he first time I ever went into a comic book store was on Free Comic Book Day. It was crowded and I kept knocking over superhero figurines every time I turned a corner. There were little kids in costumes, and older men flipping through comic books in milk crates. They all seemed very confident and it was intimidating. At that time I didn’t even know the difference between Marvel and DC. I was a novice, but I’d read a few graphic novels, loved movies like The Dark Knight and Spider-Man, so I decided to persevere. I ended up buying a Hilda comic, because it felt less intimidating. Hilda quickly became one of my favorite comics.
My nearest comic book store is an hour’s drive from my house. I try to take my niece to Free Comic Book Day, but I missed it this year. Buying comics from an actual brick and mortar store is not an option for me. It’s not an option for most people (find your nearest comic book store here). So how do you get your hands on comic books if you don’t live near a comic book store?
NON-SUPERHERO COMICS, AKA WHAT I READ
Outside of Marvel and DC, some of the best comic book publishers are: Image, Dark Horse, Vertigo (owned by DC), Valiant, Archie Comics, Dynamite, IDW, Fantagraphics, Oni Press, Drawn & Quarterly, and BOOM! Studios. These publishers range from superhero-friendly to not-a-superhero-in-sight. Many are independent publishers, and some of these titles were never released in single issues (which technically makes them graphic novels (?), but let’s not quibble).
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanawalt
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal