Brimming with vinegar, Comic Book Heaven owner Joe Leisner has a lot of opinions about life, comic books and where technology should have stopped. He’s the sole focus of this documentary short film from E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, and he opens the conversation sharing the true worth of comic books by explaining what farmers of the early 20th century used to do with them.
The next ten minutes is an excellent bit of sand paper nostalgia. Leisner and his shop are at the end of an era – maybe on the end of their fourth or fifth eras – so even though he’s a breathing embodiment of Brooklyn, the sugar comes through along with the pepper. He’s also a wonderfully compelling figure, representing a contradictory human balance. He has trouble throwing things away, but says he won’t miss the shop after it’s closed. He’s dedicated a bulk of his life to selling comics, but he doesn’t particularly seem to care for them. He’s gruff and straightforward, but still sweet and thoughtful.
In short, there’s no better way to describe him than as a fuckin’ delight.