to have a store on Third Avenue. Now, I can live vicariously through you guys."

The new location will be opening in the next few weeks at 481 3rd Ave. Bringing it all back home!

Our Millnium Falcon, the future embassy of Staten Island could really use some help too: www.gofundme.com/savejhu
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Ok, we are starting day 3. You guys have taken us 1/3 of the way! We will be giving you news about the new location shortly. Meanwhile the campaign has been getting tons of media attention!

Here we are on NY1 http://www.ny1.com/nyc/manhattan/news/2018/03/15/comic-book-shop-in-need-of-new-home

And behind the scenes with Alyse Barker, Nick and Ron: https://twitter.com/IamAlyseBarker/status/973989867460972544

Here is an article from the Staten Island Advance:

Here is a story from The Beat: http://www.comicsbeat.com/help-new-yorks-jhu-comics-shop-stay-in-manhattan-and-move-into-a-new-home/

And here is one from campaign donor Bleeding Cool: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/03/12/will-you-help-keep-jhu-in-nyc-asap/
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