Because it refuses to follow the same path that lesser used bookstores took to their graves, this North Hollywood gem still slings pages in quantity. By adapting to the idea that graphic novels and comic books can be both high art and high literature, the Iliad Bookshop keeps itself relevant to the hordes of bibliophiles who are just finding out the same thing. Its customers also have discovered that pre-owned illustrated literature is usually kept in impeccable condition regardless of value and can be bought at a near pittance. Where once was a disorganized corner now sits a collection of roughly 100 fully organized shelves. And a diverse one at that — an intrepid buyer can scoop up collected editions of Warren Ellis' cult-favorite Transmetropolitan just as easily as Superman omnibuses. Even better, as the shop buys more books daily — Kindle be dammed — it's expanding that section further.
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