Bridge City has the comics zone covered: local authors, independent publishers, classics, kid-friendly, how-tos, used and new. The staff, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, can suss out the perfect person-to-comic match with astonishing accuracy. Bridge City's motto is no exaggeration—these really are "comics for the people."

Buy this: Acme Novelty Library No. 20: Lint ($23.95).