Until recently, I had never read a comic book. To be honest, I’m not sure how my boys discovered them, but the little one, in particular, is a nut for all things super hero, and he loves looking at comic books even though he can’t read them yet.
We decided to check out a few graphic novel outlets last week (graphic novel is the new, fancy way to talk about comic books).
We went to Comic Evolution, which is right in downtown Puyallup. It’s a cozy shop, and we got a friendly greeting as soon as we walked in. Like most comic books stores, it features both collectible toys and rows and rows of new and collectible comics. In the back are some tables and chairs for reading.
At the advice of my friend Beth, mom of a family of serous comic afficianados, we also checked out Comic Book Ink in Lakewood. If you’ve been here before, note that they have moved from their old shop in Tacoma. When we went in the felllow behind the counter gave us an enthusiastic hello and then went back to an animated discussion with another customer about the merits of different villains…..why Would the Green Lantern use his powers to knock over a bank for a lousy ten grand?
This place has that rubbery, black stuff for flooring and is quite large. We felt a little more comfortable browing here, maybe because the overall vibe felt sort of like a teenager’s bedroom (minus the sweaty smell). Like Comic Evolution, there were tables for reading, and collectible toys for sale, along with every other kind of comic or book about comics one could imagine. The colorful comic art gave the whole place a cool, Andy Warhol look.
If you decide to make an afternoon of comic browsing, just keep in mind that most of the customers in these shops are collectors, rather than kids. Because there isn’t a lot for little ones to safely pick up and examine, I’d leave anyone under 5 0r 6 at home with dad or grandma. Also, keep in mind that current comics will set you back just a few bucks, but older ones will quickly get into “Pow! Zoom!” territory. Do ask for advice. Comic book sellers Love their work, and they would love to talk comics with you or your youngsters. There are also lots of comics intended for Adult readers, and they can help you steer clear of these.
I found this list of other comic stores that we’re looking forward to checking out. If you know a great one, let me know!