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JHU Comic Books

32 East 32nd Street
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JHU Comic Books has moved to 481 3rd Avenue, #5503, New York, NY 10016

Comic books and graphic novels have stepped up their game over the past few decades, and are now recognized as a legitimate art form, both by the publishing world and by collectors. I have been to a number of great comic book shops while walking the side streets, but none of them can compare with the vast and well-organized selection that JHU carries. The shop is set up in alphabetical order, from Aqua Man to Zombie, in an effort to help enthusiasts and newcomers alike navigate the collection. And of course, the knowledgeable and friendly staff is always on hand to answer questions. “Golden Age Larry,” as he is affectionately known, is an icon in the world of comics and a real delight. His passion becomes apparent as soon as you begin a conversation.

I spent a pleasant time with Larry, who told me about the history of the business and how he became involved. What started as a small interest thirty years ago became the bane of his existence once he discovered JHU on Chamber Street in the 1990s. Larry worked on Wall Street at the time, and hung out at JHU during his lunch hour, chatting with the owners and customers. He became what people referred to as a “fountain of knowledge,” a walking encyclopedia of comic books. Within a few years, Larry made the decision to leave his job downtown and begin a new career in the world of comics uptown. Now, happily situated between Park and Madison, JHU enjoys a steady stream of collectors and first-timers who browse the golden oldies and the newest comic books that line JHU’s organized shelves.

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“We were just voted the best Asian barbecue restaurant in New York, ” said Philip, the general manager of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong. “We’re getting a lot of buzz these days, because Korean food is very trendy right now. ” And Baekjeong, founded by Korean wrestler and TV personality Kang Ho-dong, is the trendiest of all. It is a favorite hangout of actors and celebrities, and has received high praise from celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and David Chang. At Baekjeong (the Korean word for “butcher”), meat is king. But while Korean barbecue traditionally makes use of the second-best cuts of meat, marinating them for flavor, Philip emphasized that Baekjeong uses only the highest-quality meat. “We don’t even marinate it, ” he added. Between the quality of the meat and the reputation of executive chef Deuki Hong, a twenty-five year old prodigy who recently won the 2015 Young Guns Chef award, Baekjeong has become one of the hottest new restaurants in New York. The wait to be seated, Philip told me, is sometimes as long as an hour and a half. By all accounts, it is worth the wait. As customers munch on small starter dishes known as banchan, waiters prepare the meat - mainly beef and pork - on large metal grills set into each table. Another highlight at Baekjeong is dosirak, a traditional Korean children’s lunchbox filled with rice, kimchi, and a fried egg. In the seventies, Philip explained, Korean kids always shook up their metal lunch boxes before eating them, and at Baekjeong - which aims for a “1970s industrial Korea feel” - customers are encouraged to do the same. But Philip emphasized that guests who do not know much about Korean food should not be worried. The waiters, who all speak English and Korean, “make sure to cater to customers who don’t know what’s going on. ” For the most part, though, the Chinese tourists and Americans who make up most of Baekjeong’s clientele (“Koreans don’t like to wait in line, ”) do know what is going on. “No one just walks in off the street, ” Philip told me. “The kind of people who come here are in the know. ”