The ESCAPIST is OPEN EVERY DAY, observing observing social distancing. We offer Curbside and FREE LOCAL DELIVERY.


And look for NEW RELEASES from DC and others here.

How to do curbside and home delivery:

Local Deliveries: Order by early Saturday for Sunday delivery. Deliveries made to bay side of hills from Albany to Fruitvale Ave.

Curbside Pickup: It is best to order the day before you wish to pick up, but we will do what we can to accomdate.

  1. Send us an email at hello at or call us with your order and whether you would like pick-up or delivery. (We also offer shipping.)

  2. Make sure you give us your phone # when you order.

  3. There are a few ways ways to pay in advance. Please specify how you wish to pay in your order.

    1. PAYPAL: We send an email back confirming what we could fill with the total and you pay by sending your payment via Paypal to

    2. CREDIT CARD: Do not send your credit card number in your email. We will call you to get your credit card info and charge your card only for the items we are able to fill.

    3. PAY WHEN YOU PICK UP: You can come in as far as the register and pay us directly, get your books, and dash.
For deliveries please let us know if you have special delivery instructions. Time windows may not be possible due to location, scheduling, or timing constraints. Our standard procedure will be to call or message you that we are making the delivery.

Store Hours

  • Monday to Saturdays 10:30 am - 7pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday 10:30 am to 7pm
  • Masks are required and there are rules posted at the store. Let's stay safe!
  • Dark Carnival is open for the same hours.

Start a Pullbox

We'd like to than everybody for your support during this hard time. Another way you can help the store is to start a pullbox. Having a pullbox guarantees that you will get the comics you want. They will be waiting here for you when they arrive. This allows us to order better, which will help us greatly when re-open.

Program Details:

  • We pull and hold the comics for you every Wednesday.
  • Free bags and boards
  • No minimum, but if you order 5 or more titles per month.......
  • You get a FREE copy of Previews and ...
  • You can pre-order from Previews and get a 20% discount on those pre-orders except for new comics and selected toys.

Escapist Comic Bookstore wins Diamond Distributors BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL SECTION AWARD for 2019

Last year our store was selected by our fellow comic book retailers as having the best graphic novel section in Diamond Distributors Best Retail Practices Awards. The Diamond Retail BPAs seek to identify and honor comic book specialty retailers that demonstrate best practices in their stores, thereby offering their patrons and community a consistently appealing shopping experience. We feel honored to receive this award.

Hey, come check it out for yourself.

Jack makes an appearance in Netflix's LAST CHANCE U !

If you get Neflix, check out season 5 of LAST CHANCE U which is about the Laney College football team. It is a great show. Jack, the owner of the Escapist and Dark Carnival Bookstore, is interviewed in episode 4. No, he doesn't throw a "Hail Mary."


We love the small independent presses. We carry many of them, including a lot of local creators and and students studying comics at the California College of Art. You should check out our indie comic section. There may be something there for you. Here is a sampling of independent / small press comics that we gotten in recently!

New Titles
  • New on 10/18/2019

    Freaky Numb Two edited by Andrew "The Slow Poisoner" Goldfarb - Fools rush in to fill the void to soon be left by the demise of original content in Mad Magazine. Check out this local, loco zine of loonyness. Where is numb one? Don't be a zero, start here! - 44 pages - $4.00 cheaper!

  • Drunk Fools by Brian Van Gold and Robert F. - Okay, you know you've been drunk in your life. Really? You're gonna stick with that story? I only hope you didn't do any of these things when you "weren't" drunk. $3.00

  • Rude Panda by D.Comics - RUDE PANDA is a panda who stars in a weekly web comic all about her. She also shares her Vegan recipe videos on her Youtube channel, her Dj mixes on her Bandcamp page and her favorite meals on her Instagram page. Just don�t be offended if she makes fun of your clothes. Or your hair. Or your taste in music. Or your driving. Or your cooking. Or your face. You get the idea. This comic is a hard copy selection from the web comic. Check her out!!

  • Attention Passengers by Vanessa Zucker - A coloring book for public transportation featuring passengers, station denizens, tickets, garbage, and mysterious substances on the floor for you to color. Or, you could just laugh as you realize the people and stories contained within are all based on the wild truths that those of us who don't drive all share. $12.00

    Attention Passengers website

There are even fine comics that independent creators have been dropping off at the store lately. You can also try one of our 10 comics for $5 grab bags of older minis to sample a bit of that indie feel.

Creators! We have our consignment system in place. Contact us at hello at escapistcomics dot com ....... natch!


If you have never been to our store, YOU SHOULD READ THIS REVIEW. One of our new customers has a blog and she really likes the store. She gives you a complete tour that will make you want to hop in that car, train, boat, or plane to get yourself here. Check her blog out at: GeekMomLife

Escapist Comics Podcast

Have you listened to it, yet? LISTEN

Hosted by Escapist Comic Staff (Jessica Balboni and Jesse Hett), the Escapist Comics Podcast features reviews of the current week's comics and insightful and often comedic looks at comics today, comic book movies, tv, celebrities, and sometimes a bit of gossip. If it looks like a comic and smells like a comic, it's fair game. Many of the podcasts feature comic creator interviews. Those who have appeared on the podcast include Rick Remender, Brian Wood, Alex de Campi, Becky Cloonan, Matteo Pizzolo, Matthew Rosenberg, Babs Tarr, Jason Latour and countless others. (well maybe it's a number you can count to but that doesn't sound anywhere as good as "countless", does it?)