If your kids are just getting into comics and you’re wondering whether to introduce them to Batman or Adventure Time, The Comic Bug just landed in West LA to save the day. The beloved Manhattan Beach store celebrated it’s 10th anniversary by opening a second store in Culver City this October. Comic books have never been hotter, and they’re just the right starting place for little or reluctant readers. So fly over with your little super hero to get their crime-fighting collection started.
Culver City residents will remember this location as Comics Ink, which served West LA for over 20 years. The Comic Bug took over the spot this month, and will continue to spread the love of comics with even more entertaining family events like special artist signings, appearances by costumed superheroes and food truck nights. They also take part in the annual Free Comic Book Day (it’s not till May – you’ve got time!) when kids can come and pick up comics from a number of different publishers, all for free.
Send Out the Bat-Signal
The location is a little small which makes for a tight squeeze when crowded (leave strollers outside, if you’re bringing baby with you) but welcoming owners Jun Goeku and Mike Wellman will guide you to find a comic that is just the right fit for your interests. Love Marvel movies? They’ll recommend a companion story for you. Is your little sidekick into classic superheroes? They’ll find a back issue to get you started. The kid’s section offers classics like DC’s Tiny Titans, Peanuts and Star Wars, as well as television-related titles like KaBoom’s Adventure Time and Amazing World of Gumball. Tween readers can even find trades of the award-winning Jeff Smith comic, Bone.
Meanwhile, In Metropolis
Located on Overland and Braddock, parking is a breeze with a private lot and ample street parking. Should your little boy or girl wonders get hungry during a day of crime fighting and comics shopping, Tub’s Fine Chili is right next door offering kid’s meals for under $4.
The Comic Bug is a great starting place for kids and families just getting into comics. Knowledgeable and helpful staff makes sure you’ll get all your questions answered on age-appropriate books and hottest new comics releases, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
Be sure to stay tuned, super friends, as there’s a grand opening party coming in November!
The Comic Bug – West LA
4267 Overland Ave.
Phone: (310) 204-3240
-Written and photos by Jenn Fujikawa
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