BEST GIRLFRIEND-SAFE COMIC BOOK STORE
23333 Woodward Ave. Ferndale; 248-548-COMX
Oh sure, it's still a great place to get your Green Lantern on, but the incongruously named Detroit Comics (it's actually in Ferndale) has none of the creepy mega-nerd vibe of your average android dungeon. Credit married owners Brian and Lori Kelly for creating a bright, hip and uncluttered storefront, stocked with all the graphic novels you'd expect, but also neat-o urban vinyl toys, clothing, accessories, yummy goodies from Bellyache candy and records, and the irresistible Art-O-Matic vending machine. Plus, Brian holds court with a jovial, geeky rock 'n' roll dad charm that's truly rare in a trade better known for surly clannishness.
Co-owner Lori likes to recount the story of when she went into a comic store years ago, whereupon all conversation stopped and someone piped up, "Ooh, a girl's in here!" That's pretty much the experience we're trying to be the opposite of, and the recognition is appreciated. Thanks!
French Spider-Man approves!