April 21, 2021

Alley Cat Comics


While walking along Clark Street in Andersonville, I espied a sandwich sign that read “Alley Cat Comics” in front of a very narrow corridor between two buildings. Rather like Alice going down the rabbit hole, my husband and I walked single file to an area in back of the storefronts. We were rewarded with a treasure trove of comics both old and new at “Alley Cat Comics.” Not only are there comic books of every current “super hero” ilk, but used favorites like Archie and Veronica; there was even one old Classic Comic that was like Proust’s madeleine for me. My love of literature began with an uncle’s collection of “Cliff notes” versions of illustrated classics like “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”

The owner said that besides American publishers, the other two countries putting out fantastic comics and graphic novels are Japan and France. He recommended a hard cover edition of the French graphic novel “The Killer” by Jacamon and Matz. I will definitely be back to check out both the new and used selections.

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