Ka-Pow! Brooklyn comics and graphics festival overpowers Williamsburg

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Comic-Con it was not.

Hundreds of graphic novel and comic book enthusiasts dressed in all manner of plaid shirts, ironic-slogan t-shirts, funky sneakers, and thick-rimmed glasses flocked to a cozy Williamsburg church basement (Our Lady of Consolation Church, 184 Metropolitan Avenue) for the first ever Brooklyn Comics and Graphics festival to buy old and new works from some of their favorite indie artists.

“It was hectic and mellow at the same time,” said Desert Island Comics’ Gabriel Fowler, who organized the festival along with Picture Box.

For eight hours on Saturday, December 5, comics fans perused boxes of books, admired colorful displays, and even get their purchases signed by the author, if they were lucky.

For Brooklyn artist Julia Wertz, author of The Fart Party series, it was worth braving a drizzly day to bond with her fellow graphic novel fans.

“It feels comfortable being in a basement,” said Wertz. “I like being in a small dank environment. It feels appropriate.”

Comic book fans looking for even more deals or wanting to unload some of their impulse buys can also swing on by 206-208 41st Street and 2nd Avenue in Brooklyn for the New York Comic Warehouse, which promises 1,000,000 comic books for sale, and more than 200,000 will be sold for $1.

For more information, call 1-800-723-5572 or visit Also, prints from the Graphics Festival will be on sale at Desert Island Comics at 540 Metropolitan Avenue, in Williamsburg.For more information, visit or call 718-388-5087.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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