Resources Where, oh, where can a comics creator find what they need in Boston? The list below is designed to be a comprehensive guide for you, the creator, to get started on your comics. What you need and where to get it.

Comic Specialty Shops

The best thing to do when starting a comic is to familiarize yourself with what’s out there. If you’re having trouble finding titles beyond the standard superhero fare, you’re in luck. Some of the best comics shops in the country are right here in Boston.

Million Year Picnic

This comics shop located in the windy streets of Harvard Square can be tough to locate, but it’s worth the effort. Million Year Picnic has been around for over 30 years, and has the unusual boast of catering to a large female readership. Great indie selection and great staff.

Location

99 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-6763 (map)

Website

themillionyearpicnic.com


New England Comics

Easily the largest purveyor of comics in Boston, New England Comics caters more to mainstream crowds, though they carry a decent selection of indie comics. They’re also a publishing company, best known for The Tick comics.

Location

Brookline , Allston , Cambridge , Malden , Quincy , Brockton , and Norwood (map)

Website

www.newenglandcomics.com


Comicopia

Their motto of “Highbrow, lowbrow… and everything in between” sums up Comicopia pretty well. They seem to specialize in trade paperbacks, which are smartly shelved with an almost library feel.

Location

464 Commonwealth Ave. Kenmore Square Boston, MA 02215 (617) 266-4266 (map)

Website


Comic Friendly Bookstores

With the surge in the popularity of comics, most bookstores have gotten in on the game. All the better for us, the creators, because it means more potential outlets for your work. Of course, general bookstores tend towards a narrower selection. Most will only carry trade paperbacks, and only those available through one of their normal distributors.

Trident Booksellers

The last of a dying breed of independent bookstores in the Back Bay, Trident keeps a good selection for their small size.

Location

338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-267-8688
(map)

Website

www.tridentbookscafe.com


Brookline Booksmith

Another great, independent bokstore, Brookline Booksmith has a huge new and used selection (though precious few used comics). A smart, hip staff will help you track down what you need if they don’t carry it. After you get your book, there’s lots of great places to read it over a cup of coffee in the neighborhood.

Location

279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-566-6660
(map)

Website

www.brooklinebooksmith.com


Harvard Bookstore

One of the best book shops in the country, the Harvard Bookstore is heaped in history and accolades. The comics section has grown to an impressive collection, and comics are often made staff picks. Be sure to visit the used books section downstairs (back left corner), where an occasional gem can be found on the cheap.

Location

1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(800) 542-READ
(map)

Website

www.harvard.com


Art Supply Stores

With all the art schools in Boston, there are no shortage of art supply stores. Some generalize, some specialize. The stores with a good stock are usually worth the trip if you have to travel.

Pearl Paint

Probably the largest art supply store in the Boston area, Pearl has a fantastic selection for “serious” artists. The staff can come off a bit… chafing, but they’ll almost certainly carry what you need, if they can be bothered to help you find it.

Location

579 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-6600 (map)

Website

www.pearlpaint.com


Utrecht Art Supplies

The Cambridge location is a quick walk down from Pearl and Artist & Craftsman, Utrecht carries a small general stock of pens and paper, and a good selection of paper and 3D art supplies.

For the cartoonist, Utrecht has a variety of high quality inks and technical pens. However, finding other brands of brushes, bristol board or drawing paper brands besides Utrecht’s own can be difficult.  This can come down to a matter of preference.

Location

333 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

1030 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-0250 (map)

Website

www.utrecht.com


Dick Blick

The most generalized and non-threatening art store, Dick Blick has a large selection of art supplies, along with consumer goods items like stationary and nice pens. A clean, well-lit place for paper.

Location

Landmark Center, Fenway 401 Park Drive Boston, MA 02215 (617) 247-3322 (map)

Website


Educational Resources

Boston offers a great selection of art classes through colleges and adult education programs. Look for bulletin boards at art supply shops for other advertised classes and drawing sessions, too.

Comics Certificate Programs


Figure drawing


Schools and programs offering art classes


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  1. E. J. Barnes says:

    Artist & Craftsman Supply (despite what I had thought) turns out to be a chain, but I still like it better than Pearl across the street:

    http://www.artistcraftsman.com/servlet/Page?template=contact

  2. Jerel Dye says:

    I’m offering a class called the “Graphic Narrative” this summer at the Eliot School. If you are interested in unlocking some of the secrets of comic masters and trying your hand at sequential art, check it out!

  3. Julie says:

    Hi folks, It would be great if you could list some resources for kids interested in comics here. I spoke with one of your organizers at the Bizarre Bazaar and it sounds like lots of you teach classes for kids. Thanks!

  4. Dave says:

    @ Julie: We have several members that, as individuals, teach kids about comics. Send me an email (see link at bottom of page) and I can put you in touch with a few. We’ll be focusing some of our time in 2011 at building up the educational components of the Boston Comics Roundtable.

  5. Lisa Glazer says:

    Dave,

    I would also be interested in the information about kids and comics – I am looking for classes or a camp for m 10-year-old this summer. – Lisa

  6. Sarah says:

    It would be great if you could extend the list. Include some other big cities, not only Boston. I live in NYC and a list like this would be a big help for me :-)

    Sarah

  7. Bill Davidson says:

    Two more comic specialty shops of note include Hub Comics, “the comics shop for NPR listeners,” at 19 Bow Street in Somerville’s Union Square (http://hubcomics.com/) and Comicazi, “seriously BAD-ASS comicbook stores!,” at 407 Highland Ave in Davis Square (http://www.comicazi.com/index.html).

  8. Mike Crosier says:

    Hey guys,
    I am a student at the Center for Cartoon Studies up in White River. I heard about your consortium, and was interested in participating. Even though I am in White River, I plan to move after school is over.

    I have heard you are doing a superhero anthology and would love to contribute. What do I need to do?

    I am also going to be at MECAFF, if you want a face to face meeting.

    Thanks,
    Mike Crosier

  9. Dave says:

    Hey Mike,

    We’re not ready to announce any details about the superhero anthology at this time. You can be sure that when we’re ready we’ll be making a big stink about it. I’m sure we’ll be reaching out to CCS, as well.

    - Dave

  10. Sean Morceau says:

    I am interested in locating an artist with which to collaborate on a story concept I have had gestating for over a year now. I recently had a HUGE breakthrough in the world creation and would love to throw this idea at someone. I am reticent to say more here than the protagonist is loosely based on the DC character The Creeper. I have run the idea by a professor of literature who is also a poet of some merit and his opinion was very favorable. The story is begging me to tell it.

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