As one of the primary foci of the underground comics movement beginning in the 1960s, the Bay Area has a well-documented tradition of fostering comics creators large and small. Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat, Zap Comix) lived in San Francisco throughout a key period of his career, and just across the bay in Oakland, Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, The Death Ray) continues to create complex pictographic narratives. It would follow that San Francisco and environs would boast a strong collection of comic book retailers — and indeed it does, including a handful that have been nominated for the prestigious Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Here are our top eight comics outfits in the city.
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