Largest kids comic section in the east bay. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right book for your child.

As always, we have FREE COMICS every day at the Escapist Comic Bookstore. First 2 comics on the sidewalk sale table are FREE. 50 cents per copy after that.

The First Escapist Board Game Club

Jan 19, 2019 at 2 PM

Not only do we love comics and graphic novels at the Escapist, we love games! We’ll be meeting once a month on Saturday afternoons with our charter event on January 19th at 2:00PM. We’ll supply the games and some prizes and extras (if available) so all you have to do is show up ready to play.

For our first game, we will be teaching Star Wars Destiny. SWD is a collectible Dice and Card game set in the Star Wars universe. We’ll be using the Two Player Starter set to teach the game which features, Rey and Poe Dameron VS. Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma. The great part about the two player game is that it is a stand alone game with everything you need to play. If you choose, there are several booster sets available to obtain extra characters, weapon upgrades, force power, icon vehicles and more!

Join us and May the Force be With you!

Escapist Comics Podcast Episode 200 Live!

Jan 31, 2019 at 8 PM

Ghost Town Brewing

1960 Adeline St., Oakland, California 94607


We've finally done it! 200 episodes! Join us live at Ghost Town Brewing for our first ever live episode with some very special guests! We will be giving out tons of prizes, doing fun comics trivia and celebrating years of comic and pop culture podcasting! More info to come!

Update on SKINNER signing

The books are here! We will be setting up the event soon. Check this site, check Facebook, or sign up for our email to get the updates as they arrive.

Store manager Jessica Balboni Talks about Stan the Man on KCBS TV


Sunday, January 20th 6:45 pm

The Escapist Comics Book Club has been running for awhile now, years even but we need your support! Come show us that you want us to continue to grow and put these kind of events together by coming to our New Year Rebirth 2.0 Book Club! We will be reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips new OGN My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies! Remember book club books are always 20% off and we sometimes have special guests that join us! Please email us at put Book Club in subject line if you have any questions!

Refreshments are served.

We will be reading:

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

by Ed Brubaker (W) and Sean Phillips (A)

Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts. The tragic, artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be, she'll find another, more dangerous romance... and find out how easily drugs and murder go hand-in-hand.

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES is a seductive coming-of-age story, a pop and drug culture-fueled tale of a young girl seeking darkness-and what she finds there. This gorgeous, must-have hardback is the first original graphic novel from ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the bestselling creators of CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT, FATALE, and INCOGNITO.

Book Club Benefits include:
  • Most excellent company
  • Refreshments
  • 20% discount on book club titles
  • ..and sometimes surprises


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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.

Hey! We just got Rag #8 at the store.

Hot off the presses. Literary zine edited by Cassandra Rockwood-Rice.

Here are some other comics that indie creators have dropped off recently...

  • 45 Days and How to Be a Fairy" by Shuchita Mishra - Shuchita is a student in the California College of Art graphic novel class. 45 Days($15) is a collection of her daily drawing improvs and How to Be a Fairy($6) is a collection of fairies and their quotes which have gotten her through tough times.
  • Eric by Tom Manning - "Eric is visionary, suspenseful, funny, scary, beautiful, mind-warping, meaningful...In other words, it s a Tom Manning book. READ THIS BOOK!" -ELLIOTT KALAN Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Spider-Man and the X-Men... $15

  • Jeff and Emily by Emily Scheffler. Another CCA student offers her tale of Emily and her friend, a large bird (possibly ostrich). It clearly states that Jeff is real in the beginning of the book, but. . . I don't knooooow.

  • Nico's Fortune by Ryan King and Daryl Toh - We loved Ryan's last indie comic Totully Aces. NICO'S FORTUNE is a new horror comic about a couple of newlyweds, their strange cat Nico, and their even stranger neighbors. $10
  • Diary of a Douchbag by Nico Harriman - From a local creator. The guy's a douchbag. Not Nico but the guy in his story. The guy's a douchebag but, occasionally, he would like to be less of one. $15
  • The Archer by Nate Doyle- Three tales that connect around a single accident. Nothing goes well in these stories.

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!

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?)

FIRST 2 COMICS ARE FREE. Next 10 are 50 cents a piece. After that 25 cents each. Sale applies to all comics in white boxes on the sidewalk. NEW COMICS HAVE BEEN ADDED and will be ADDED EACH WEEK.

There is one guy who is getting a lot of great comics. Why isn't that guy also you?

Don't miss out on your favorite comics Come in and ask us about our


  • 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.