America’s 10 Greatest Comic and Graphic Novel Stores

The Laughing Ogre – Columbus, OH

A friend who knows about such things clued us in to The Laughing Ogre (which also has two Virginia locations), and he explained his love for the shop this way: While stores in bigger cities (say, for reasons of limited space or quick turnover) don’t keep a whole lot of obscure back stock on hand, a place like this, in a city like Columbus, feels little pressure to clear out its old merchandise — which means it’s got a whole lot of random, weird, wonderful stuff that’s hard to find elsewhere. Customers praise the shop’s cleanliness and organization, the friendly employees, and the breadth of the stock, from new issues of mainstream series to handmade comics by local artists.

Honorable mention: House of Secrets – Burbank, CA, St. Marks Comics – New York, NY, Meltdown – Los Angeles, CA, Desert Island – Brooklyn, NY, Heroes Your Mom Threw Out – Elmira, NY, Crescent City Comics – New Orleans, LA