Pandabonium tipped me off (thanks) about a store in New York: The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Yes, there’s a place to get a kinds of crime fighting gear from utility belts to waving capes. It’s actually the second store, the original first appeared in San Francisco but with a pirate theme. That kinda’ figures doesn’t it. While everybody having a ball picking out his or her favorite crime fighter garb, the patrons might discover that the store itself has an alter ego as an all-volunteer writing center.
By July, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. was open for business, and walking inside, visitors were not disappointed. There were in fact capes and other superhero costumes; there were ropes and grappling hooks for scaling buildings; there were invisibility potions and X-ray goggles; and there were cans filled with anti-matter. But why sell superhero supplies? Is there really a market for that sort of thing? Well, the answer (and could there really be a better answer?) is that they are selling superhero supplies to support 826NYC, their non-profit writing and tutoring center, which is housed in the back of the store.
The writing center opened its doors in September 2004 to students in the area aged six to eighteen with the express goal of helping them improve their writing ability. 826NYC offers free writing workshops, publishing projects, and one-on-one drop-in tutoring Sunday through Thursday. Moreover, they host field trips for entire classes to visit the writing center for workshops on topics like storytelling or bookmaking, or for meet-the-author events where kids can ask solicit advise from published writers.
Again New York is proven to be the epicenter of the Superhero, but this time it’s accessible to the average person… and folks needing help with their writing.