Well, I’ll tell ya… I actually fulfilled two of my nerdy dreams.
When I was a kid, one of the great highlights of my weekend trips into New York City to visit Forbidden Planet. No trip to the city was complete without a stop into the dimly lit comics cavern that seemed to have everything I wanted…. The latest stuff from Marvel, DC and the few indies I knew of at the time. Down some spooky, steep and creaky stairs there were RPGs and back issues out the yin-yang. As a young teenager, when I pulled down my first summer job staying with my Dad in Jersey City, every paycheck went to Forbidden Planet. This was before I discovered rock music and record collecting, and before I had given up on being a comic artist. Every comic I purchased at the shop was research material for me.... And a prelude to when my comics would join them on the Forbidden Planet Shelves.
(Special thanks to Andrew Buckle for letting me use this great pic of what FP looked like when I went there! He has lots of nice pics of comic shops on his flickr page.)
Forbidden Planet has changed a lot since then. It’s moved to a smaller location across the street. They don’t have room for back issues or RPGS anymore. Like most modern comic shops, the new shop is organized, clean and well lit, which I understand people like. In short, it’s a modern comic shop. That makes it no less exciting to me that Jeff Ayers, current manager at Forbidden Planet, was receptive to buying copies of the Nix titles! They are on the shelves now and I have a goofy grin on my face about it.
Nix Comics are also available at Bergen Street Comics, Desert Island and the Academy Record Annex in Brooklyn.
Bergen Street has increased its already substantial “indie cred” a hundredfold by branching out into publishing has just released the first book on its own private imprint.
Gabe from Desert Island, with cred oozing out his eye-sockets and already a publisher of Smoke Signal, his freebie comics paper, has recently repressed Kicks #1 in support of Norton Records post-hurricane recovery efforts.
Academy Record Annex is the one place that I know of where you can find great vinyl at Midwest prices in NYC.
What’s more, John (and frequent Punk Contributor) and Jolly Prochnik were super nice! Sometimes you meet your idols and you wish you hadn’t… But these guys engaged me in conversation like I was one of the gang. We talked for a long while about music, comics and geodesic domes! If they felt trapped by my enthusiastic fandom, John and Jolly sure didn’t let on. They even submitted to the embarrassing “can I snap a pic of you reading Nix Comics?” gag.
That alone made my trip to NYC and MOCCA fest worthwhile!
I ended up sharing my table with MixTape's Brad Abraham... I could hardly say no when he asked as he was one of the few comic creators who took the time to come find me to say Hello at NYCC last year. He's a good guy and a pleasure to table with. We also struck a deal and his books will be the first non-Columbus based publications to be included in teh Nix Comics Wholesale Catalog, due to be updated for 2013... Um... any second now!
After a few months of tweeting back and forth about obscure 90s hardcore and our assorted kickstarters, I finally got to meet Matt Miner and pick up a copy of the preview of his forthcoming dog rescue themed Liberator comic.
Matt was table sharing with artist, writer and escapist Sean Von Gorman who I should thank for staging periodic straitjacket escapes during the fest, which in turn helped gather people around the neighboring Nix Comics table. I only once succumbed to the urge to accuse the surrounding crowd of being terrible people for not helping "that poor man having a seizure."