Best Comic Book Store - 2012
Like record stores and book shops, comic book stores have an unfortunate (and slightly overblown) reputation for being elitist and intimidating. Yet the best of these stores function not only as retail businesses, but as valuable, welcoming gathering spots. Star Clipper certainly falls into that latter category. Its selection of comics and graphic novels is as deep and diverse as you'd want, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Its selection of toys and pop-cultural ephemera ranges from Sanrio to anime. There are monthly events featuring area artists and release parties for major new issues. Long live print!