KINGSTON, NY – World’s End Comics, now open in its new location at 319 Wall Street next to the Kingston Candy Bar, will celebrate its new home and offer free comics on Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.
Christopher Livecchi, co-owner of World’s End Comics with Michael Humiston, said the new 1,200 square foot space is nearly four times larger than the store’s former location on Broadway. He said World’s End has been operating quietly since Sunday in the new space and business has so far exceeded expectations.
Livecchi said he intentionally kept the opening quiet because he didn’t want to make a big deal until Free Comic Book Day, which will include a visit from a Star Wars Stormtrooper, music by Ratboy Jr. at 1 p.m. and Willy Wonka next door at Kingston’s Candy Bar.
The new space will provide significantly more space for comics, tabletop games and special events, Livecchi said. “You can actually see the books now.”
“We make an effort to sell locally produced indie comics and we have some on our shelves,” he said, adding that he found them through contacts he had made over the years and at other times by sheer luck.
“People come in and say they worked for such and such a comic company back then,” he said.
Livechhi said the store will also offer a selection of toys and an increased selection of books for middle school students and young adults.
As for tabletop games, he admitted that they move a little slower and are popular with customers looking for something a little more offbeat.
One of the things he’s most excited about is the back room, where World’s End will feature an expanded slate of in-game events.
Livecchi said he had already agreed to the space being used for a student chess club.
And it will be much easier for World’s End to hold its monthly game night on the last Sunday of the month. Livecchi recalled how in the old store they had to take everything apart to make room for the store’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
“Now we can go into the back room and the table is set,” Livecchi said.
World’s End will also welcome Greg Kanan, who once ran vintage video store Arcane Video on Broadway, to the store.
“He’s going to move a very organized selection into our space, the same way Rough Draft and Half Moon welcomed us. said Livecchi, adding that he plans to continue collaborating with both Uptown bookstores.
“We want to work together to build a space that supports us all,” he said. “It’s good to be part of the community, not to be a crass, faceless mega retail giant.”
He said Worlds End has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting heavily to online ordering and even delivering to a small group of customers.
“It was pretty cool driving around Kingston delivering comics,” Livecchi said.
Livecchi said his business during the pandemic has been bolstered by people buying comics or tabletop games when they’ve exhausted their Netflix signals.
He said that although they still have online business, it is not their mainstay.
Outside of the store, Livecchi is an adjunct professor at Penn State University Online and Humiston is an adjunct professor who teaches at SUNY New Paltz and Marist, while their two wives are full professors at SUNY New Paltz.
Livecchi said his wife, Andrea Gatzke, has become increasingly interested in the world of comics since the store opened. And she, along with Humiston, brings a slightly different taste that allows for a better curated selection.
But above all, he wants to inspire people to get a book.
“What’s enduring is that I want people to keep reading even if it’s words without pictures,” he said.
World’s End comic book hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the store is closed on Tuesday. For more information, call (845) 689-4793 or visit https://www.worldsendkingston.com/.