All right thinking people (who have HBO) watch Bored To Death because it's one of the funniest shows on television. On last night's episode, Bergen Street Comics made its long awaited appearance, as Zach Galifianakis' Ray (an indie comic book creator who once drew X-Men) stopped by to pick up the money made from his self-published semi-autobiographical comic book, Super Ray.
Here are some screen caps:
Bergen Street Comics is not only my local comic store, but it was also the venue for out New York Comic Con party this year. It's a great shop and fits perfectly into Bored To Death's aesthetic which is not so much New York-centric as it is Brooklyn-centric. It really nails the little Brooklyn, and even more specially the little Park Slope, details.
Those of us who shop at Bergen Street and know the owners, Tom and Amy, knew that this episode was coming for a while. I was in the shop when the art direction team was taking photos of the store and I was there in the aftermath when they were assessing the damage the shoot did (which was, I believe, repaired by the production company.)
In reality Bergen Street Comics is a very progressive, forward thinking shop that caters in large part to the indie crowd and the graphic novel crowd (while not at all neglecting the super hero crowd), so what was interesting, and ultimately not at all surprising, about the show last night was that they portrayed the owner (in the glasses and the Captain America t-shirt) and the customer (in the elf ears) in that typical way the mainstream media often does: geeky, socially awkward outcasts. It was not surprising, but it was a bit strange for a show that gets the local details so right.
Regardless, congrats to Tom and Amy. If you're in New York City, you owe it to yourself to swing by Bergen Street Comics to check it out.