There is nothing like quite like it. The neighborhood bookstore. They are a dying breed, too. So I thought, since this past week I had book launches, for my novel Beige, and The Plain Janes, at both my fave neighborhood indie bookstore and comic book store, I would sing their praises.
First up, the fabulous Skylight Books in Los Feliz. They are a Booksense Independent Bookstore and I love them so much that sometimes I even help them out when they do outside events. We had cupcakes and champagne and I made people come up with punk names.
The greatest thing about them (and other indie bookstores) is that the booksellers in the store really know books. You can say, “I’m in the mood for this kind of story…” and chances are they’ll have just thing. Skylight also has a great graphic novel section (mostly indie, but some superhero) and has had signings with Joe Matt, Gabrielle Bell, Kevin Huizenga, amongst others.
The same fabulous and discriminating taste can be said for my local indie Comic Book store The Secret Headquarters.
Whatever you might be in the mood for, they’ve got it. From superhero stuff to obscure indie comics, they’ve read it, they’ve got it and they can let you know if you’ll like it.
I’ve been going there regularly and they’ve never steered me wrong. David and David have introduced me to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, Warren Ellis’ Next Wave, Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman, Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, and R. Kikuo Johnson’s Night Fisher to name a few titles off the top of my head that they’ve recommended and that I’ve adored.
They also have art shows there. I even bought an original (tiny) Johnny Ryan that makes me laugh out loud every time I walk up and down my stairs.
It’s a lush, cozy, comfortable place and last night at my first official comic book store signing it was like a fabulous literary salon, where people came in and out and had a beer and sat with me and talked about how to get girls to read comic books, fave titles, and life, the universe and everything.
Both stores are simply wonderful and they make me love my neighborhood all the more. I bet you know what I’m talking about. I bet you have a local indie book store and comic book store that makes your heart sing, too.