Freelance writer, science student and incurable smart aleck.
Published November 25th 2012
Where does one go in the hunt for comic books? You may be new to collecting, looking for a gift for somebody or just looking for a new haunt. Either way, they can sometimes be a little tricky to track down. There are dozens of comic book stores located in various parts of the city itself. To save you the hassle of finding and visiting them all, here is a list of some of the most well stocked and helpful stores around.
The customer service at this store is some of the best I have ever received. Although smaller than some of the other players in the market, what they lack in space they more than make up for in product knowledge. Selection wise, it's pretty good. If you're looking for something, odds are these guys will have it and know more about it than you ever could. If not, they will endeavor to get it for you. Price wise, they are great as well. Not sure what you're after? The guys here are more than happy to make recommendations. It's almost impossible to walk out of this shop without something new to read and vowing to return, and that is never a bad thing.
Often scoffed at by my fellow nerdiods, regarded as some to be akin to the geek Kmart. Some say the selection is too broad and varied to be counted as a comic book store, the staff are too rude and the merchandise overpriced. I, on the otherhand, have experienced none of that.
Yes, the selection and types of merchandise may be pretty immense (the shop is HUGE) but I find it great. It definetly caters for most pop cultural requirements/tastes. Whether you're after the latest issue of MAD magazine or a poly resin cast of Patrick Stewart's head, you'll find it here. Prices are reasonable and one could literally spend hours in there and still find something awesome to add to the 'want list'.
Technically Comics R Us is three stores, one on Chapel St - Windsor, Bourke St - Melbourne and Maroondah Hwy in Ringwood. For the sake of this article though, I shall place them all under the same banner. I have been to all three stores and found them all to be great. The guys in Chapel St are super friendly and always happy to make recommendations and discuss the latest episode of Dr Who (men after my own hearts!) Selection is fantastic in both the Bourke and Chapel stores. The customer service is fantastic in all three and are more than happy to order things in if they don't have it onhand. Turnaround is amazingly quick too (the guy in Ringwood managed to get the imported collectors edition Invader Zim box set to me within five days. No easy feat.)
Hidden in the industrial buildings near Bayswater Railway station, I actually passed this everyday on the way to work for about a year without ever knowing it was there. A kind of secret comic book store with a range that will surprise. Offering open gaming in the showroom two Sundays a month as well, this is no ordinary place. Definetly worth checking out!
This place makes me feel nostalgic. Could be because the shop is set out more like a second hand record store than a comic shop. For that alone, this place is charming! Has an amazing range of older comics for collectors after that ever elusive missing comic in the series. Also a pretty impressive range of figurines and collectables. Couldn't recommend highly enough for those in the Northern Suburbs (or those who like idea idea of riding a tram from the city to get there.)
Buying comics in Moonee Ponds was my childhood. This store sells all manner of new and old comics, graphic novels, trading cards and figurines. I could be biased based on our long love affair, but definitely one to check out. Shall not disappoint. Great selection, good prices and knowledgeable staff.
I visited All Star Comics on the advice of this column, and it didn't disappoint. This store is awesome - great range and the staff are very helpful. The only thing is, its just round the corner from where I work so I have to resist temptation on a daily basis.
Agree with everything written about these comic book stores, however, I wouldn't go anywhere near Minotaur as they're overpriced and there is no customer service there at all. Another store worth looking at would be Lobo's Comics And Collectables in Northcote, and Classic Comics on Bourke Street