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Koch Comics Brings an Appreciation for Comic Books To Brooklyn

By Kelly Church

For Brooklyn, NY comic book fans, Koch Comics is a saving grace for comic memorabilia. They affectionately call their warehouse The Endless Convention, storing a mass amount of comic book media for true fans all over the world. The nickname is an ode to comic book conventions, alluding to the warehouse's vast inventory that likely won't be found at a typical comic book shop. The warehouse is usually only open by making an appointment to come in. Shoppers can also see Koch Comics' stock online, however because the collection is so large, not all items are available online. Owner Joseph Koch says the fun thing.

"We have been almost exclusively mail order until very recently," Koch says. "Our community was the whole world. We have shipped palettes of comics to Bangladesh, Nigeria [and more places]. A few years ago, we started to run open house sales from the warehouse. They have been fun for us and for our visitors, many of whom are from the neighborhood and are amazed that they did not know that one million comics were right down the block from them."

Koch Comics introduced these public sales to only last 48 hours. These sales include new publications, old publications, toys and vinyl. The interesting part about these sales, and working in the comic book industry in general, is Koch says he can pick up on certain trends among comic book readers. Currently, stories about psychopaths are in demand.

"Right now, psychopaths rule," Koch says. "Deadpool is currently Marvel's most popular character. The most popular DC character is Harley Quinn, a similarly psycho character. The psychos are fun."

For Koch, it's not just the psychos that he enjoys. Ever since he was a kid, he and his brother had an affinity for comic books, sparking his love for the publications and ultimately leading to Koch Comics.

"My brother and I were comic readers growing up," Koch says. "We used to bike for an hour almost every day to a big newsstand/drugstore (Ianni's) in Trenton, NJ to see if the latest comics had come out yet. It took us a while to figure out that any given comic title only came out once a month," Koch says. "Many unnecessary, but happy trips."

With Koch Comics in the neighborhood, it seems the hope is to provide other kids (and adults) with only necessary trips, always having something to offer.

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