Comic Sans Condescension

by Emily Kovach

Entering a comic book shop can feel intimidating. Will you encounter a peevish clerk, à la the Comic Book Guy on “The Simpsons,” already and always disappointed by your plebeian lack of knowledge on the finer points of the X-Men universe? Or will it be a male-dominated space, dismissive or unwelcoming to your search for “Love and Rockets: New Stories Vol. 7”? Or, you may think that comics are outside the realm of what you might want to read for pleasure. 

There are comics and graphic novels to suit nearly every interest or literary passion, and most well-stocked comic shops also carry toys, collectibles and magazines. Philly is lucky to host a number of scorn-free, independent comic book stores where all—ranking from zero to 100 on the geek scale—are welcome.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave.

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt
2006 Sansom St.

Brave New Worlds
55 N. 2nd St.

Atomic City Comics
638 South St.