We made a pilgrimage to Superhero Supplies whilst we were in Brooklyn (Park Slope). I can’t remember who told me about it, but it’s been one of my long time seven wonders to visit, and irresistable whilst here in the US. I couldn’t have been more delighted - so true is it to the sensibilities of superheroes, it never falters in giving the best of service and advice. Much loved is the sidekick poster (never X-Ray your sidekick, for example), and multitudinous supplies on offer - 16 fluid ounces of matter, or anti-matter, Gill Pills (take with care), Shapeshifting ($7.50). It’s difficult to understand the price point logic, but for a moment you simply don’t care - all of these things are within a modest salary reach.
Other favourites include the invisible products - penknives and other items in plastic clam-shell packaging to make sure you knew they were really there - all for around $9, and a laptop for $2,500.
Special features include Cape testing.
However, behind the bookcase is an entry to the writing project 826NYC, which supports 6-18 year olds to become skilled in language and writing. The source is Dave Eggers, and it’s a sublime project. It even has more extensions in 826’s across the States, and is supported by sales in the shop. They believe “great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.” Anthologies of the writings and comic work from the workshops are sold there too. So I bought one and was asked to swear an oath as they got my change!
It’s just simply brilliant.