Reading is fun!

Reading is fun!

Every one of us has a hobby or interest that we love to nerd over and shower with our time and money (the little we have of it, at least). It could be a love for reading, in which nothing is better than being surrounded by a bevy of novels to dig through, or a love of music in which an album collection can number in the hundreds. Whatever the case, Berkeley is fortunate to have a myriad of stores and passionate sub-communities that seem to cater to every nerdy obsession we could possibly have. For music and movies there’re Rasputin’s or Amoeba Music. For books, there are Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Pegasus Books, Half-Price Books and many others. For games ranging from the tabletop variety to PC/console games, there’s Eudemonia and Games of Berkeley.  Really, exploring Berkeley reveals many cool shops that could easily be missed.

One store that recently caught our eye is Fantastic Comics which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to comic books. Replacing the now dead Comic Relief, Fantastic Comics offers an excellent selection of newly released comic books, graphic novels and a small, but respectable variety of Japanese manga. Of course, once we discovered the store, we had to explore the shelves and came up with a small list of recommendations. Although our recommendations may seem to vary wildly in terms of genre, art-style and popularity, one thing they all have in common is that they are quality reads (obviously). And isn’t that the most important thing? In any case, let’s begin our list:

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