Tonight to do: Jesse Reklaw at Desert Island

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Jesse Reklew will be signing COUCH TAG at 7 at Desert Island in Brooklyn tonight. As I think I mentioned only a few posts ago, this is an autobiographical comic done right, sardonic and pointed. The short story “13 Cats of My Childhood” is porbably one of my top ten favorite comics shor stories of […]

31 Days of Halloween: Gary Leib’s Desert Island storefront

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We were stunned by last year’s spectacular Halloween display by Gary Leib at Brooklyn’s own Desert Island Comics, and he’s back for 2012 with an all new display. Leib has lots more Halloween goodness at his tumblr.

Retailers differ on banning cell phones and Before Watchmen

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Alex Zalben has a fine write-up on MoCCA’s ‘To Run A Comic Shop’ panel, which included Tucker Stone of Bergen Street Comics, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island, Robert Conte of Manhattan Comics and Brooklyn Comics, Thor Parker of Midtown Comics and moderator (and former retailer) Alex Cox, currently of the CBLDF. As usual that’s a very smart, modern lineup of merchants, and sure enough there was some interesting talk. For instance, some stores actually frown on cell phones when they are used to order comics online—using the brick and mortar store as a showroom of sorts: