Midtown Comics Downtown
Midtown Comics is a comic book retailer with three shops in Manhattan and an e-commerce website. The store and its staff have been used for local news reporting relating to comic books and popular culture. The store has also been mentioned in comic book stories themselves. On July 13, 2012, the National Geographic Channel premiered Comic Store Heroes, a reality television program set at the store. Midtown Comics has hosted signings by comic book creators such as Rob Liefeld, Dave Gibbons, Mark Millar and Simone Bianchi, as well as celebrities known outside the comic book industry, such as Amber Benson, Tim Gunn, Fall Out Boy, Olivia Munn, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, filmmaker Kevin Smith, actor Zachary Quinto and civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. Notable customers who visited the shop have included actress Cate Blanchett and Star Wars creator George Lucas.