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    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.41)
    Million Year Picnic. Best service, friendliest staff.


    I must respectfully disagree with that. I've had some pretty negative experiences with the staff there. Nothing blatant, just given some unfriendly looks, spoken to in annoyed tones. The first time I thought it was my imagination, the second time I began to wonder about it, if they just thought I was a n00b or because I'm female. But then the third time it was a Scott McCloud signing, so they couldn't have thought I was n00b. And then my boyfriend told me he'd had similar experiences, so it couldn't have because I'm female. Although (and this might explain things) my boyfriend said that it was always the same guy with him. I never really noticed who it was, but it might have been the same guy with me. And to be fair, I've had just as many neutral-to-good experiences there, but it happened often enough that I stopped going there whenever I meander around Harvard Square. It just really frustrates me, because everyone else besides my boyfriend seems to love it as much as you do, and I really want to know why I haven't been so lucky :(
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.42)
    I'm sorry to hear that. I actually prefer the stand-offish, plain spoken sales people. It's why I prefer Hijinx out here over Black Cat. Black Cat has a very, very enthusiastic, very, very friendly staff. I'm not good at that sort of interaction. They're reasonably patient with the fact I can't get my words straight or look them in the eye, but it tends to be an awkward conversation.

    Million Year Picnic was/is my favourite because they know to leave me the hell alone, or give me a hard time when I'm in my better moods. It's hard to explain.

    <a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=189441326">-Z</a>
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    @mrkvn:

    Thanks for the link to online comics. Here our local comic shop is run by a troll who I dislike giving my money to. I wish someone would replace him, but new businesses can't compete in the current economic situation. The last one to try did not make it because this area can't support two such businesses. So, it's him or an hour drive to another store that is a shadow of its former self. It's hard to rationalize spending $15 on gas to travel to it, so I've been looking for other options.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.44)
    erudite_ogre

    I've got one of those locally myself. I went in only once. He wouldn't take his eyes off an American football match on his television set to actually assist me with anything. His store was a typical Magic the Gathering & anime figurine selling fanboy hole. Lots of mylar baggies, few graphic novels.

    It gave me the impression of taking candy from babies. Or selling it. Whichever.

    I never went back. I should reiterate that I like Hijinx in CA. It's more like a bookstore, but for graphic novels.

    -Z
  2.  (171.45)
    If you happen to be passing through Washington, D.C., stop at Big Planet Comics, in the Georgetown neighborhood. It's a truly excellent comic shop intended for thinking readers. Hardwood bookshelves alphabetized by author, full of almost exclusively graphic novels, albums, and trade paperbacks. The guys who work there are people with educations that served them well, who can carry on intelligent conversations and who treat their customers with politeness and respect. The store is clean and friendly. The place manages, without having to really emphasize the point, to communicate the idea that the establishment is one dedicated to people who read and think. What could be better?
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.46)
    If you happen to be passing through Washington, D.C., stop at Big Planet Comics, in the Georgetown neighborhood. It's a truly excellent comic shop intended for thinking readers. Hardwood bookshelves alphabetized by author, full of almost exclusively graphic novels, albums, and trade paperbacks. The guys who work there are people with educations that served them well, who can carry on intelligent conversations and who treat their customers with politeness and respect. The store is clean and friendly. The place manages, without having to really emphasize the point, to communicate the idea that the establishment is one dedicated to people who read and think. What could be better?
    Sounds great. I should mention that the SF Bay Area's Lee's Comics also has a whole section of trades shelved by author, or at least they did when I frequented them, and I wish more stores did.
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      CommentAuthorgwferguson
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.47)
    In Richmond, VA we have three stores suckling at my bank account, Dave's Comics, Velocity Comics, and my personal fave, Stories, which also has a HUGE used bookstore attached and just happens to be on my way home from work.
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      CommentAuthormrkvm
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007
     (171.48)
    RE: Million Year Picnic. A good friend of mine made that his shop for the several years he lived in the Boston area and always had good things to say. I had a chance to visit once and thought it was a great store with a very nice staff.
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    I shopped at 1MYP a looong time ago, and always found it to be fine. One thing I do miss about living in a centrally isolated town is a good comic shop.

    @Z:

    It's not even that. It's called a comics shop, but the proprietor is a jerk and people only get their stuff their out of laziness or addiction. He gets by via his stranglehold on the local trade. I can hardly go in there because I know he is profiting off of hordes of fanlings and doesn't deserve to do so.
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    @ Flabyo:

    I was down in Guildford last month and was going to visit that odd shed-like comic shop but it was closed. Might try again when I'm there in a week or so. Maybe they'll be open this time...

    If I end up moving down there it could be my local one, so I want a good poke around in there. To be honest I'm tempted to just go 'mail order' with Page 45 if I move down there, as it stands I have to buy a £6.30 train ticket to get my comics so £5 postage wouldn't be an issue. Or maybe I'll use Gosh in London.

    Moving comic shops might be the most traumatic thing about the move down south if I make it...
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      CommentAuthormjk4219
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (171.51)
    From my mountaintop shack in the Poconos, I'm restricted to the internet and the one shelf of comics in the back of most bookstores these days. I'd gladly change this, if anyone could recommend anything within an hour's drive.
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    I'm a "horrible" customer because I spend my money everywhere and nobody can predict what I'm going to buy or which comics I like because my tastes are too diverse.

    There are 3 local comic shops and I've spent money at all 3, but I usually stick to one or two. There are 2 chain bookstores I sometimes buy a manga or non-superhero books from. There is an out of town store I have an account with, it's a pre-pay with massive discount. I also regularly visit Toronto (especially from Spring to Fall) and end up spending money at The Beguiling among other stores. I also drop a lot of money at conventions and the various dealers there.
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      CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
     (171.53)
    My shop of choice is Lost World of Wonders in Milwaukee, WI. They have a wall full of trades, a floor full of back issues and they are always on top of my monthly orders. A great shop if you live in the area.

    lostwonders.com

    Check 'em out, it's where I spend all my cash.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
     (171.54)
    Another Twin Cities dweller here, Big Brain is my preferred stop, though Dreamhaven is a close second.

    In the 4+ years I've lived in the Cities, I've been to the Source exactly once... for gaming. Doesn't seem like a bad place, and everyone else seems to love it, but to me it felt more like a shop that has comics in it than a comics shop. I suppose I could give it another shot as my new apartment makes things a bit more reasonable for getting there, but then Midway Comics says "Hey, look at me, I'm right on the way!"

    Meanwhile, Big Brain is nothing but comics(and comics paraphenalia) catering to all my needs. I don't mind digging the racks for the new stuff either, as I'm never a fast shopper anyhow, and it gives me time to listen to their great indie/punk background music(and with winter here, thaw).

    And Dreamhaven? Dreamhaven is sort of what my dream library would look like, except that I have to pay for what I want out of it. A decent amount of comics space for both capes and indie, but both dwarfed by a massive selection of sci-fi/fantasy/pulp literature and goodies. They'll typically get the nod for the week's run if I've got a book or two that I'm looking for as well, which usually ends up being every 3rd or 4th week.

    It's a shame Shinders imploded(hooray for meth! :|), even though I'd been bypassing it for Big Brain/Dreamhaven for a while(due to poorer selection), it was still nice to be able to walk a few blocks to get a comics fix.
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
     (171.55)
    in Dallas I am lucky to have Zeus comics. It's a great shop with great people.

    Zeus Comics
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
     (171.56)
    Here in the Sacramento area we have a lot of good shops to choose from.

    I usually go to 2 different shops each week: Worlds Best Comics and Toys and Empire Comics Vault

    If I have to pick one it is Empire Comics as they have just about everything that gets released, while Worlds best is really all about Marvel and DC.
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      CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
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    • CommentAuthorgrenacia
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
     (171.58)
    pi8you, The Source gets a good selection of comics in, including the indies, and they have decent racks of back issues and trades. They obviously have focuses aside from comics, but the comics don't seem to suffer for it. I wouldn't say it's as awesome as Dreamhaven, but for picking up your weekly comics, I'd say it serves well if it's the geographically convenient option.

    As for Midway, I lived right near it for awhile. One week I knew a new issue of Fell was out, but couldn't find it in the store. I asked one of the guys about it, and he found it behind the counter. It was either late Wednesday evening or Thursday evening, and I thought, if you can't put the comics out where I can find them, I'm not coming here anymore.
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      CommentAuthorParkaboy
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007 edited
     (171.59)
    Magnum Opus, a store thats built in a old, rather scary, house which smells like my crazy aunts house. But I do love it so.
    http://magnumopusonline.com/
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      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2007
     (171.60)
    Travelling Man, Newcastle. Helpful, lovely and friendly but, crucially, not too friendly.

    I have nothing for praise for Asylum in Aberdeen, Scotland from back when I lived there.

    And when in Belfast, I used to hit Dark Horizons but it's been a while and I'm not sure it's still there.