I've been trying to get into comics after reading Sandman, and after coming to Philly for grad school I found out my local video store also sold comics. Cool, right?
Not so fast.
Don't bother looking for alternative comics, you'll be lucky to find volume 1 of Sandman, Y the Last Man, or even the continual bestselling Fables. Even people who like superhero comics are sure to be disappointed, as everything looks like it was pre-read: Dingy books with bent covers, stuck together pages, and even serious water damage on one trade of the surprisingly-great-for-mainstream comic 52.