Newbury Comics is an American music vendor in New England. Newbury Comics started as a comic book retailer on Newbury Street, Boston. It was an initiative by Massachusetts Institute of Technology students John Brusger and Mike Dreese in 1978. In the coming few years, the focus of the firm shifted from comic books to music. However, comic books are still sold at stores in small numbers. Dreese also published Boston Rock, a music paper which was effective 1980 – 1987. Its primary focus was on punk, indie bands, and new wave.
There are a total of 28 stores. Four in New Hampshire, five in New England states, two in Rhode Island, one in Connecticut, one in Maine, and remaining twenty in Massachusetts. Newbury Comics opened its 29th store, on August 20, 2016, at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York which was its first store outside of New England. Again, Newbury Comics opened a shop, in August 2017, in The Westchester mall located in White Plains, NY. This store was also, owned by the Simon Property Group, like Roosevelt Field.
What To Expect
Starting from the late 1980s, Newbury Comics has been a dealer of new and used CDs, DVDs, and singles, and other pop culture goods. This stock included comics, T-shirts, posters, trading cards, buttons, action figures, sports merchandise, cosmetics, jewelry, novelties, and more. Many locations also sell high end along with punk-style clothes.
The chain also has a side store by the name Hootenanny which focused mostly on punk-style clothing. It is located one floor down main building in Harvard Square. On May 2012, Hootenanny shut-down, while the flagship Newbury Comics banner is changing its product line to add more fashion. Newbury Comics stores are also slowly turning from comic centers to malls.
In A Nutshell
Newbury Comics, in 1978, was founded by MIT students, John Brusger and Mike Dreese. Mike and John changed a Newbury Street apartment in Boston’s famous Back Bay into the second established comic book store in the region. This change was made possible with an investment of $2,000 and a collection of comic books. Newbury Comics, In 1979, began selling new wave and punk music and became the area’s leading expert in alternative music. A second store open for sales, by 1982, in Harvard Square. The company’s revenues generated mostly from the latest music and merchandise related to rock.
Newbury Comics now covers the New England consisting of 29 stores in total, plus the fashion boutique Hootenanny. Newbury Comics is a popular place to shop for everything related to music. The music stock covered many territories from the best of the underground/indie scene to significant superstars. The chain also houses a broad mix of non-music related items. These include DVD’s, diverse pop culture & trend products, t-shirts, posters, jewelry, cosmetics, books, magazines and more.