By Dre Grigoropol

A new store is opening up today, May 1st, 2013 in New York City’s West Village! This new store will be called Carmine Street Comics, due to its location on historic Carmine Street.  Edgar Allen Poe even lived in the area! This new shop is owned and operated by two former Manhattan Comics and More employees, Jon Gorga and Michael Novo, along with Mike McLeroy.

Novo & Gorga

Mike Novo & Jon Gorga.  Photo by Dre Grigoropol.

This new shop will have a stronger focus on the indie comics community.  A part of their agenda is a “Store Front Artist Program”. This program will involve having a permanent rotation of  Artists in Residence, working in-house in the store’s micro-mini studio space. The shop’s grand opening is today May 1st, 2013 from 10 am to 10 pm.  The opening will feature an abundance of activities, such as local artists working in the store’s studio space all day, a signing at 6 PM by NYC-based writer-artist Brian Wood and his collaborator artist Declan Shalvey, as well as an earlier presentation at 2pm with Arlen Schumer, artist, comics art historian, and designer of the Carmine Street Comics logo. Carmine Street Comics is also participating in Free Comics Day on May 4th 2013.



Owners: Jon Gorga, Mike Novo & Mike McLeroy (in Miami)
Company: Carmine Street Comics, LL
Address: 34 Carmine Street
New York City, NY 10014

To contact Carmine Street Comics: (for business) (for customers)

[Dre Grigoropol is an indie cartoonist and blogger. Her work can be viewed at Follow her on Twitter at @dretimecomics. Photos by Dre Grigoropol]


  1. Ali T. Kokmen says

    Absolutely wish them the best. I love the idea of a new comic shop opening on Carmine. And I love that they’re talking about the artist’s community. I just hope they don’t overlook the schools in the area, including, say, the one across the street from their location whose student body includes some of the most brilliant students ever if I say so myself… :-)

  2. abc says

    another comic book shop? cool. we can never have too many of them. what i’ve noticed about comic shops that i’ve been to all over the country is that each shop has it’s own vibe in regards to the type of items they stock and the kind of cool stuff one can find. i’m gonna have to check out this new joint over the weekend to see what kind of cool stuff these folks have.

  3. says

    I wish those guys luck. It sounds like it’s similar to Bergen Street Comics and the late Rocketship, which were both great.

    I seem to remember there used to be a comic book shop on Carmine Street, like 10+ years ago. Do any longtime NYers remember that, or am I making it up?

  4. Ali T. Kokmen says

    @CBrown: You’re not making it up. There was a comics shop on Carmine, All Comics, about 9-10 years ago. Just a few doors down (closer to Bedford) from where this new shop is set up.

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