You can also google shop the book.
I don’t buy any new comic books, I do all my reading through subscriptions like DC Universe, Marvel Unlimited, Weekly Shonen Jump, etc…
I think comic companies hate people like me lol.
Same. Except the only thing marvel I’ve read ever is marvel Zombies (it’s great, I’m on the 4th one) and I might keep it at that.
Why? You don’t like Marvel?
@AnonymousHQ’s marvel life:
Marvel: too many big words.
DC: Batman just punched a dude!
And I haven’t been back to marvel since…
(I’m just playin)
(I’ve only been reading comics for about a year now, so the main reason is I haven’t read anything Marvel that i in particularly liked.)
The past few years I’ve been doing this Marvel challenge where you read everything from the beginning in order. There’s a nice list out there that has EVERYTHING, all the crossovers, standalone series, literally everything from Marvel, in chronological order, and almost all of it’s on Marvel Unlimited. I’m currently in the late 70s, right at the rebirth/height of the X-Men. It’s cool experiencing all these big moments that older comic fans always look fondly back on.
Marvel’s different than DC because, for the most part, there aren’t really any “Crises” that reset the timeline like DC does, which means continuity from decades and decades ago is sometimes still relevant to characters’ lives.
I’ve used Things From Another World for years. They have unquestionably solid shipping practices and their site makes pull lists super easy. You also don’t have to subscribe, which I also like.
I use dcbservice.com. They have fantastic prices on new stuff and good customer service.
When I moved to my current city I went to the only store in 50 miles. The local shop wouldn’t order anything, even when I offered to pay in advance, so I had to look for an alternative. Recently I found out that Diamond had cut them off (before all this CV19 stuff) so they don’t even get any new comics.
The only shop I have access to is also more collectible/cards-focused. They get new titles, but they often sell out so fast that I miss out (I don’t buy often enough to be put on their subscription list).
I’ve also used dcb. Another one I’ll turn to is https://www.midtowncomics.com/. I’ve had occassional issues with delayed orders, but their customer service/chat is always A+.
In college, I would buy a crap-ton at Harrisons because the closest shop near my hometown was 10 minutes away. But usually I would wait for a trade or recently read it here on DC Universe. I’m catching up for Death Metal because I loved seeing Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder back in the day. So basically if it’s Greg Capullo, I buy it (online).
There is a collectibles show that is open three times a week near me that I go to for comics. They have a couple booths of people who sell the new comics and a bunch who sell older comics. Though, with everything being closed down right now I started ordering from a nearby shop that I found online.
I usually just get trades but I will occasionally get good single issues as they come out because I don’t want to wait for the trades.
There is a thread on here that lists a ton of local comic shops and if they are doing delivery or pick up right now. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it. I was able to find a shop near me off of a similar list. UPDATE! 🏬 Put Your Favorite Local Comic Spot On the Map! 🏬
When I was in my early to mid-teens I didn’t have a dedicated Comic shop so I had to get all my stuff from the News Stand. It was actually a full walk in store and not just a shack on the corner. But It was the main place I had for getting the current releases.
When I was in my Junior year of High school my family moved to Long Island and I just about died and went to heaven because there was finally a dedicated comic shop within five miles of my house (an easy walk on a Saturday with the right tapes in my walkman!)
Now I can drive as far as I need to but with all the comic shops being closed during the current crisis, I really can only buy digitally.
Not sure if you’ve check out Mile High Comics yet, but they have a pretty huge selection.
There’s also instocktrades. I’ve used abebooks before.
Some book stores carry comics. I usually investigate my local bookstore and they will order ones I am looking for if they dont have it.
Online of course there are more options to go with so it depends on how you want to go about it really.
I try to go through the bookstore since we dont have a local comic book store (they all went out of business or moved to cheaper area to rent ) so it depends what you can utilize locally. I can find Dark Horse comics more easily since I live in Oregon but it is hit and miss with DC and Marvel comics. Also indie comics I usually just go through the comic’s website since that is the easiest way to find their stuff.
If you just want to be able to read new comics as they come out, you can go digital. ComiXology has subscription options for all ongoing series on the site, and they have most new trades and OGNs the day they come out. If you don’t mind waiting for the trade of a series you’re following, you don’t have a lot of disposable income, and you do have a library card, you could use Hoopla. If you want your comics physically or just want to support comic stores in general, you can use eBay. Lots of comic stores have profiles where they sell new issues, back issues, and TPBs. There’s also DCBS, which ships you all the new issues from your subscriptions on the site at the end of the month. If you don’t mind reading your books a little late, that’s a valid and relatively inexpensive option. Hope this was of some help!
I also don’t have a comics store in my town. As such almost all my comic reading is done digitally but when i want something physical to read, i hit up my local library and see what they have to choose from.
I think I mentioned in another thread that I typically use mycomicshop.com, but I do sometimes use midtowncomics.com. Before I moved, the nearest comic shop was over a half hour’s drive away, so I used to buy online a lot.
Short answer, DCU. Sure they are a little out of date but compared to what I had before they are practically modern!
Okay so I don’t have a store near me either, before DCU I would read comics as I found them at used book stores, general stores (rarely), and other small places. Now that superheroes are popular (never thought I’d see the day) you can find them at just about any store that sells books in volumes (not single issues). You might try local libraries too. If you have the money you can order them online. I also had some friends that would give me old issues after they were done with them or “aged out” (they were crazy to get rid of those things). I have never been “up-to-date” on comics because of these methods and I could rarely access full series but I don’t mind.
Summary: find a bookstore/ library, order them online, or get DCU.