Floating World – Portland, OR
In a small city with a relatively large number of comic stores, Floating World stands out for the sharp, cool aesthetic of its owner, Jason Leivian, who says he wants the place to have the feel of a record store. He caters to both your standard comic dudes, curating the best of the Marvel and DC stables, and indie types, as small publishers appear to be Leivian’s own personal favorites. The store also stocks art and design books and hosts exhibitions. And their website is beautiful. Leivian’s spirit is DIY through and through. As he told one interviewer, “We do zines, consignment and I never turn down anything.” For real, though we are based in New York, which has some of the best comic stores in the country, this one makes us jealous.