Forbidden Planet

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Photograph: Roxanna Marroquin

You have no excuse for buying graphic novels at Barnes & Noble when a store like this exists. Offering about 50,000 volumes, the shop boasts one of the world’s largest selections of manga and graphic novels. The ground floor is devoted to new comics, ranging from big-ticket publishers like Marvel and D.C. to one-off indie series. And there’s no need to feel intimidated. If you’ve never heard of Neil Gaiman, the helpful staff is more than happy to give you a crash course. In the upstairs loft, get lost amid the manga DVDs and books; other shelves and cases are packed with anime and sci-fi toys and action figures, offbeat horror and imported magazines like Gothic Beauty, role-playing games and quirky character T-shirts. Be sure to check the store’s Twitter feed (@fpnyc) for updates on when artists and writers will be stopping by.

Venue name: Forbidden Planet
Address: 840 Broadway
New York

Cross street: at 12th St
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun 10am-10pm; Wed 9am–midnight; Thu–Sat 10am–midnight
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Sq
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Zach L

I'm not usually in New York City on Wednesdays (better known as new comic book day), but when I am, I try to get my books at Forbidden Planet. Of course, there's plenty of other eye candy to take in while I'm perusing the neatly arranged wall racks for me weekly fix of serialized storytelling. I generally end up with an action figure, model or superhero tchotchke in my bag. The downtown placement means that there's always a gaggle of tourists gumming up the aisles, but rightfully so—there's really no other comic book store quite like this one