With customers going digital, Sunnyside comic book store to close

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  1. anonymous

    that sucks, i used to shop here frequently while i was growing up. i'll probably stop buy to buy some things.

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  2. Pat

    What a wonderful sense of humor ..
    ...Best of luck with a girlfriend and your future...

    Grew up with comics. Taught many kids to read, enjoy good
    stories and learn good vocabulary. .....
    At least in my day they had good vocabulary ...

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  3. Ramrod Jones

    You ageist! You should hire a nurse, , but only after you sign your will leaving her your millions.

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  4. Marilyn S.

    I'm sorry to see the comic store go. All the best to Joseph Liesner!

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  5. pidgy

    With Comic Book Heaven closing, where will the souls of torn comic books go to now?

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  6. Josh

    I used to live around there.
    I spent pretty much all my allowance at Comic Book Heaven, I'm sad to know it's closing, but I haven't been there in years, so I guess don't have much right to be.
    Best of luck with everything, Joe.

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  7. O'shea

    Dear Joe,
    Thanks for closing. The window add is not humor. It is poor social skills in relation to the opposite sex. Guess u missed the how to get laid manual. Rusty lances do not hunt spring doe.
    Your closing should help the Peter pans of sunnyside -- still stuck in mommy's uterus and daddy's basements-- grow up.

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  8. Proud Sunnysider

    Joe thanks for all you did for Sunnyside!
    You will be missed!

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  9. HAL 9000

    Reading comic books at 80? Wow, that's is one really long extended adolescence.

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  10. O'shea FU!

    O'shea I see all you do is troll on everything! if you don't want what's happening around you then go move some place else! Nobody wants to hear you're opinion In the first place.

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  11. say

    Comic books stores can do well. This store doesn't even carry current issues so why would anyone go there except to rummage through to find back issues?

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  12. Lucky Lu

    What's wrong with women his own age??? They'll still outlive him. I don't know ANY woman under 60 who would take up that offer, not even the most desperate. I never knew the store was there, but after reading the skeevy younger woman ad, I'm glad I never did and was able to avoid this delusional geezer.

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  13. Sunnyside Native

    He's got major cojones to even list 35 as his youngest acceptable age. I am fully aware that this is a joke, but the mental visual of an 80 year old man & a 35 year old woman is stomach churning. Sorry Tony Randall...

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  14. louie

    Joe, don't listen to all these haters. Comic books are forever, not just for kids, and he's not trapped in some kind of arrested development you people are idiots and have obviously never enjoyed a good comic book with a fantastic story line. Not all comic books are peanuts and Marmaduke. Most comics offer a rich and colorful story line with tremendously detailed plots, more than these poor excuses for authors could ever imagine like the Stephanie chick who wrote twilight or jk Rowling and harry potter.

    Rock On Joe, and thanks for shaping the imaginative little kid who used to come into your shop all the time into the comic book artist I am now. PS, I hope you find your younger woman! No shame in voicing what you like or choose to post in your store

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  15. Patricia Dorfman

    I love this store and these guys. I go there to buy glassine envelopes for artwork, which are cheaper there than anywhere. Joe's flirtatiousness is hilarious and not offensive, and just part of his sales patter. He brightens everyone's day, male or female.

    They are so charming, i always end up buying some comic book i decided i had to have, like X-files which have excellent drawing. Or some reprint of Robert Crumb. I found Classics Illustrated, "Crime and Punishment," which was a favorite of my brother as a child. Often i pick up a free book they put out in front. Great store.

    The store is a wonderful thing about Skillman Avenue, and i am sad.

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  16. Dinsdale Piranha

    Shouldn't he be more interested in watching his grandchildren or great grandchildren grow up than hitting on women young enough to be his daughter?

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  17. Ramrod Jones

    @Dinsdale Grand daughter is more like it.

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  18. South Side Johnny

    Women 35 - 60 are in their prime. Watching grandchildren is okay for a few minutes but I'm easily distracted.

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  19. 86Mets

    Immature males all over Sunnyside are in mourning. They can comfort themselves by playing with their GI Joe action figures and baseball cards.

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  20. O'shea

    @ f u
    did you mean "read" your opinion ? I sense a lot of anger in you.
    This store was not good for a lot of the young males in this community. They became trapped in comics and cartoons instead of life.
    When i was a child, i acted as one, when i grew up.......
    Enjoy your cartoons.

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  21. 40th Street

    What a great character with a sense of humor! This a nice human interest story.

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  22. Angray

    Old people can get away with murder! Racist remarks from old geezers... oh its ok, that was a different generation. The sign posted is disgusting, but you guys call it a sense of humor.

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  23. JulieJ.

    Sad! I love this store.

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  24. EA

    Every time I came over to Skillman this place was closed. I think he gave up a long time ago, too bad.

    I grew up in a comic/card/game shop in Brooklyn. That place is still there, and in fact it got even bigger! People love comics and a place to sit to play their card games. But once again, the store owner need to give some effort.

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  25. AvidReader

    People who believe the "sequential art narrative method" of story telling is just for kids are very narrow minded and bigoted, as evidenced by their comments above. Would these same people lump all films together as either "good" or "bad?"

    As a college-educated and very successful man of 52, I have enjoyed reading all types of books: Prose fiction and non-ficition, as well as the more mature comics and graphic novels that are widely available.

    Take some time to research before you attack a valid art-form.

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  26. 43rd & 43rd

    I read recently that Astoria is getting two new bookstores. Wouldn't it be neat if another one came in here? I know it's not likely, but Skillman is probably the best place in Sunnyside for a little boutique bookstore. We can dream!

    And yes, super LOL about the 80-year-old who thinks he's a great catch for a woman <1/2-2/3 his age. I would say "good luck with that" but someone would probably take it sincerely.

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  27. woody woodpecker

    This guy is a PIP!

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  28. Mitzy

    @86mets.............or they can comfort themselves by playing with themselves or each other.................some things never change.

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  29. doc

    F/n people can't take a joke. George Burns would be lynched these days.

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  30. Woodside Friend

    This charming establishment is a local gem with a store owner whose banter leaves you with a lasting impression. I was in the store over the weekend and was delighted by Joe's honesty and sense of humor. I wish Joe all the best as he pursues his new interests!

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  31. Former Woodsider

    I can't believe he stayed in business this long. I used to live four blocks from there in the late 80's/early 90's and I had to go into Manhattan to get my comic books because that guy was such a jerk. He used to yell at me. He used to yell at the other customers. And he used to yell at his wife. (Good luck with getting a new one. She had better be deaf as well as 35.) I can see from the other comments here that he had a lot of fans, but that sure wasn't the man I knew. Maybe he discovered Xanax after I moved away.

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