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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

San Francisco's Top 8 Comic Book Stores

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Green Apple Books
  • Green Apple Books

4. Green Apple Books
506 Clement (at Sixth Ave.)

A full-service bookstore that goes out of its way to spotlight comics, Green Apple offers a very large selection of graphic novels. Although it doesn't carry new individual issues, there is a shelf of indie and self-published comics. A large, over-stuffed space, Green Apple has a somewhat ramshackle atmosphere. You never know what you'll find, although the graphic fiction section is robust and inclusive.

Mission: Comics & Art
  • Mission: Comics & Art

3. Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. (at San Carlos)

A comfortable layout and great breadth in terms of selection make this Mission shop stand out -- not to mention the gallery in the rear that features a regular rotation of comic-inspired art. The bright, well-appointed store has plenty of places to sit (not every comics shop necessarily encourages on-site reading). The diverse selection of new releases on the display table up front announces the store's intention to celebrate the medium in its many variations.

Comix Experience
  • Comix Experience

2. Comix Experience
305 Divisadero (at Page)

The oldest, and one of the most lauded, comics stores in the city is a multiple-nominee for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Awards. Proprietor Brian Hibbs is highly regarded in the industry not only for being a comics advocate, but for stocking his store with a very broad selection of work from across the medium. You'll find mainstream, independents, and underground work well-represented here. It's a well-organized, spacious, and clean shop that hosts signings and special events on a regular basis.

  • Isotope

1. Isotope
326 Fell (at Gough)

Winner of an SF Weekly Best Of award this year, Isotope styles itself "the Comic Book Lounge," and that's appropriate given the bright, Pop Art decor and its penchant for hosting after-hours events (with cocktails). Owner James Sime is friendly and flamboyant in all the right ways; he and his stylish staff have turned Isotope into a place to be, not just a place to shop. The walls are lined with original artwork. It's a comfortable shop that welcomes you to read for a while or engage in a friendly debate with the effusive staff about the newest canon-shattering change in the DC universe.

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