Sleep of Reason Comics is a nice second floor shop located on eigth street in the West Village. They carry a full range of new comics and have a decent selection of back issues. They are no match for the mega shops like Midtown but they do offer a good selection and they are very friendly.
Two levels of comics and comics related toys are available here at Midtown Comics. I think they carry just about everything new that comes out from the comics industry. They also have an excellent selection of older comics. The service is excellent and they are open seven days a week. The upper level carries lots of toys, lunch boxes and statues.
PROS: They do everything well
Funny Business Comics is not much of a comic book store. Run down and dusty and most oddly they have more opera CDs than they have good comics. Now in fairness if I was into Opera I might see this differently, especially if the store was named Funny Business Opera CDs. They have some nice older comics but they seem highly priced. They also don't seem to carry much in the way of newer comics.
PROS: Some older comics
CONS: Run down very few comics
This shop is everything a comic shop should be. They've moved to newer quarters down the block from there previous store. The new store sits and the second floor and gets a lot of light and is nicely laid out. THey carry everything new from comics, graphic novels and statues. Whomever laid out the store did a great job and everything is easy to find. On my last visit I was looking for a fairly obscure old comic, Little Gloomy, and was instantly led to a run of them. Excellent service and selection.
Chameleon Comics is located a couple of blocks away from the World Trade Center site. They mostly carry the newest comics and are very nice fellows. I used to work a few blocks away and would drop in every other week and was always treated fairly. If they carried a good selection of older comics they would be a much better shop although in there defense they don't really have that much space. If you want the newest Batman though and are in the neighborhood they will take good care of you.
PROS: New Books, Excellent Service
CONS: Not Much By The Way Of Back Issues
Down in a musty basement sits hundreds of thousands of old comics and sports cards. Probably the best place in New York City to buy old comics as they have a tremendous inventory. When it comes to new comics they are a little spotty although they will order anything new for you if you ask them to. They are not open that often so you should definitely call before going, I made the mistake of assuming they would be open and was irritated when I got there and no one was there and the shop was closed.
PROS: Tremendous Selection Of Older Comics
CONS: Spotty Hours
Jim Hanley's Universe is one of the mega comic stores in Midtown. They have a tremendous selection of in print items, rows of graphic novels, trade paperbacks, art prints and statues. They carry virtually every new comic that comes out and present everything in a clear organized manner. The only drawback is they don't have much of a back issue selcetion in comparison to the other stores in Manhattan.
PROS: Good Service, Great Hours Open Late
CONS: Could Have More Back Issues
Alexs M V P Cards & Comics is a small, comfortable neighborhood hobby shop that carries a decent selection of sports cards, comic books and game cards such as Pokemon and U-Gi-Oh. This is not one of the mega stores thta are more common downtown but if you need a pack of the newest baseball cards or your child wants some Pokemon cards to replace ones he lost playing with his friends this is the place to shop. The few times I've shopped here they have been friendly and helpful.
CONS: Small not a large inventory
Labyrinth Books is a great source of books from the scholarly fields. Just down the block from Columbia University they have over 100,000 different books in stock. What makes the store doubley special is the great sales annex where books are marked down as much as 90%. They have a great psychology section and have sections for virtually every subject Columbia offers courses in so basically they have most fields of endeavor covered.
PROS: Tremendous Assortment
CONS: A little tough to get your bearings, could be better organized
Along with Bonnie Slotnicks this is the other great downtown cook book shop. Here they have an exceptional selection of used and out of print cookbooks. Definitely an important stop for the amateur chef looking for a new source of recipes to try. They were very helpful during my visit and I ended up with a different book than I started out looking for and I was quite pleased with my purchase.