Free Comic Book Day brings a bonus 'Avengers' story at these top comic stores in Portland

Free Comic Book Day brings a bonus 'Avengers' story at these top comic stores in Portland
Books With Pictures. | Photo: Sally C. / Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 03, 2019.

Box office and pop cultural juggernaut "Avengers: Endgame" has already smashed multiple records in its meteoric opening week — and now its second weekend will coincide with Saturday's annual Free Comic Book Day. One of the 51 comic books available completely free of charge this year is an "Avengers" story that sets up the current run of the superhero team.

But there are also plenty of comics from smaller publishers and properties, such as Noelle Stevenson's award-winning "Lumberjanes"; a comic tie-in to the hit cartoon "Bob's Burgers"; and yes, a Star Wars comic: this year, Free Comic Book Day also happens to fall on May the 4th.

With all this in mind, Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top comic book shops in Portland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to spend this year's Free Comic Book Day.

1. Books With Pictures

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Topping the list is Books with Pictures. Located at 1100 S.E. Division St., Suite 103, in Hosford-Abernethy, the bookstore, which offers comic books and more, is the highest rated comic book spot in Portland, boasting five stars out of 26 reviews on Yelp.

The shop, established in 2016, has a curated selection of comic books featuring diverse characters. Stop in to find stories about kids, women, people of color, queer folks and people with disabilities at this store owned by Katie Proctor.

2. Floating World Comics

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Next up is Old Town-Chinatown's Floating World Comics, situated at 400 N.W. Couch St. With 4.5 stars out of 72 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score comic books has proven to be a local favorite.

The store, which opened in 2006, sells new comics, local work and subscription boxes. Floating World Comics also has art books and international titles in stock.

3. Cosmic Monkey Comics

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Rose City Park's Cosmic Monkey Comics, located at 5335 N.E. Sandy Blvd., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the comic book shop 4.5 stars out of 67 reviews.

Established in 2003, Cosmic Monkey Comics features comics for all ages, as well as comic strip reprints, art books and categories like horror, war, European titles and Spanish graphic novels.

4. Bridge City Comics

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Bridge City Comics, a spot to score comic books and more in Boise, is another go-to, with four stars out of 46 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3725 N. Mississippi Ave. to see for yourself.

Graphic novels, apparel, collecting supplies and comics by local creators are all available at Bridge City Comics. The shop also has an online store.

5. Excalibur Comics

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And then there's Excalibur Comics, a Hosford-Abernethy favorite with four stars out of 65 reviews. Stop by 2444 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. to hit up the shop the next time you're on the hunt for new and rare comics. 

You can also trade comics at the store, which has been open since 1974.

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