Thursday, August 23, 2007

Have a cuppa coffee with me - at the comic shop!

I needed to get out of the house tonight to make room for an all-girl book club meeting; this being Seattle, of course, I headed for some coffee and wi-fi. However, you won't find me in any S***bucks -- tonight, I'm mixing caffeine and comics books:

Coffee and Comics
1408 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA

Apparently, this place has been here for over a year, but it just hit my radar recently. With Seattle as coffee-centric as it is and comics-savvy to boot (Fantagraphics is just down the road a piece), I wonder why I didn't figure that we would have a coffee shop focused on comic books.

You could easily overlook this small, hole-in-the-wall joint -- of the kind that usually has the best coffee (they serve good Vivace here). Inside, the wooden bistro tables look to seat ten comfortably, with plenty of power outlets for laptops, and near the front two cushy chairs invite lingering and reading. The menu includes all the usual coffee drinks, tea (including chai), and a very limited selection of muffiny stuff. They also default to ceramic cups for service, and only use paper for to-go orders. Yay, green!

A bookcase of graphic novels and trade paperbacks sits in the corner near the big window, serving as a library and back-issue rack both.

One interior wall is covered with "artist wanted" notices, posters, and local art samples.

Yeah, that's one of Jeph Jacques's Questionable Content cast posters hanging there; here's the detail of a cool sketch that is under it:

(She is saying "knitty gritty.")

Up front near the service counter, a sales rack holds new releases; the shop also does weekly pulls (you might not notice the pull shelves behind the rack -- I didn't -- but the friendly barista, Lola, pointed them out to me.)

The usual phalanx of action figures and figurines stands watch over the comics:

So, I don't know if this will give the Mike Sterling any ideas to start serving espresso, but I'm having a grand time here. Now, if you'll excuse me, my coffee's getting cold.

(Yes, this was real-time blogging. I took all the photos just now and uploaded them here to my laptop. As I press publish, it's 7:55 pm.)


Ami Angelwings said...

That place looks so luffly! :(


John said...

I should go hang out with you there sometimes!

Anonymous said...

What do the artist wanted signs say? I want to know!!

Also, my favorite drink there is dirty chai, you should try it sometime. There's nowhere else in town that makes it.

Plus, there are no better baristas in town either.

It's so comfortable! You can actually read a whole book! (I reccommend MOME, it's my personal fave.)


Anonymous said...

Nick F is looking for a pro-bono monthly comic book artist. You'd know that if you weren't living wherever the heck you're living and actually went into the shop! I can send you details if you really want know how to reach me.


rob! said...

what a cool looking place!