4 comic book stores near BART

There’s nothing quite like the rawness of ink-on-paper storytelling that silently lights up comic book pages, no matter how many X-Men films hit the big screen and Wolverine incarnations come clawing at you via Hugh Jackman. Fueled more with enthralling imagery than verbose content, these pop art sources of superheros to social commentary masked in creativity bring to life abstract worlds while defying the world of Wi-Fi: they preserve that old school practice of turning pages.

Need a healthy escape? Flip through an endless selection of multi-colored scenes and adventures at any of these BARTable comic book stores. You’ll feel like a kid when you pick up a comic and put down reality to scour through heroes, villains, the supernatural and sci-fi.

Fantastic Comics

Berkeley’s go-to for comics and graphic novels, Fantastic Comics not only has a vast and organized array of publications, it’s known for supporting the works of local artists and hosting author and artist events for the community. 

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Fantastic Comics

Downtown Berkeley
Mission: Comics & Art

It’s well-lit, laidback and loungey: Peruse the shelves of comics or the gallery of art at the aptly named Mission: Comics & Art. 

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Mission: Comics & Art

16th St. Mission (SF)
Cape & Cowl Comics

Housed in a building whose vintage look and black exterior make it befitting Gotham City itself, Cape & Cowl Comics draws graphic novel enthusiasts to Downtown Oakland.

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Cape & Cowl Comics

12th St. Oakland City Center
Stand-Up Comics

Forgoing flashy decor or displays, El Cerrito’s no-frills hub for comics doles out the goods with faith in its reputable content rather than any fanfare. 

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Stand-Up Comics

El Cerrito Plaza

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