You have been to at least a couple Comic-Cons and have enjoyed every minute of them. You are already deciding what super hero to dress us as for Halloween, and you can name every single character in both the Marvel and Avengers line-ups.
Now, in order to channel your inner geek even further, consider visiting some of the best comic book stores the nation has to offer. From tiny mom and pop shops in your neck of the woods to bigger stores that might involve an epic comic-themed road trip, there is no shortage of amazing places to check out. For example, consider the following places:
Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles
If you live in or near the City of Angels, a visit to Meltdown Comics is a must. The 14,000 square foot store stocks new and classic comic books, along with collectibles, super hero merch and more. Food trucks often park in front, so if hunger strikes while perusing the collection of Wonder Woman comics, grab a bite to eat before heading back inside.
Floating World Comics, Portland
From the City of Angels to the City of Roses and ” Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon, offers a wide selection of comics, art books, graphic novella and more. The small and hip store is an ideal place to browse for hours on a rainy day; as a bonus, music fans will enjoy shopping for new and used vinyl at Landfill Rescue Unit, which is inside the comic book shop.
Midtown Comics, New York City
Midtown Comics is the largest comic book and collectibles store in the United States. Eat a good breakfast and down some strong coffee before heading here you’ll need all the energy you can muster to browse through half a million back issues of comics. If you need help or advice, the friendly staff at the two-story shop can point you in the right comic book direction. One word of advice: if you are planning a road trip to The Big Apple, you might want to acquaint yourself with the rules of the road in the metropolis. The last thing you want is to get a ticket or moving violation while heading to Midtown Comics or any other comic book shop on your bucket list. Before leaving town, spend some time on a website like Driving-Tests.org; the site includes driving laws and rules of the road for all 50 states
Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Red Bank
After spending time at Midtown Comics in NYC, make the hour’s drive south to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey. The store, which is owned by filmmaker and comic book fan Kevin Smith, is well known for stocking a great selection of new releases and back issues of comics.
Crescent City Comics, New Orleans
If you want to chat about your fave super heroes, the friendly team who works at Crescent City Comics is more than willing to talk about characters, books and more. They can also make recommendations on new books to try and will order something if it’s not in stock. The shop also has regular comic book signing days, which is a fun way to meet fellow comic book-philes. If you are heading there with kiddos, the store features a kid-friendly space in the front filled with comic books for the younger crowd along with children’s books.