It’s summertime in the Emerald City, and sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to step into your favorite comic book store to peruse all the new offerings. Or, perhaps you need to find something new to keep your attention while sunbathing at the beach or hanging out at the dog park. There are several comic book stores in the Seattle area, each one unique as the next in terms of what they carry or events they hold for patrons. If you’re into graphic novels or comic books and also enjoy role-playing or board games and collectible items, these stores should be on your “must visit” list this summer.
Golden Age Collectables
1501 Pike Place, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-9799

The Pike Place Market houses an eclectic mix of vendors, so it’s no surprise that Golden Age Collectables calls The Market home. In business since 1971, this comic store carries numerous comics to keep you busy reading from all the usual like DC and Marvel. In addition, there is also a plethora of other collectable items to tickle your fancy, so it’s definitely worth a visit. With new comics arriving weekly, visitors will want to be sure to join the weekly e-mail list to keep up-to-date on new arrivals so they don’t miss a thing!

Phoenix Comics & Games
113 Broadway Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 328-4554

Venture to Capitol Hill in Seattle and you’ll find Phoenix Comics & Games, which isn’t just a place to find good comic books, but a gathering place for those that enjoy role-playing and board games. Visitors also have a chance of meeting artists and writers that drop in. If you can’t make it to the store, you can purchase some items online, including some signed mementos. Phoenix also offers digital comics for those who prefer to read them on-the-go on an electronic device. Among the digital comic options are more than 100 free titles including Marvel Avengers and Captain America.

Fantasium Comics & Games
1500 S. 336th St., Suite 12
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 874-3084

Fantasium is a cool little store where you can find a plethora of interesting reading material. Mature comics and graphic novels such as Preacher and Buffy The Vampire Slayer are among the options available. The store also features several bins housing back issues of comics such as The Hulk, Transformers, and GI Joe all for 50 percent off! This store also has some room for those wishing to relax and read their newly-purchased material or to play purchased games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens.

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Atomic Comics
4020 S. Steele St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 472-1908

When you walk into this quaint store located right by the Tacoma Mall, you’re greeted with a lot of choice packed into a small space. Popular comics such as Deadpool and The Flash are available, as well as graphic novels like Orphan Black and The Walking Dead. You won’t just find comics here, either. This store also sells some cool collectibles like the original Ghostbusters action figures.

The Dreaming Comics And Games
5226 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-9394

Up in the University District of Seattle, The Dreaming is a great place to stop into and peruse the options. You’ll find a lot of different items here in addition to comics and graphic novels, including roleplaying games, collectible card games, and board games. Visitors can take a load off and flip through their favorite comic at one of the many tables conveniently set up in the middle of the store. The Dreaming also offers regular events centered around role-playing and board games.

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Megan B. March lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and daughter and is a published author of adult fiction. She also writes articles about career management in Tacoma for Prior to changing careers to become a full-time Writer, she spent more than 10 years in the Human Resources (HR) field.