If you are me, you need to put your laundry in the washing machine, and are also deeply in love with almost every comic store you come across. Also sometimes you are disappointed in them. That’s okay, they are as diverse and important to the community as any other store. Support them if you can.
If you are like me, you want somewhere to sit. Often the floor as you read the spine of every trade, and gaze on beautiful variant floppy covers (carpet is thus preferred but not needed.)
You might want some merch, you might want to widest variety of issues possible, you might even have a mighty need for a section for your children (or minions) to have free roam.
If you are directly me, though. There is one thing that ends up taking precedence, which is atmosphere
As a feminine presenting person, I’ve been told horror stories about comic stores, and feel uncomfortable with places with dark corners and people who judge my choices.
As an anxious person I need somewhere where they’ll understand my squeaking and be patient with me.
As a trans person I need stores that will be accepting of my identity, and I feel will keep me safe if anybody questions me.
I want a place where people of colour are invited and represented, where children are catered for and invited in (when supervised) and I want to be able to talk to the people who work there without feeling inadequate.
Fortunately for me, there’s more than one such store within travelling distance. For me, the hour and a half I travel to get to it is well worth it, it’s safe and glorious and my favourite happens to be Eisner Award Winning. (It’s All Star Comics, if you’re keeping track at home.)
Finding a store that suits your needs is important. I had a few false starts, and have now found my home at this store. Shopping online, and reading digitally are just as valid and enjoyable. If you have the chance though, shop around and see what’s available. You might be pleasantly surprised! You might even fall in love as I have! Good luck!