From Anyone to Everyone…the folks behind Anyone Comics in Brooklyn have teamed with a comics industry veteran to open a second shop in Long Island City called, appropriately enough, Everyone Comics and Books.
Co-owners Alex Rae and Dimitrios Fragiskatos have high hopes for the shop, which will be located at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City, Queens, but there may be a pop-op opening before that. Anyone Comics has gotten a strong reputation with customers and creators over the last five years, and that part of Queens is a promising locale, easily accessible from many subway lines.
The opening is planned for March 12 2022. More details in the official announcement, below:
If you have gotten off at the Queensboro Plaza stop on the 7,N,W trains or Queens Plaza on the E,M,R trains you may have seen a new store being built in the neighborhood.
Owners Alex Rae and Dimitrios Fragiskatos promise that Everyone Comics & Books will have a focus on superhero comics, Young Adult novels, children’s books and independent graphic novels.
“My experience operating Anyone Comics for 5 years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during a pandemic was transformative, “ said Fragiskatos. “ Against all odds, for a small business, we not only survived but performed better in 2021 than previous years. Anyone Comics was a place to get new graphic novels, but it was also a place to share your own stories. We hope to recreate that experience for people in Queens. People’s need for escapism in this climate has made a bookstore like ours feel essential.”
“Long Island City is the perfect place to put down new store roots. There is a strong community here and we are ready to serve that community with Comics and Books!” Rae added enthusiastically.
Both owners have been working in comics for over 15 years, having met at one of the biggest comic retailers and New York staple, Midtown Comics, Dimitrios was promoted to manager of their Grand Central location before departing to start his own store. After being similarly promoted to Back Issue Buyer, and having such high profile experiences as appearing in National Geographic’s Comic Book Heroes, Alex went on to work for the legendary Wizard World, managing their Artist Alley, followed by sales for Valiant Entertainment, one of the biggest superhero publishers, and helping start Ace Comic-con. He currently works with ReedPop as their Comic Talent Coordinator. Throughout it all, they stayed in close contact until coming together for this.
“Opening this store with my long-time friend is a dream. We both believe that the Queens community could use a bigger influx of comic books. After all this is the borough Spider-man is from!” winks Rae.