2017-05-17 / Front Page

National Free Comic Book Day A Big Hit in Queens

By Dan Miller & Joyce Vetere Milowski

Comics fans in collectors’ heaven at Royal Collectibles.

 

Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesComics fans in collectors’ heaven at Royal Collectibles. Photos Dan Miller/DMD ImagesFree Comic Book Day was celebrated in Forest Hills on May 6.

“This is actually our busiest day of the year,” said Mike Giordano, co-owner of Royal Collectibles, located at 96-01 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills.

Free Comic Book day is a national phenomenon, where hundreds of thousands of comic book lovers, collectors, readers young and old swarm their local comic book and collectables stores to get a copy of their favorite comic books.

The latest releases for popular comic books today include 48 new titles just for this special event day. These include an all new “Guardians of Galaxy No. 1,” “Attack on Titan,” and “Barbie.”

Giordano has been selling comic books his whole life. What started as a part-time job Nicole, Violet and John Rivera display their free comic books at Royal Collectibles.

 
Nicole, Violet and John Rivera display their free comic books at Royal Collectibles. blossomed into a full-time career when at only 19 years of age, his boss invited Giordano to become a partner.

Their friendship and their business has grown in leaps and bounds since then, and that was 20 years ago.

When asked what the best part of owning a collectables store, Giordano replied, “It’s the interest in fresh collections and new material that keeps making this business interesting. When you find an original owner of comic books from the 1960s; just getting to see those 50-year-old relics, the condition they manage to stay in over those years is fun to see.”

Mya, Olivia, Jase and Jason Rodriguez ready for fun at Royal Collectibles on Free Comic Book Day in Forest Hills.Mya, Olivia, Jase and Jason Rodriguez ready for fun at Royal Collectibles on Free Comic Book Day in Forest Hills.Giordano buys, sells and appraises comic books and other collectables.

Royal Collectibles also offers sports cards, baseball, football, basketball, hockey and all kinds of sports memorabilia. They buy, sell and appraise collections. Giordano told the Queens Gazette that Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has been a customer and collector for years. Giordano can be heard on In Focus on WVOX 1460 AM on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. talking about comic books and collecting.

National Comic Book day has been held on the first Saturday of May since its inception 16 years ago. It is considered the granddaddy of all comic book events in the United States, and Royal Collectibles of Forest Hills was the only place in Queens where free comic books were being given away.

The event will be held next year on Saturday May 5, 2018.

 

 

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