I’m a native Oneontan and for years I’ve been worried about the city’s economic prospects and quality of life; I’m not a pessimist to say that Oneonta continues to face significant challenges. But as a lifelong nerd and comic book fan, I’m glad to say Oneonta has a thriving array of comic books and hobby shops.

Whether you go to the Bearded Dragon, Serenity Hobbies or Secret Comix Cave, you’re going to get excellent customer service, top-notch recommendations, ample selection, and perhaps even new friends! In 2019 I heavily benefited from the help and friendship of Gary from Secret Comix Cave especially.

I shouldn’t have to tell you the benefit of shopping locally: it improves our economy, keeps your neighbors fiscally stable, allows for a more personalized shopping experience, and makes our community more unique. And falling in love with a new comic book series or fandom has benefits too: improved literacy, improved imagination and creativity, new friends that share your interest and more.

I hope you’ll visit these stores repeatedly in 2020.

And if you get a chance, tell the staff Nico says hello!

 Nico Meyering

Oneonta

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