I had a follower ask this on Twitter and I thought why not make a post about it. I know it might seem like a silly question but really, it’s not. We don’t all live in big cities. Some of us are new to comics and don’t know where to turn. Maybe this will help you out.
This is the obvious answer of course. The easiest way to find a shop nearby is to use Google and search. You might find a few options, you might only find one. No matter how many options pop up, be sure to check them all out. You might find you like the atmosphere of one store better than another. Maybe employees are more helpful at the one that’s an extra 10 minutes away. Just because a store is close to you, doesn’t mean it’s your only option. There are a few comic shops in my area but after doing some research, I found one that works for me. If you have friends that are into comics, ask them for some advice! If you don’t have friends that are into comics, jump online and ask your Twitter followers or your Tumblr friends.
That’s right, believe it or not you can purchase comics at these things. Granted, it’s easier to purchase comics at a smaller conventions than San Diego Comic Con. In most cases you’ll even find some deals. My friends husband walked out of C2E2 with a long box of comics for a steal. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to jump into your new hobby.
Another option is buying your comics digitally. You don’t need to worry about finding a shop and it’ll save you space. Not everyone has room for hundreds of comics. Comixology is one way to buy and read comics online. They even offer some free comics and will often have sales and specials. Marvel has a digital shop as well and you can read your comics on your Apple or Android device. I believe you can read and purchase comics on the Nook and Kindle as well, but I’m not 100% on that.
I bought my first trades online via Amazon. I didn’t have a shop yet and to be honest, the price was right. I went on a Hawkeye buying frenzy and picked up $50 worth of books that probably would’ve cost more than that in store. Plus I was able to land free shipping. Of course Amazon isn’t your only online option. Some of the larger comic shops offer online shopping. Midtown Comics based in NYC offers online services as does Things From Another World. I’ve actually purchased Buffy comics from them in the past.
Barnes & Noble:
They sell a fair amount of collections and trades and even sell select single issues. You’ll find the single issues on the magazine stand. I was in there over the weekend and they had titles like Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Avengers, Batman and others. I’m not sure if it varies by store or what, but it’s just another option.
Hopefully this will help you in your journey! If you have any advice or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! Happy shopping!