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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Sorry the lack of an update for the past 2 weeks. One of our staff members had a death in the family which caused those of us remaining to have do some extra shifts and pick up some slack. We were all pretty exhausted after our epic move, so having to deal with a loss to someone close to us, while we are trying to get the new store up and running, its been a real test of our spirits.

It's very hard to put into words how much hard the last few days have been, but your love and support has made things easier then they might have otherwise been. The last 8 weeks have been an insane roller-coaster unlike anything I have ever experienced before, of both extremely hard work days and emotional up and downs. I'm always amazed when life is stranger then comics!

The good news is the new location at 481 3rd Avenue is up and running. We are selling comics, customers are walking over, and we are making new friends in the neighborhood. We should have our new awnings with our logo is a few days. We are on track to have an air conditioner installed. Our quest for a contractor to build the bathroom is ongoing, but we have some interested parties, hoping one of them will commit to doing the build out soon. All matter of odds and ends are falling into place.

A fringe side effect of the move is how much nicer the Staten Island store is looking too, having been the recipient of some fixtures that would not fit into the new store. The Staten Island store is now our main office and receiving point, something that it had not been since the mid 90's, the old Universe days. If you have never been out to the store, its definitely worth the trip.

Finally, I ask, please share this gofundme around to other comic fans. We are close to meeting our goals, and when we get the store fully set up, the future looks promising. I know there are a million other causes and problems in the world that one might devote time and money too, and the fact so many of you have been so generous with your contributions to keeping us running, to keeping us employed and selling comics..it's very humbling to me, having this crowd funded comic store, keeping this fun little thing around!

Thanks everyone!

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Hello Everyone! Just a reminder, the new store is open! 481 3rd Ave! We still have a bunch of work to do the interior and exterior, but we are functional!

Just a reminder, Dan Slott is signing the new Spider-Man tonight at 6!

Also, if anyone is in the Staten Island area this Saturday night, please join us at 7pm at the New Dorp store, 299 New Dorp Lane for my SUPER FINE 49 BIRFday PARTY! More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/201841353879884/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1522865786779963

See you soon!
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Here is an "artistic" rendition of our new location, 481 3rd Ave! Please spread the word!
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