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Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby bastard_robo on Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:49 pm

If you buy comics, then you have a store. That comic store you've picked, like a spouse, to full fill your comic needs. You might have a subscription at this store. It might be small, or it might be big.

So tell us of your store!
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:56 pm

The internet.

The one near where I work is pretty cool, I mean it's got a wicked back-log of comics in the back of the shop so I might occasionally grab one of those, but the actual graphic novels are too expensive.

The guy who runs the joint has a goatee down to his feet and has photographically memorised every single comic ever released, down from the faintest Preacher bloodsplash to the colour of the chilli eaten in page 3 of the Palomar section of Love and Rockets!!!
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Postby MasterWhedon on Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:00 pm

I have a few that I hit up. The one across the street from me is convenient but nothing special. I go there ONLY for new releases, as their back issue and trade selections blow. I'll occasionally hit up ComicSmash! on Ventura or Golden Apple, the sort of "premiere" comic shop in Hollywood.

My absolute favorite is this little joint called House of Secrets in Burbank. Really cool little place, has a great vibe and anything you're looking for. It's a little bit out of the way to hit on the way home from work, but I do enjoy it. Great people too.
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Postby Blake's Scar on Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:03 pm

I used to have the best store. It was run by a friendly and knowledgable guy named Rick. The store was clean, organized, and had a great selection of indies as well as your usual Marvels and DCs.


And then I moved.


The store I go to now is filled with loud and obnoxious Yu Gi Oh players of various ages, and I'm pretty sure the proprietor molests sheep. All Marvel and DC. I've actually started ordering online so I won't have to go back there.
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Postby Vegeta on Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:04 pm

Mayhem Comics in Des Moines, IA... place is awesome!
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:04 pm

i have one about thirty seconds from my house... it's an old school comic shop. they sell old magazines as well, no models or manga.

it has that old comic book smell that i love so much.
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Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:24 pm

All the best comic shops smell like a stack of newspapers in a wet basement.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:54 am

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Postby Adam Balm on Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:07 am

The shop I went to growing up was pretty fucking sad. A studly snobby owner and a feeling more like a dank basement apartment than a retailer. Me, my brother and friends were some of the only kids in there, and the older fanboys looked on us with mild derision or contempt. And since I had nothing to compare it too, I had no idea that there were better stores out there. I'm surprised I got into comics at all, looking back. Later when I met Chris Ware I found out that he had gone to the exact same shop when he was a kid. Although apparently he had a better relationship with the owner. The owner took him in the back and showed him all the underground comics, the R. Crumbs and the what not, and that started him down the road to become one of the most acclaimed creators alive.
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Your Store!

Postby bastard_robo on Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:25 pm

This is my place:

http://www.beachballcomics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=B&Category_Code=TWB

They're older, and not that big of a store, but i love 'em!

Im lucky in the fact that i have several stores and one MEGA Geek Swapmeet http://www.fs-collectibles.com/ Within 20 minutes driving in any area around me.

But i like this store the best. It has the old comic smell, they still sell golden age stuff and the staff is cool as hell. I dont know what i'd do with out them.
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Postby beastie on Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:04 pm

I have a shop down the street. Their selection is nothing to brag about but I'm kind of new to comics and the owner always has the right suggestion for me. I can tell him three things that I'm in the mood for (music, movies, traditional reading) and he can point out a comic that compliments those things perfectly.
Other than that shop, I use EBay quite a bit. I've been able to get numerous trades for $3-$4. Also, I couldn't find The Dreaming anywhere and I was able to get the full run for $15 on EBay.
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Re: Your Store!

Postby Al Shut on Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:11 pm

bastard_robo wrote: That comic store you've picked, like a spouse, to full fill your comic needs.


Mine is the only one avaiable in a radius of an ourand hard to judge without comparisons.

Picked like a spouse indeed.
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Postby The Vicar on Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:17 pm

The Curious Bookshop in East Lansing.
A good place to get some of the old shit as well.
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Postby darkjedijaina on Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:55 pm

When I go, I go to Bunjee's in Griffin.
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Postby Iconoclastica on Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:00 pm

it's called The Joker's Child


I've been told that I'm the only girl who shops there for anything besides manga, though I think the owners/clerks are just humoring me. I love that it's literally a mom and pop store, owned by a husband and wife who always run the register . . . though the store is quite extensive and has great stock of everything from back issues dating back decades, many many rare/valuable issues, and lots of memorabilia. I've been going there since I first started reading comics about 15 years ago (some guys I used to be friends with used to go and I'd tag along . . . they grew out of it, I didn't :oops:). It's the only good comic book store within miles of me, and happens to be exactly midway between school and my parents' house, so it couldn't be more perfect :-)
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:30 pm

The store I go to is Chicago Comics.

The people are awesome. The selection is bad ass. And they will sell any independently produced comic you offer them. You can always find some great stuff.
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Postby Wiccan Woman on Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:59 pm

The Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor. I could spend my entire check in there. The action figure collection is *huge* 8)

Must mention Dawn Treader in AA....best collection of old Astounding magazines.
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Postby papalazeru on Tue Dec 26, 2006 6:27 pm

There is the best in London....

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/

There are others but they are few and far between (still good though).

I have to admit some of these guys know comics too well and get arsey when you are not sure of the name of something....very much like the studly guy from the Simpsons.
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Postby Iconoclastica on Tue Dec 26, 2006 6:32 pm

yeah I've definitely been in there, and damn were they snobs . . . I even knew what I was looking for, but they were snivelling all like, "what would you know about comics?" :roll:
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Postby Lady Sheridan on Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:04 pm

I have a Mile High Comics I go to...it's ok. I dash in and grab Astonishing and run back out. I've flipped through the racks a few times but I never find anything I must have. I never see anyone buying any old comics, so I doubt they have a very good selection. A handful of trades. I really don't like going there.

A friend of mine goes to a very cool independent shop, I think it's just called Colorado Comics, but it's a loonnng way from me. We went in there one night and they actually asked "Why haven't you been in before? Where do you buy your comics?" When I said "Oh, a Mile High by my house" they almost wept and they scolded him for neglecting me. "Shit man, why don't you have us hold her comics in your slot, you're such an ass, making her to go Mile High."

I wish they weren't half a state away, they were really cool. Said friend still doesn't hold comics for me. :roll:
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Postby Vegeta on Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:10 pm

Vegeta wrote:Mayhem Comics in Des Moines, IA... place is awesome!


Ooops, forgot to include Mayhem's website :oops:
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Postby Colin on Wed Dec 27, 2006 4:10 pm

I go to Nostalgia & Comics in Birmingham for my weekly grabs. They don't offer a discount but they do have everything and their staff are really on the up and up with both indie and mainstream stuff.

There's also a Forbidden Planet in town which I'll check out from time to time. I never really buy anything from the store, I just get it off their website because it's cheaper. The staff are nice, not sure how knowledgable they are though. I've never asked for help.
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Postby unikrunk on Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:54 am

A friend of mine started this store in one half of his Dad's optometry office (cool ass Dad), in Ormond Beach, Fl.

It's about a five minute walk from our house, and has everything I love. Ladies and germs, I submit for your pleasure, Criminal Records.

http://www.criminal.com/
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Postby darkjedijaina on Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:51 am

unikrunk wrote:A friend of mine started this store in one half of his Dad's optometry office (cool ass Dad), in Ormond Beach, Fl.

It's about a five minute walk from our house, and has everything I love. Ladies and germs, I submit for your pleasure, Criminal Records.

http://www.criminal.com/


heyyy, i've been there. close to junkman's daughter, no?
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Where Do You Buy Your Comics?

Postby DennisMM on Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:55 pm

Thanks for the merge, mods. Somehow I never saw this thread before.

I buy my comics and associated stuff at a little shop here in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Halley's Comics has been operating here for more than twenty years and has outlived several competitors, including a branch of the Colorado megastore, Mile High Comics. It's a small operation run by a married couple in their fifties, John and Susan Bonner. John can be a bit gruff but he's a great conversationalist. Susan is sweet as can be and also is a great conversationalist. Both are very helpful whenever they can be.

The view as you enter:
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and as you exit:
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Like any good comics shop, they have a room of back issues
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and a display of unusual or pricey stuff.
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If you look closely at the lower left, you'll see a copy of New York World's Fair Comics #1, the first joint appearance of Batman and Superman. I'd never seen one until I started shopping at Halley's.

Distinctive touches include the plants and tiny fountain in the front window (Susan watering)
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And the resident cat. Once there were three resident cats, but two died in recent years, having lived long lives. Now the shop is down to stumpy Georgie, the goodwill ambassador.
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If you get 'round these parts, stop in and scratch Georgie's ears. But don't bother John too early on a Wednesday.
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Re: Where Do You Buy Your Comics?

Postby Seppuku on Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:20 am

I'm sure there was another thread like this; it was called something like "Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store." It'll be a bitch to find, though.


Here's mine, by the way. It's about 30 seconds away from the place where I work, so while everyone else is on their Smokey Thingie breaks, I'll usually just nip by there and flick through their pretty extensive collection of back-issues. And just in case a highly-strung douchebag is on the counter, I'll probably end up buying something before he starts quoting Apu ("This is not a lending library!").

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Re: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby TheButcher on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:59 pm

HALLEY'S is cool, but trying to find a parking space in Old Town sucks.
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Re: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby DaleTremont on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:09 pm

I love comic book stores even if I always feel somewhat out of place in them.

When I'm in LA I go to Meltdown in Hollywood or Mini-Melt, which is like a smaller version of Meltdown a little closer to my neighborhood.

I realized that I've kind of done an international tour of comic book stores, sometimes actively seeking them out and sometimes just inadvertently stumbling across them. When I was in Tokyo I made a point of going to the Akihabara district, but that turned out to be somewhat disappointing. I was waiting for a mecca of crazy Japanese gizmos and schoolgirls dressed up like their favorite anime characters, but what I ended up finding was much more subdued. Mostly it was a lot of young Japanese men, completely silent, staring at manga porn like it was the answer to life, the universe, and everything. It's kind of hard to browse casually when every aisle there's a dude fixating on underage lesbian fantasies put to paper. Also I was never that into manga to begin with so maybe that's on me.

Next up was a place in Russia I looked for for ages. Called Pangloss it's supposedly the only decent comic book store in Moscow but I couldn't even find the thing. I suspect it doesn't exist. They're not fans of comics over there.

While out walking around in Berlin I came across a very cool little store Grober Unfug. Yeah I have no idea what that means but it had a nice selection. A lot of stuff in German but also a lot in English. I ended up buying The Other Side, which was actually recommended to me by a guy in Berkeley after I bought an issue of Scalped.

And finally when I was in Copenhagen I heard about a supposedly famous comic book store called "Fantask." When I went to check it out it was indeed pretty tight, although it didn't have quite as much character as the place in Berlin. They did have a whole separate store across the street exclusively for manga. Also almost all the comics in Fantask were in the original English.

Lol. I guess that's the opposite of my "friendly neighborhood comic store" but anyhoo that's my international rundown.
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Re: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby DennisMM on Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:48 am

TheButcher wrote:HALLEY'S is cool, but trying to find a parking space in Old Town sucks.


There's a lot between The Armadillo and The Lyric Cafe Theater that usually has open slots except at the busiest times of day. Only a half a block away. Just FYI.
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Re: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby TheButcher on Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:13 am

DennisMM wrote:
TheButcher wrote:HALLEY'S is cool, but trying to find a parking space in Old Town sucks.


There's a lot between The Armadillo and The Lyric Cafe Theater that usually has open slots except at the busiest times of day. Only a half a block away. Just FYI.

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Re: Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Store

Postby Al Shut on Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:37 am

DaleTremont wrote:While out walking around in Berlin I came across a very cool little store Grober Unfug. Yeah I have no idea what that means but it had a nice selection.


Could be translated as somrthing like 'severe nonsense' but I think it also is, or was, an official law term for generally misbehaving
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