Leef Smith, the friendly proprietor and the curator of this cool store, wanted a comic book shop in the Mission that fit the Mission. Besides the latest books and action figures from DC, Marvel, Archie, etc., Mission Comics & Art boasts a gallery where local artists can display their works, custom-made T-shirts you won't find at Target, and a couch where patrons can sit and discuss their favorite titles. Indie, self-published comics are also for sale. Smith hosts a monthly book club where members read and discuss a graphic novel of their own choosing, and Comic Book Creations, a meet-up for would-be comic book publishers. He also offers a graphic novel rental library.