Friday, July 9, 2010

Where to Get Comics

So maybe you've found a comic book, graphic novel, or manga series you'd like to read. Or maybe you'd like to surround yourself with comics and browse around. But where to go? Thankfully, there are plenty of options for comics shopping these days.

Comic Book Stores
If you live in or near a big city, chances are you're just a short drive away from a comic book store. The site ComicShopLocator.com can show you the stores closest to your ZIP code. Smaller shops tend to have a more limited selection, often focusing on superhero, sci-fi, and horror comics.




Independent Bookstores
Most cities also have an independent bookstore or two, which can be found with IndieBound's Indie Store Finder. Small bookstores tend to focus on independent and literary graphic novels.

Bookstore Chains
Large bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble, as well as mall bookstores, tend to have a large selection of comics, mostly focusing on manga.

Libraries
Many libraries have added graphic novels and manga to their collections in the past few years. If a title you want isn't available in your area, ask a librarian about interlibrary loans, which may allow you to borrow the book from another location or even another library system.

Online Bookstores
If you can't find what you're looking for anywhere else, an online bookstore is probably your best bet. What they lack in atmosphere, they make up for plenty with their nearly endless selection. Here are some popular online booksellers:

IndieBound
Powell's
Borders
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

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