Quimby’s – Chicago, IL
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While some argue over whether Quimby’s is a legitimate comic shop or merely a bookstore that sells a lot of comics, we prefer to avoid the semantics debate in favor of celebrating this awesome spot. Since 1991, it’s been a clubhouse for local notable artists — and yes, those signs whose style looks so familiar were painted by the one and only Chris Ware. Along with stocking a wide range of comics, books (there’s a section known simply as “Mayhem”), zines stationary supplies, and even an adult section, Quimby’s hosts readings and a monthly Works in Progress meet-up.