The comic book is an embrace of visual storytelling, as layered and psychologically complex as the literary stylings of Faulkner or the sight of an ice-cream sundae going to waste. Today's Groupon honors the simple joys and scholarly validity of comic books: for $5, you get $12 worth of comic-store goodies from Illusive Comics and Games in Santa Clara.
One of the largest comic shops in the Bay area, Illusive carries trading cards, games, and a wealth of popular and independent titles. The family-friendly store slings publications for all ages, introducing eager eyes to classic superheroes as well as a plethora of fresh characters, dot-grained in shiny new inks (most comics range from $2.99–$3.99). A 2,000-square-foot floor greets all of the Wednesday comic deliveries from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more, which, after harmless hazing, find homes alongside graphic novels (starting at $9.99) from Spiegelman to Ware, booster packs ($3.99 each) for card games such as Magic: The Gathering and World of Warcraft, and a selection of traditional and designer board games.
Illusive Comics and Games is staffed by passionate workers who are happy to help customers find their favorite fibers on the shelves, or to place special orders for more elusive publications. Dogs are welcome as well, so shy shoppers can deflect attention by attributing their presence in the store to their canine's newfound ability to read.
2725 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95051