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Comic Shop Sundays: New York and New Jersey

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Need some new comics to dive into while you’re staying at one of our New York or New Jersey Red Roof locations? As the home of the 2nd largest Comic Con in the U.S., New York/New Jersey Area has some of the best comic book stores in the country. There are hundreds of amazing comic shops in New York and New Jersey and they all deserve to be recognized, but we will only be focusing on the ones within the surrounding areas of our properties. If you’re staying at a Red Roof location in any of these areas, be sure to make a trip to these awesome comic shops.


If you’re staying at Red Roof PLUS+ Secaucus - Meadowlands – NYC, you will be just 6.3 miles from the historic Midtown Comics in Times Square. Known as the most “media-friendly comic book store in the United States,” this landmark specializes in classics, as well as indie and alternative collectibles. Forbidden Fruit and Mysterious Time Machine are also just a little more than 8 miles from this property and are ranked as two of the top comic book shops in the nation. Forbidden Fruit is one of the largest sellers of comics, graphic novels, science fiction, toys and collectibles in the world. Mysterious Time Machine is an underground shop in Greenwich Village that’s packed to the brim with everything geek and pop culture related. Looking for a shop a bit closer to get your geek fix? Check out Thought Bubble Comics located just 3.5 miles away.


Red Roof PLUS+ Long Island - Garden City is also located in a prime spot to find some great comic book shops. Take a walk to Newbury Comics (less than a mile away) for not just the latest comics and graphic novels but also music, clothes and many other pop culture gems. Phoenix Comics & Collectibles in Hicksville is just 4.6 miles from this property and carries memorabilia and comic books from all eras and much more. Grasshoppers Comics (3.8 miles away) has been open for over 30 years, making them a staple in the Long Island community known for their large inventory of over 140,000 back issues. A few other stores worth visiting are Best Comics International (5.2 miles), The Comic Book Depot (8 miles) and Cosmic Comics & Books Inc. (9.9 miles).

Not too far from the Jersey Shore you can find the Red Roof Inn Tinton Falls - Jersey Shore and some Comic shop hidden gems. Located just 2.1 miles away in Eatontown is Comic Crypt LLC. Find out about all their upcoming events on their Facebook Page. Red Roof Inn Tinton Falls - Jersey Shore is also just 5.6 miles away from the home of Kevin Smith and the Comic Book Men, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Get an in-person view of where this long running reality show took place and meet all of the employees/former cast members. This world renown comic book store sells everything from comics books, comic related merchandise and even View Askew film-related items. If you’re willing to take a short drive, then head over to The Geekery in Aberdeen Township for a vast selection of comics and collectibles (16 miles away). Zapp Comic is another nearby comic book store (18.4 miles) that is known for their large inventory. Like most other comic shops, they also sell action figures, merchandise, collectible cards games and supplies. Even those looking to get rid of some comics are in luck because Zapp buys all comic book collections from the 1930’s to the present!


Here at Red Roof, we understand how nice it can be to immerse yourself in the worlds of superpowers, the supernatural, sci-fi or fantasy at the end of a long travel day. No matter what part of New York or New Jersey you’re in, there is always a great comic book shop just around the corner to transport you to one of these universes. Serving as beacons for fans of these worlds and an inclusive gathering spaces, these centers of geek fandom will have everything you’ll need and more. Head to one of these shops while you’re in town to find your next geek travel adventure!

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