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Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one (Credit: Newsday /John Paraskevas)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

The fantastic world of comic books on LI

Long Island has been a bastion of the comic book subculture for years and has played a role in its development. Whether it's Spiderman on Broadway or another Batman on the big screen, comic book characters are big entertainment business. They're also considered art.

Wearing a comic-themed T-shirt, Kirby Lindell of Bellerose
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Wearing a comic-themed T-shirt, Kirby Lindell of Bellerose Manor, center, was a among some two dozen comic book collectors who gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. Fellow comic book collector Scott Honig of Syosset is at left. Grasshoppers, owned by John Riley, is one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (March 2, 2011)

Joe Marsich, foreground, of New Hyde Park, was
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Joe Marsich, foreground, of New Hyde Park, was among some two dozen comic book collectors who gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. (March 2, 2011)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one
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Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (March 2, 2011)

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Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one
(Credit: Newsday /John Paraskevas)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

John Riley, center, owner of Grasshoppers, one of
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John Riley, center, owner of Grasshoppers, one of the largest comic book dealers on Long Island, leads an informal discussion about the culture of comic books at his store in Williston Park recently. Some two dozen comic book collectors participated in the event. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at
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Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. Grasshoppers, owned by John Riley, is one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

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John Riley, center, owner of Grasshoppers, one of
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John Riley, center, owner of Grasshoppers, one of the largest comic book dealers on Long Island, leads an informal discussion about the culture of comic books at his store in Williston Park recently. Some two dozen comic book collectors participated in the event. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Comic books line the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (March 2, 2011)

Rick Bloom of East Meadow was joined other
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Rick Bloom of East Meadow was joined other comic book collectors for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books in Williston Park. Here, he browses through a Batman collection. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Brian Royster of Westbury was among some two
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Brian Royster of Westbury was among some two dozen comic book collectors who gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Comic book collector Rick Guzman of Queens Village
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Comic book collector Rick Guzman of Queens Village browses through the shelves at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

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A collector grabs a comic book from a
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A collector grabs a comic book from a shelf at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

A collector grabs a comic book from a
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A collector grabs a comic book from a rack at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

A comic book collector browses through the racks
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A comic book collector browses through the racks at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

A collector grabs a comic book from a
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A collector grabs a comic book from a shelf at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

Comic book collector David Catalano of Mineola browses
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Comic book collector David Catalano of Mineola browses through the racks at Grasshoppers, one of the largest stores on Long Island specializing in comic books and graphic novels. (Mar. 2, 2011)

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Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. (March 2, 2011)

Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Some two dozen comic book collectors gathered at Grasshoppers in Williston Park recently for an informal discussion about the culture of comic books. (Mar. 2, 2011)

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