By: Robert Johnson Jr.
Over the many weeks of this columns existence, I have written about comics and comic book-oriented TV shows, but I’ve never explicitly told you how to get these magical bundles of paper.
Sure, at the end of my reviews, I tell readers where to get the featured comic, with me oftentimes leading you to Amazon’s Comixology service or “your local comic book store.”
Suffice to say, the time has come to make myself a little more useful with this column.
To begin, I need to mention basic comic book and graphic novel-selling traditions to get you all up to speed.
Comic books and graphic novels always come out on Wednesdays, unless stated otherwise by the publisher or the writer/artist team – a day most people, especially on social media, call “NCBD,” or “New Comic Book Day.”
This is a day where you go to a comic book store and pick up that comic you’ve been eyeing since December’s solicitations from DC Comics.
Now, solicitations is undeniably a long word that not too many people would not associate with comics, but in the industry, it’s basically a monthly release timeline scouting out upcoming releases for two-to-three months in advance or more.
Now that you’re caught up with the lingo and norms of the industry, I will start with the MetroWest area’s comic book store offerings. There are three big places, all of them located along Rt. 9 – Bedrock Comics, Newbury Comics, and The Hall of Comics.
They all have an almost endless assortment of new comics, but some places have an edge over others.
Let’s start with the most popular one, or, at least the one that’s best known by the student body: Newbury Comics.
This is one of the easiest places to get comics. They have a great archive of newer comics, as well as a consistent upkeep of new comic books every Wednesday. So, if you really want something, they probably have it.
Bedrock Comics and The Hall of Comics have that same variety, but they also have comics from the Golden to the Bronze Age of Comics and beyond. Bedrock is like a mini-Newbury Comics, in a way, for they also sell trading cards, but The Hall is just pure comic books and graphic novels.
“OK, Robbie, but I’m an introvert/I want to save gas money/I want to stay in bed and read things on my tablet.”
Fret not, dear reader – there are simple solutions to these complex life problems.
If you’re like my dad and you like to be conservative with your trips to the gas station, the internet can be your best friend. Allow me to suggest Midtown Comics in New York and digital comic storefronts.
Midtown Comics might have three locations in New York – but they don’t call themselves “The Best Online Comic Book Shop” for nothing. You can order physical comics from all eras from Midtown, and it will send it to you fast. The shipping fees are also quite fair.
Comixology might be owned by that sketchy fellow at Amazon, but that one might be the best service for your digital comic book needs. There are few alternatives, but comic book publishers such as Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse have their own storefronts you can access.
And, remember, there are always webcomics – most are free.
No matter how you decide to get comics, make sure you find a way that is comfortable for you.