JP Comics & Games
603 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
JP Comics & Games is a fixture in the community of Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston, MA. The owners - Paul, Cole, and Keith - are friendly, affirming, helpful folks who are easy to talk to and welcoming to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, newness to comic culture or any other identity or factor.
All the owners are easy to talk to and welcoming of discussions and critiques of comic titles and culture. I have witnessed the owners respectfully discuss misogyny, hetero-cissexism, and racism in comics, and the (almost) monthly comic forum events are frequently populated with folks discussing both the historical and present currents of culture, artistic style, and narrative in comics. [On a more personal note, I have had one of the owners ask me to help teach them to politely ask folks what pronouns they prefer, in order to be more respectful of folks with a diversity of gender identities.]
Paul and Cole are especially good at helping folks newer to comics to broaden their reading by providing excellent tailored suggestions based on titles they are already reading. They are also good with steering folks who have never read comics before in the direction of titles they will enjoy based on their preferences in story telling in movies, books, or other media.
Before moving to JP, and finding my comic home (and many friends) at JP Comics & Games, I had fallen out of reading comics. I have never had a better experience than at this store. I would recommend it to anyone in the Boston area, or anyone who finds themselves in town on a Wednesday looking for their comic fix. They also have board game nights on Thursday and Saturday, as well as Dungeons and Dragons night on Wednesday, all of which are equally welcoming and fun!