BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP - 2006
Big Brain's Comics
Dreamhaven has the most stuff (including a world-class selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books), while Nostalgia Zone offers vintage comics galore. But Big Brain's bright, cheery ambience and cultural relevance would have it in the catbird seat, even if the place's intelligent layout weren't so apparent. The temple of graphically enhanced narrative's resident proprietor, Michael Drivas, simply has the kind of mind given to organizing and displaying product—including a comprehensive array of indie and DIY titles—in a manner conducive to effortless browsing. Plus, either he or one of his friendly, knowledgeable staffers is always close at hand and downright eager to assist even the most alphabetically challenged soul. Inventory maintenance is impeccable, too. Walk in seeking a complete run of Watchmen or The Invisibles and you'll leave with a full bag and a song in your heart. In addition to its full-spectrum comic selection, Big Brain offers toys, watches, magazines, compact discs, and non-comic art books, as well as an intriguing text-only section. The clincher? You won't find a cleaner comic shop anywhere; most of the customers' belly buttons harbor more dust.