Recently, the ownership of two prominent NYC comics shops has been changed.

§ Over at Bergen Street Comics, it was announced that:

Stone is of course known for his opinionated comics reviews, and has worked behind the counter at Bergen Street for a few years. There’s no one more knowledgeable or passionate about comics, and now he even has skin in the game.

§ At Jim Hanley’s Universe, in Manhattan, there was another Twitter announcement:

That would be Ron Hill and Nick Purpura, who have been managing the store for years. Owner and founder Jim Hanley has become less involved with running the shop in recent years due to health problems, but Hill and Purpura are, once again, about as committed to team comics as they come.

The two are also in a band together, Tryptophan:
Congrats to all involved. While fretting over the future of brick-and-mortar stores selling paper and glue products continues, making strong management decisions to keep things running smoothly in the future is a good sign.


  1. Nick & Ron’s blood, sweat & tears are largely to thank for Hanley’s still being a force to be reckoned with in NYC comic retail. There’s no one who deserves this upgrade more than them; reward them with your business.

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