When I first arrived at Penn State in the summer of 1982, the Comic Swap was a total revelation to me: an actual, entire store devoted to comic books! I could never have imagined such a place as a kid growing up in suburban Reading, Pa. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced me to RAW magazine and the work of Art Spiegelman, whom I would eventually go on to work with and really get to know as a friend.
Another favorite spot was Arboria Records, which was State College’s version of what we now know as the High Fidelity type of independent/used record store. For me, it was a graphic design gallery.
Chip Kidd '86 A&A Graphic designer and author known for his book jacket designs