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    I work part time, and shop at Treasure Island Comics.

    Ultramandingo: You should check it out next time you are in Fremont.
    • CommentAuthorThe Skoot
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    @ Cat Vincent

    I used to go to Travelling Man in Bristol, but for some reason they always gave me a frosty reception, and I swear one guy there hated me when I'd barely even spoke to him. Never really understood it; sounds like you've had a much better experience right from the start.

    On my second week of having a standing order at Forbidden Planet though, someone I hadn't even met before knew my name. They can get pretty expensive, but I just try my best to avert my eyes to the shininess.
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    The Astral Gypsy. Al Davison is an incredible guy for one, and although I've never been to the shop itself (I live nowhere near it), I always find something to spend a lot of money on when I see their stall at conventions, and their stock is always interesting! :D
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    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    My local comic shop closed a couple years ago. They have a location in another town close, but the owner is a bit of jerk, so a friend of mine and I decided to go the mail order route.

    We used for quite a while until they started screwing up and raising the shipping prices waaaay too much.

    Now we've moved on to They have an ugly website with a kind of clunky interface, but the prices and service are top-notch. The couple times we've had a problem, we've gotten a swift and friendly resolution.

    I miss the weekly ritual, though.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Let's see. The only reason I stopped going to a store is that it closed or I moved. I've been to many, and liked them all.

    Comics and More has been a bookend in my life; it was my shop from 90-94, and has also been again for the last three years. And at least one of the same people still works there.

    Most of my coworkers dug the Silver Snail, but the shop where I felt most at home was The Hairy Tarantula. I think it has something to do with them introducing me to Gordon by The Barenaked Ladies.

    Then came Metro Entertainment, the best comic shop in Santa Barbara. This would be true even if it weren't the only comic shop in Santa Barbara. They get great signings, too.

    A scant year later, every comic day, the coworkers and I would head to Lee's Comics

    And then finally, I frequented Graphic, a fine store I found just by walking around my first weekend in town.
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    You know I think we're almost the point where "Treats women like human beings" shouldn't, in and of itself, be cause for celebration.
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    @ alwayscrashing:

    Amen, I used to try and engineer reasons to go to Nottingham so I could shop at Page 45, when I could easily buy comics in my home town.

    Now: no western comics around here as far as I can see...
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    I second Phoenix Comics in NoVa... see you there.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    Page45 is about the only thing I miss about Nottingham since I moved away.

    The comics place in Guildford is ok, has odd opening hours and tends to be full of loud kids playing Magic and Pokemon, so I tend to end up resorting to the London Forbidden Planet.
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    I have to say that I'm spoilt for choice in London... more than enough comics shops to go around.

    My favourite (where I also have my pull list) is Gosh! Comics - a small shop, has everything you want and friendly staff. Besides Gosh! I'll always swing by Forbidden Planet.

    If you're ever in Belgium you have to check out Mekanik Strip (most of the site is in Dutch) - GIANT shop/art gallery, super friendly people (and I used to work there during college)
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    I get all my comics from Duncan Comics on Perrysville Rd. between Cranberry and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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    I shop in The 3rd Place in Temple Bar, Dublin
    Ran by mates and rock solid, cheaper than everywhere else in the city too. Especially on Trades.
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    The closest "real" comic book store is about 70 Miles away.

    yeah this circumstance is equal to awesomeness in a can....or not.

    any recommendations from people in similar situations?
    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
    Minnesota Twin Cities Area Comic Book Stores:

    Minneapolis: Dreamhaven Books and Comics Great store, focus on books and comics.

    Saint Paul: The Source Comics and Games Another great store, focus on games and comics.

    I usually go to one of these two (neither is particularly convenient to my commute, so I pick based on geographically related errands). In fact I've been buying comics from incarnations of them both since I was 12 years old and they had shops in Dinkytown. I'll be 30 next year.

    There is also Big Brain in Downtown Mpls., which is great in a lot of ways, but what bugs me about them is they no longer have a "new this week" rack or even a list up, only "NEW" tabs amongst their collection, so I always miss something I would have bought otherwise.

    Midway Books in Saint Paul is all right too, but again its not easy to find what you're looking for.

    RIP Shinders, but they were never the best anyway. They were plentiful, though.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    @harchangel: As I mentioned above, is doing right by me so far. You have to order from Previews, which means putting in your order 2 months before you see any actual product. Once you get a couple orders in the pipeline, though, you get used to it. They also let you do everything from weekly to monthly shipping at pretty good rates.

    If you aren't interested in floppies, just order trade paperback collections from Amazon or some such. Whatever you may think of them, Amazon has generally good prices and selection on comics collections. There's also (and their partner for doing monthly orders).

    Hope that's helpful.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    I buy at Carol and John's Comics here in Cleveland. A bit of a local institution. Some of the best service that I've ever gotten in a comic store.

    They were even used for one of the comic shops in the movie of American Splendor.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
    We plugging comic book stores now? Okay, I'm obligated to post this:

    because...that's me shop it is.

    We're a small shop in a dinky little Kentucky college town, but we try our damnedest to get what our customers want, and we even run out to the neighboring comic book stores to hunt down some stuff...
    oh yeah, and my husband is a walking pop culture encyclopedia. Ask him just about anything... We also tend to get lots of insider info from a few friendly sources.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
    I'll have to agree with Sharla about DreamHaven, I mail order a lot of things from them.

    I'll concede that That's Entertainment and Comicopia are great, but my hands-down favourite of all shops in Mass. has to be <a href="">Million Year Picnic</a>. Best service, friendliest staff.