Crescent City Comics in New Orleans
Atomic Books in Baltimore
Atomic Books is great because it is not only a store with a strong stock of comics, but also a strong stock of regular books. It carries POP! Funko figurines, shirts, and other miscellaneous items. Perhaps more exciting, though, is the art gallery up in Eightbar—the shop’s cozy lounge—that features various works of art in addition to drinks to keep you occupied and hydrated (sorta). So with sustenance and books, I’m really not seeing a reason you’d ever need to leave this store.
Meltdown Comics in LA
Meltdown Comics is unique because in addition to its comics and collectibles selection, the shop also has a regular podcast called the MeltCast, in addition to various comedy nights (like the NerdMelt with our buds over at Nerdist). Meltdown is cool because it has WAY more to offer than just comic book shopping—it’s truly a whole experience.
Forbidden Planet in NYC
This store’s design alone makes it cool, but in addition to being pretty, Forbidden Planet also boasts a wide selection of comics (vintage, modern, imported, you name it, they’ve got it), great gaming gear, and some truly unique collectibles (like some of the statues and figurines pictured above). Plus, I’ve heard rumors of a Captain America doorhandle and a skinless T-800 by the door. So, y’know, go already.
Midtown Comics in NYC
Another Manhattan icon, Midtown Comics is a behemoth in the community with a direct line to Marvel. So even though this store might not give you the smaller, more personalized shopping experience you’d get from a smaller shop, it’s such a formidable presence in comics that you can’t NOT visit Midtown at least once in your life.
Secret Headquarters in LA
Arcane Comics in Seattle
Austin Books and Comics in Austin
This store has been referred to as the Alexandria Library of Comics. No lie. If you have a need for anything comics-related, chances are strong that you’ll find it in this Austin behemoth. Not only do they have tons of comics, collectibles, clothes, and anything else you could imagine, they also host totally awesome events like a Fables wake, meet-and-greets with people like Ernest Cline, and other author signings. Plus, the store’s huge size is also just overwhelmingly beautiful.
Floating World in Portland
Mile High Comics in Denver
Mile High happens to be one of the largest comics dealers in the country (as you can see from their logo), and they are hands-down the biggest shop in Denver. With three branches in the Denver area alone, this is the shop to beat in perhaps all of Colorado. Not only does Mile High offer comics and collectibles, but they also offer gaming supplies and host tournaments. Plus, you get to do your comic book shopping with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, which makes everything more awesome. Right?
What are some of the comic book stores across the country and across the world that you want to visit? What are some stores that you think other people need to visit? Add to the travel list in the comments!