Comic book shop Galaxy Comics is a mom and pop store of the old school, situated in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. Along with all other non-essential stores, they closed their doors three months ago and only reopened in late May.
As it stands, the store owes $28,000 dollars in back rent and it can't afford to pay. If it cannot pay up, it will close. A customer and former employee Hoi Chen has launched a GoFundMe for $29,000 and has raised over $5600 of that from the likes of Greg Pak and Brad Walker.
The Brooklyn Reporter quotes store owner Abdulilah Esa, saying "My friends and customers were calling me when we were in quarantine and they were asking how the store was doing. I told them there's no income whatsoever. I owe four months of rent. We may not be able to make it because we are not making any money. Last week, we were making $30 a day, the most $300, and there was no way I was able to make rent.I did call my accountant and he said he was going to apply for loans for us. And when he applied, and by the time I called him, he said that money had all run out and a lot of people didn't get their application process. The store has been here for a long time and kids would come down, read books, sometimes people come in and stay for hours," he said. "A lot of people see it as an escape, especially in the summer if they don't have a place to go." The store also gained passing trade from the cinema next door – which has closed permanently. There's a lot of hurt to share.
If you wish, you can donate to the store here. And see pictures of their cat too, if you want.