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Atomic Comics.
USA. Tacoma, Washington.

It’s a little shop near a mall, but it’s fantastic. The owner, and his staff, are always friendly whenever I go in.  They are always willing to suggest something if you’re not sure what you want, and will order stuff for you as well! I’ve gone in there when I wanted to start a series, but had no idea where to start, and one of the employees was super helpful and answered all my questions.  I can’t recommend this place enough. 

Bristol, TN: Mountain Empire Comics

If you wander into the downtown that borders Tennessee and Virginia, you can saunter onto 6th Street and find yourself at Mountain Empire Comics, a small yet well-stocked comic joint. Rob, the owner, is polite, respectful, gregarious and accommodating. If he doesn’t have it, he’s be happy to ask the sister store (in Johnson City, TN) to get it quickly, or to order it for Wednesday proper. If you head in on certain days, you might just run into one of his friendly helpers, one of whom is female, both of whom are awesome.

Bristol only sports a 26K population, so finding a place like MEC to feed your nerdy tooth is a great thing. The welcoming you get there? It’s even better.

Comics-n-Stuff (Parkway Plaza Mall) - El Cajon, CA, USA

If you’re in San Diego, you’ve probably heard of Comics-n-Stuff. They’re a chain comic book store, usually located in malls. They have the usual publishers like Marvel, DC, IDW, and some smaller indie comics as well. They also sell gaming stuff (Magic, Dungeons and Dragons, etc), T-shirts, toys and figures, posters, etc. Selection on those items vary from store to store.

When a store opened up in the Westfield Parkway Plaza mall, I decided to give it a try, to pleasant results.

First let me state: They are wheelchair accessible via an elevator on the other side of their neighboring store.

The store is fairly new, so they pretty much just have comics, some gaming stuff, and a few t-shirts and figures. The comics are pretty much straight ahead when you come in the door, with a bookshelf between you and the register. It’s just hidden enough that you don’t feel like you’re being stared at while you’re making your selections (which is great for me as I have social anxiety and hate that feeling of being watched).

What stood out for me is that they have at least two girls on staff (I go on Wednesdays because that’s my day off; I’m not sure who works there the rest of the week). One of them (a tattooed girl with blue hair) is polite and helpful, but usually too busy working to really try to chat with you. The other girl (a brunette) is really friendly and always chats with me at the register.

The only downside for me is that because they’re still new and don’t have as much merch as other CnS stores, but they have a lot of open space. It makes the store look huge and intimidating. I’m hoping once they pick up a little bit, they will be able to fill it in a bit more.

askthespiderphotographer asked:

Can you add The Comic Book Shop! in Wilmington, Delaware to the master list? As a female comic book fan, I have found this store to be exceptionally welcoming, even more so than Blue Hen. It's almost an hour drive from where I live in Maryland, passing Blue Hen on the way, but it is completely worth it, for both the selection and the staff.

Sure! Thanks for the submission. :)


Anonymous asked:

I'm not sure the best way to tag this so I'm sending an ask if that's alright? Two recommendations from Calgary, Canada: Redd Skull Comics (very tight space, not wheelchair accessible though) and Purple Gorilla Comics (back issues only w/ massive selection of all kinds of comics; in farmer's market). Both very nice staff, VERY friendly and helpful, will bend over backwards to help you out.

Cool, thanks. Anyone else have any experience with these & can elaborate?

Comic Nirvana Lexington SC: Flag It

I’ve only been there once, sometime about eight months ago, but they only had two employees and I believe the one I talked to was either the manager or the owner (or possibly both.) I’ve been to some wonderful comic shops, some where the owners were just using comics to pad their gaming or trading card inventories and couldn’t give any comic information, and some miserable ones, but this was the worst one I’ve ever been to- We’re talking in twenty minutes, he hit every single flag possible.

I was browsing while waiting to meet someone for lunch nearby, and when I was pulling out the white boxes to look for some singles. I asked the guy behind the counter if he could help me (because I’ve got a weight limit and can’t bend too much due to spinal trauma), he asked me straight up if I was looking for the manga. I said no. He asked if that meant I was looking for a friend. I said no again, and mentioned I was a Marvel fan. He immediately asked if I was there for Hiddleston or Evans- I said, “Peter David’s X-Factor run, actually, unless you have Age of Apocalypse in Direct Editions,” which was why I was looking in the first place. He kinda stood up straighter and scoffed, saying no-one bought those so there was no reason to order them, but if I wanted a gay comic, a lot of the manga girls usually liked Young Avengers. “If I wanted Young Avengers, I’d’ve mentioned that. Or just got it off the shelf. So what is your big seller, Marvel-wise?”

"We sell a lot of Captain America and Thor because of the girls who like the movies. Guys don’t buy them as much now. They buy X-Men and Avengers. Oh, except, Incredible Hulk, that sells well, brown people love it."

I’m white-passing, so I stood stock-still for a second and asked, “Brown people?”

"Yeah, like, Mexicans and stuff."

I told him right then and there that since I am Mexican, and since he obviously wasn’t willing to help me with my AoA question instead of rant about how all women want is to gawk over Paramount’s casting decisions simply because I was one, he should just leave me to dig through the hard way for singles.

I would like to add because it’s in the submission guide that it’s one of the worst lay-outs for wheelchair access I’ve ever seen, too. Tag this with every flag you want, because it was just awful all over.

Beach Ball Comics, Anaheim CA

Haven’t been there in a year or so, but for a couple years my sister and I were regular, almost weekly visitors to Beach Ball Comics. The staff was always friendly, ready to help if asked but also content to let you browse in silence for as long as you wanted. The store was small, though seemed wheelchair accessible from my memory of it. But even more stand out that the staff’s kindness is there involvement. Beach Ball Comics always had great events going on, and Free Comics Day was like a party, turning into an all out sale on their selection, rather than just a table of free comics. At least one woman on staff that I know of, but the men on the staff were never rude or exclusionary, and all were very open to friendly chat when ringing up a purchase.

Little Fish Comics, Fredericksburg, VA

My area has had many comic shops come and go over the past 10 years but Little Fish is the best.  Well lit, clean, everything laid out neatly on shelves or individually stacked on tables, and all the long boxes are on tables so you don’t have to stoop over to flip through them.  And it’s located right off I-95 making it easy to get to.

Michael, the owner, greets everyone at the door.  I buy stuff some people would think of as childish (Mega Man, Adventure Time, etc.) but not only does he not comment on your purchases but he also recommends new material based on your reading preferences which is how I discovered Mind MGMT and Alex + Ada.  There are no offensive pinups or posters (there used to be a blow-up Portal turret “guarding” the front door) and most of the wall space is filled with t-shirts and toys.  On special events like Free Comic Book Day or Halloween he’ll give discounts to people who dress up.

This is probably the most pleasant comics shop I’ve been in.

The Comic Book Shop!

I happened across this little shop online when I was just searching on a whim.  I usually went to Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark (only about 20 minutes away from where I live in Maryland), but after a sale, their stock of Iron Man back issues was severely depleted, and left me searching for a new place.  The Comic Book Shop was going to be quite a drive away, but I decided to give it a shot.

As I was unsure of the reception I was going to get, I went in with my list of already purchased comics, kept my head down, and did my searching quietly.  I was greeted when I came in, and the person at the counter was very pleasant.  Due to the large selection of back issues available, I decided to come back, and recommended the place to several friends.  When we made trips to the Concord Mall (even further), I made it a point to stop here and show my friends.

The decision to make this my official comic book shop came much later.  I took my brother up with me fairly early in the afternoon, and we were some of the few people there (I think there may have been one other person, but it has been a while).  The person at the counter that evening was Sarah (who I later learned was the co-owner of the shop, along with her husband Titus), and she was very friendly to both of us.  She helped me search for comics in the back issue bins, suggested newer titles that I might like (which I did), and suggested some good comics for my brother (who had just started getting interested) to start with.

Any time I have come to this shop since, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  As I’ve become more comfortable with the staff (I have trouble with people in general, getting comfortable with anyone takes time for me) I’ve come to look forward to every minute, not just because I’ll be picking up comics from my pull list or searching for older issues for my collection, but because I like talking to the staff, both male and female.  They’re interested in talking about anything, from comics to cons to stuff going on in my personal life.  I’m never made to feel uncomfortable because I am a girl and I’m into comics, or because I like a certain series.  I’ve even been able to bring my dog with me on several trips (they’re pet friendly as well, to a degree of course).

The Comic Book Shop is a fantastic place, and I can’t wait to go back when I have the funds!


Graphic Action Comics, Newcastle NSW Australia

I’ve been going to Graphic Action since i first started reading comics 3 years ago and the staff have been nothing but friendly.

I know you already have a post about graphic action but I just wanted to put my two cents in as a long time customer who knows all the employees by name!

Graphic Action is a relaxed environment intended to be a safe space for all. They’re willing to help newbies find their way into comics and make sure that they have a good experience!

The main reason I want to write about Graphic Action is that I recently went in to pick up some comics and was chatted up by a guy with no interest in actually reading any comics, the owner made sure i was aware that if i felt uncomfortable that i could simply let him know and he’d deal with the guy, because James (the owner) tries to make sure the store is a safe place for women.

The Comic Book Market: Bloomfield, New Jersey

The Comic Book Market is a fairly large store with wide aisles.  They have a huge selection of graphic novels and collections in addition to monthlies, and a separate section of kid-friendly graphic novels and ongoing series.  There are two women who regularly work the desk and the staff is very friendly and helpful to new readers.  It’s a good place to start reading.

Caveat for Dreamland Comics in Libertyville, IL

This was years ago (2007-8) but I only went to Dreamland once. Upon entry, I was ignored for a few minutes, then told where the Archie/romance comics was. When I said that wasn’t what I was interested in, the guy asked “Oh? What does your boyfriend read?” I have no idea if he thought it was a joke or what, but I never went back.

[mod: ugh. Thanks for the heads up - can anyone else give us an idea of the current situation?]

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