Comic Book Buying Sites
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Note: I have not listed Amazon, because most people know you can almost anything from there, and I wanted to present some other options. A lot of these online comic book stores have physical locations as well, so in some way, you are helping out a local comic book shop. Below are a few of the best online comic book stores that, after some research, have been most highly recommended to me.
Things from Another World, or TFAW, has several physical locations (Milwaukie, Portland, Beaverton, Oregon, Los Angeles) along with their website. The first thing I noticed on their site was that other merchandise such as toys, statues, and POPs were noticeably advertised. Most online comic book stores offer these items, but not all market them as noticeably as TFAW. I have to mention, out of all the sites, I personally enjoyed the design of TFAW the most.
I hope this is useful as a starting point for those who are curious about buying comics online, and I hope it makes it clear that there are so many options out there to make sure you can always get your pull list.
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It has one of the best websites in this list, packed full of information about comic books, graphic novels, and manga. You can quickly check for back issues, look at your browsing history, and easily find deals.
Comixology is an Amazon-owned digital platform for comic books, graphic novels, and manga. At more than 750,000 books, it has one of the largest comic book databases featuring large and independent publishers.
The advantage of buying digital comics is their convenience. Comixology is compatible with all major operating systems and reading devices such as Kindle, Fire, Windows, Android, and iOS. You can also use their online viewer, bypassing any need for apps.
The average "find" of western comics is usually in really beaten-up shape, but if you find ones that look almost as new (be really objective about this -- see our article on comic book grading for more info), then it's worth getting in touch.
When a Houston comic book shop sued the hotel next door for negligence, it did so in perhaps the most fitting way possible: with a 13-page graphic novel, officially filed in Harris County District Court last Wednesday.
The comic book also details incidents where hotel guests started fires after throwing lit cigarettes at the store, and depicts a day in March 2019 when guests allegedly threw at least 14 fire extinguishers onto the store, causing irreparable damage.
1st: Gods & Monsters, godmonsters.comNestled in the heart of the I-Drive area, this eclectic comic book and collectibles shop gives locals incentive to venture into the tourist zone. Packed to the gills with funnybooks, graphic novels, toys, statues and gaming supplies, Gods & Monsters has it all ... including an apocalyptic speakeasy, Vault 5421, accessible only from the rear of the store.
Jean David Michel (right, with Megabrain Comics co-owner Brian Tamm) from the beginning wanted to set a tone of inclusion at Megabrain Comics in Rhinebeck, right down to the well-stocked LGBTQ section, as well as the BIPOC and female-protagonist comic books and graphic novels.
Later, when he opened his own comic book shop, creating a space that was welcoming was a priority for Michel. He wanted not just the typical comic book fan to frequent the store, but anyone who might be curious about a storytelling genre in which anyone can be a hero.
When Rhinebeck resident and comic book fan Brian Tamm came on board as co-owner of Megabrain Comics in 2019, the duo moved the shop to a larger space on busy Market Street and expanded the on-site arcade to more than a dozen video games and pinball machines.
The Hail Mary pass was a touchdown: Rhinebeck resident and comic book aficionado Brian Tamm was up for the challenge of becoming co-owner. And with Tamm on board, the duo a year later moved Megabrain into a vacant storefront on Market Street, four times the size of their previous space and with better foot traffic.
"If you were to have asked me 20 years ago if I would still be here, I wouldn't have known what to tell you," O'Leary said. "The landlord was skeptical and he'd only sign me to one year leases initially. He asked me, 'you can pay the bills with a comic book store?'"
Since January 1993, O'Leary, 47, has owned The Comic Book Palace, a mecca for area comic book aficionados and the subject of a 2013 documentary he is hoping will soon become a multi-episode series through New York production company Olive Tree TV, which hopes to stream the series on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Long stereotyped as the domain of geeky kids and socially awkward middle-aged men, the world of comic books has exploded following the release of several blockbuster movies and the success of television programs such as "The Walking Dead", a series which O'Leary said many people are unaware came from a comic.
On a good day, O'Leary said he makes about $1,000 from the sale of sports cards and fantasy trading card games, and $500 from the sale of comic books. When he opened the store in 1993 though, it was a risk worth taking.
Over the two decades he has owned the shop, O'Leary has spread his love of Spider-Man, Daredevil and many other beloved characters to two generations of area comic book fans who have grown up in his store.
"It's a pleasure," said Cameron, a fan of Disney comics, while Melito's nephew Kolby Dezan, 14, of Salem, N.H., said he prefers books by Marvel over those published by rival DC Comics, which counts Batman and Superman in its roster.
For young teenagers like Kolby, the allure of comic books is coming back, thanks largely to big-screen adaptations of titles such as Marvel's "The Avengers", "Ironman" and "Captain America", which have grossed billions of dollars worldwide.
"A lot of people, they want to feel the book, the paper and pages," O'Leary said, reminiscing on the first comic books he purchased at a variety store in Lafayette Square in the early 1980's. "If you're reading online, it's just not the same. There's an experience to this and we're all in the same thing."
Over time, the staff has gotten to know the customers too, and often make recommendations about books they might want to read. John Saris, a longtime customer who has been reading comics since the 1960s, collects mainstream comics such as Batman, but also books featuring Warner Brothers characters and harder-to-find Dell Comics magazines from the pulp era.
I clearly needed to find out what the experts thought. When I first entered Fantom Comics, here in Washington, D.C., I felt shy and out of place. I was expecting to be called out for the fraud I was. I didn't even know what a serial comic book looks like. But 27-year-old Esther Kim, the manager, can't wait to tell me all about the female Thor.
I'm not the only one who's come into Fantom with an outdated view of comic books. Zephi says that she's heard mothers say to their daughters,"No, no honey, that's for your brother" when they've asked to buy comics. "And we have to come up with a diplomatic way to say, 'No, comics are for everyone,' " says Esther.
Decked out with life-sized superheroes and an AT-AT that completely fills the room, the store specializes in high-end comic books that you can't find anywhere else. There's even a "Bank of Gotham" vault that holds comics worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Dolmayan believes that fans love the look and feel of an actual comic book, as opposed to digital books that are viewed on a computer screen. Moreover, collectors seldom buy digital books because they can be easily replicated, and thus won't increase in value over time.
"When it comes to something like a real comic book, it's produced once and that's it," said Dolmayan, pointing to one of his more valuable books. "If you wanted that copy of Fantastic Four #3, you had to buy it either when it came out, or in the market afterward for a premium."
The couple bring a combination of skills to their venture. Kevin is a lifelong comic book collector and enthusiast, and Pam, with a background in finance and information technology, will run the business end of things.
Beyond the Hollywood effect, Kevin sees a bit of psychology at work in explaining the enduring appeal of superheroes among comic book fans, especially the ones who stay loyal and never tire of the excitement to plunge into a book.
The new comic book and collectibles shop on the corner of Newburgh and Five Mile roads in Livonia isn't packed with boxes of comics shoppers need to dig through, it's full of high-quality collectibles and the owner, Livonia resident Fergel Amayo, is an expert on everything in the store.
Gotham Night is full of items that, according to Amayo, comic fans won't be able to find anywhere else. The owner works with small suppliers and offers an array of signed material, new books, unique t-shirts, vintage books, art, action figures and more. The shops also hosts free drive-in "movies that don't suck" in its parking lot on Saturday nights. 781b155fdc