Action City Comics at 570 Manhattan Avenue is owned by Eric LaGaccia, whose lifelong dream was to own his own comic book shop.
“When I was a kid, my dad owned a comic book shop,” he said. “I kind of just knew I was always going to run my own shop.”
LaGaccia was working as an accountant in the hotel industry before he was furloughed during the pandemic, which left with him the feeling that now would be a good time to finally follow his dream.
“I noticed storefronts being vacated and I heard about rents coming down across the city,” LaGaccia said. “I noticed this area didn’t have a comic book shop.”
LaGaccia has called Greenpoint home for the last 12 years.
“The community has really come out in support,” LaGaccia said. “The response has been overwhelming, really. People keep saying to me how much the neighborhood needed a comics shop.”
He wants Action City Comics to feel like a community hub for people to discuss comics, an experience that has become rare as more people are shopping online.
“That’s just not the same experience as a store,” LaGaccia said. “There's nothing quite like browsing the racks, seeing a cover and have it appeal to you.”
He added that there are people who are hardcore comic book fans that were lining up outside for new issues, while the store also offers graphic novels and vintage comics.
“We also have a great kids section,” LaGaccia said. “There are a lot of young families in the neighborhood, and they love comics too.”
When the pandemic is over, he wants to start hosting events at the shop for people to play games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
“When COVID hit, everyone had to reevaluate what they’ve been doing,” LaGaccia said. “I've just been floating along in the hotel industry for years and it was time to make a change. I just went for it.”
His plan was to open in the spring so that more people would be vaccinated and able to visit the shop.
“The weather is warming up,” LaGaccia said. “People want to get out and have real life experiences again. The neighborhood has been coming out in full force. It’s awesome.”