Near Mint Comic Books is located in Downtown Bikini Bottom. Most nerds come here to read comics, as seen in "Sing a Song of Patrick." One of the nerds from Weenie Hut Jr's was reading comics here. SpongeBob, and Patrick frequent this store. Patrick was reading a book about numbers so this Comic Joint must also sell regular books. The owner is a fat teal fish that wears glasses. He explained to SpongeBob what the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy cards were, and why number 54 is the best kind. He was angry with SpongeBob once, and kicked him out, without his arms. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy were signing their books at this Comic Store, in the episode "Ditchin'."
In the Philippine version, for some period of time, the Near Mint Comic Books has been referred to as the National Bookstore in an attempt to advertise the SM Shopping Center's National Bookstore. This was only changed from January 5-10, 2015 in the Philippine dub. SM has payed Viacom to advertise their brand.
Patrick shopping inside the store.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy were signing their books.