A few decades ago, comic books were seen as nerdy and somewhat underground. Now, the biggest movies in the world are based on comic books. There are hundreds of characters and stories for you to root for and despise. Whether you are an avid collector or are just starting to read comic books, these D.C. stores are where you want to go.
Alliance Comics
8317 Fenton St.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-2546

Considering itself “Maryland’s Coolest Comic Book Emporium” Alliance Comics is a small comic book shop in the middle of downtown Silver Spring. The store carries everything from graphic novels and toys to clothes and, of course, comic books. A few blocks from the Silver Spring Metro station, it is convenient for anyone coming from around the district. But when there are new in-demand comics coming out, you’ll want to get there fast or reserve them.

Third Eye Comics
2027 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

People have flown across the country, and to other countries, to see their favorite performers, to go to festivals and to go to conventions. So a short trip to Annapolis isn’t really that far if you think about it. Third Eye Comics may be a little outside of the district, but for many comic book fans, it’s worth it. With graphic novels, toys, games, signings, release parties and other special events, this comic book store does it all. It’s not just the selection of comics the store carries that makes customers come back, it’s also the knowledge and genuine love displayed by the staff.

Big Planet Comics
1520 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 342-1961

The U Street neighborhood is known for the nightlife; with restaurants, bars, clubs, weekends are always packed with people. One of the places you might overlook when visiting the neighborhood is a comic book store. Big Planet Comics was founded and is run by people who have been reading comics for the majority of their lives. That’s why the shop is one of the best in the area. Big Planet Comics has online services and a podcast. The store also hosts events, offers subscription services and even publishes its own comics. Stop by and let the staff recommend a few comics for you.

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Victory Comics
586 S Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-9393

Comics and gaming don’t always go hand and hand, but they do at Victory Comics. Gamers and comic book lovers can find comics and games of all varieties. Comic book collectors will appreciate the new comics as well as the back issues the shop offers. If the store doesn’t have what you are looking for in store, the staff will search for it for you. And if you want to do the opposite, you can also sell pieces from your collection. Check out the shop in person, or catch it at any one of the comic book conventions it is featured in.

Fantom Comics
2010 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 241-6498

A little over 10 years ago, Fantom Comics opened its doors. This comic book shop is more than just a bookstore, it is a place for everyone to be themselves. After a few moves, the store is now at it’s Dupont Circle location, known for being LGBTQA friendly. While it’s not specifically a LGBTQ comic book shop, Fantom Comics has participated in Pride events and has hosted a Queer Book Club. On top of that, the store has weekly events with varying themes and topics. As everyone is welcome, you’ll find people devoted to every fandom.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.