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Cool! This dry cleaner turned into a new comic book shop

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/West Village Comics

If you're completely consumed by the Marvel universe and can't resist a superhero story, there's a NYC venue that deserves your attention. 

Ready the batmobile and put on your best cape: The newly opened West Village Comics, once the site of a dry cleaner according to amNY, now operates as a go-to spot for those who can't turn away from the cartoon strips of action, adventure and vigilante goodness. The quaint NYC shop has made an impact largely thanks to its founder, Kurt Bollers. 

"When the opening came up, it was a no-brainer," he says of the shop's space. Since Bollers has been collecting comics since the early '90s, it's time he puts his collection to good use, especially considering he's accumulated those hard-to-find series over the past 20+ years. 

The merchandise is but one reason the spot is so irresistible. 

"It's a small mom and pop feel and [customers] aren't overwhelmed by the prices," Bollers adds, hoping his business will morph into a local pitstop for the young and the young at heart—a place where "kids can come in and hang out."

With the plans he has in place, you're certainly going to want to put West Village Comics on your radar. Bollers hopes to hold Saturday events for kids (and Sunday events at the local bar for the 21+ crowd), in addition to signings and readings, so comic fans will be able to develop a community. 

Boller is certainly off to a good start. His shop will be one of the many vendors at New York Comic Con, and he even plans to hold special events during the festival. Details are under wraps for the moment, but you can learn about Comic Con updates by following the shop on Twitter @westvillagecom1

We can't wait to see what superhero goodness unfolds! 

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