3725 N Mississippi Ave., 503-282-5484, bridgecitycomics.com.

Like many comic book emporiums, Bridge City Comics stands out because of the passion of its proprietor. Michael Ring first turned that passion into a job at renowned local imprint Dark Horse Comics, and since 2005 has run our fair city's finest comic shop. In addition to a well-curated inventory, Bridge City serves as a meeting place for a graphic novel reading club.