Here’s a little documentary about the Comic Book Heaven shop in Queens New York that closed last year.  I thought it was an interesting look at comic shops, owners, and the reasons for closing.

This documentary was uploaded last week, but I have a feeling it has been finished for quite a while now.

Comic Book Heaven is a short documentary that tells the story of Joe Leisner, owner of the comic book store Comic Book Heaven located in Sunnyside, Queens NY.

TRT: 12:00

Director: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher
Editor: Ethan Simmons
Producers: Tom Maiorino, E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, Ethan Simmons
Cinematographer: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher
Additional Camera: Nathan Lynch
Post Producer: Tom Maiorino
Sound Engineer: Dave Huston
Colorist: Colin Travers
Comic Book Expert: Danielle Lewis

For film inquiries (including access to Joe, who is now interested in becoming an actor!) email E.J. at


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  1. Couldn’t watch the video (technically can WATCH, just can’t follow since I can’t hear), but I did a search and found an article about the shop’s closing. I was pretty amused about his new goal of becoming an actor.

    Though I will say it is pretty heartbreaking to me that so many comic shops are closing their doors. Those around me started closing right around 2000 (some even earlier, but there were still plenty within driving distance until then). I haven’t had easy access to a comic shop since around 2003, with the only one I get in to being a shop in the same city as one of my medical specialists I see a few times a year (not exactly close). Sure, a lot of the same stuff is available online, but it isn’t the same. It is like comparing going to a live concert or sporting event to watching it on TV or online. You might see the same things, but the experiences are completely different.

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