Comic Relief – Berkeley, CA
This Berkeley staple bills itself as “the comic bookstore,” and we can see why. It’s got a huge, apparently well-organized selection of collectible issues. But Comic Relief isn’t just for nerds, as book (that is, trade paperback and graphic novel) sales make up over half of its business. Consequently, the store, which has been around since 1987, caters to a diverse clientele, and has earned many shout outs for the depth of its workers’ knowledge and the quality of their customer service.