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Comic Book Stores And Sexism

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thanks copperbadge, I’m just behind and sad. I’m trying to pick up my last pull list because me local shop just shut down. Trying to find a new place because I don’t want to go back to the last place. Sexism should not be a part of comic shopping

That sucks :( I don’t know how wedded you are to paper comics, but ComiXology is the go-to place for digital, so I’ve heard. Might be a good stop-gap until you can find a new shop.

As you’re aware, sexism is unfortunately often a part of the experience for female comics fans, as much as we wish it weren’t and as much as people are working hard to change that. In my post about how to start reading comics I almost put a caveat about not going to comic book stores on Wednesday afternoon, because that is when I think it’s at its worst, but that seemed a little bit “don’t walk alone if you don’t want to be assaulted” and that’s not the message I want to convey. (The message is: MEN, STOP BEING DIPSHITS ABOUT COMICS, IT IS NOT YOUR PRIVATE NO GIRLS ALLOWED CLUB.)

If you’re comfortable, leave a comment letting me know what city you live in, and I’ll reblog it and we’ll see if we can’t find someone to recommend a shop where you can get your weekly dose of comics without a weekly dose of misogyny.

In the meantime, everyone, feel free to comment or reblog with recommendations for shops in your area where you’ve had positive experiences as female comic fans. I’ll aggregate the comments into a post at some point over the weekend.

I am not a female comics fans, but for my part in Chicago I’d like to recommend Chicago Comics on the north side and First Aid Comics on the south side. I can’t guarantee anything, but I’ve shopped at both places with female companions and haven’t seen them treated badly or had them complain to me later about the service at either place. (Chicago Comics is my regular shop, it’s bigger and has better selection.)

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  10. laughingacademy said: NYC: I’ve been going to Forbidden Planet on Broadway (a couple of blocks south of Union Square) for years, and the staff is unfailingly friendly and helpful.
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