Although the horrors of hours and even days without internet or cable have faded from the memories of most New Yorkers, the truth is areas of Staten Island, New Jersey and Long Island suffered terrible damage in Hurricane Sandy, and some places are STILL getting back power.
One of the casualties of the storm was Krypton Comics, on Midland Avenue, which had been open for 21 years. Owner Arthur Palomba, Jr. posted this on the webpage:
Everyone, The hurricane wiped me out . All gone, 7 feet of seawater went through my store, destroyed 90% of everything. I cannot come back from this. So, I will be officially closing my doors on SUNDAY 11/11. All cleaned up, everything’s out. If anyone wants to keep in touch with me, you can e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . If anyone wants to buy anything from my eBay store, just click on the link to the right. Good luck to everyone, your friend for the past 21 years, Artie.
Although we aren’t familiar with the store, we’re told it was a classic small operation, as the website boasted “At Krypton Comics of Staten Island, you’ll experience what makes a privately-owned business truly great: you’ll get to deal DIRECTLY WITH THE OWNER! That’s right, you’ll never hear, “I can’t make that decision” or “I’m not authorized to do that.” Probably not the kind of place I would have shopped too much, but to lose any store is sad.
We’ve heard about another store that maybe have had some difficulties reopening, which we’re investigating. Although Krypton is the only one that we know was wiped out, many area shops lost a week’s worth of business, and are working with their supply chain to level things out. As the holiday shopping madness continues, even more incentive to support your local comics shop.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.