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6 Places to Buy Comic Books in Melbourne

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by Charelle (subscribe)
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.

All Star Comics



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.

Address: 1/410 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9642 0071
Opening Hours
Weekends: 11am-5pm
Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday 12pm-6pm
Wednesday-Friday 10am-7pm
Website www.allstarcomics.com.au


Minotaur

Minotaur logo from www.minotaur.com.au


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'.

Address: 121 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Phone: (03)9670 5414
Opening Hours:
Sunday - 11am-5pm
Monday -Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday 9am-6pm


Comics R Us

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.)

Chapel Store:
Address: 114 Chapel Street
Windsor
Phone: (03) 9510 1584
Website: www.comicsrus.com.au
Opening Hours
Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm


Melbourne Store:
Address: 1/220 Bourke Street
Melbourne
Phone (03) 9663 8666
Opening Hours:
Monday: 11am - 6pm
Tuesday: 12pm- 6pm
Wed: 11am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 7pm[/b]
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday:12pm - 5pm


Ringwood Store
Address: 112 Maroondah Highway Ringwood
Phone: (03) 9870 3841
Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday: closed


Alternate Worlds



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!

Address: 11 / 13 Malvern Street, Bayswater
Phone: (03) 9738 2662
Website www.alternateworlds.com.au/
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday 12pm - 7pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Gaming Sundays twice per Month: 12pm-5pm


Evil Empire Comics

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.)

Address: 36 Sydney Road, Coburg
Phone: (03) 9386 8885 ‎
[Opening Hours:
Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday:closed
Wednesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-5pm


Collectors Edge Comics

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.

Address: 14 Everage Street Moonee Ponds
Phone: (03) 9372 9231
Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 5:45pm
Saturday: 10:30am - 3:30pm


Know of any other comics stores you believe should be on the list? Please, do add them below. Lets see if we can't create a definitive list and share the knowledge.
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Thanks for the list, I'm visiting Melbourne next week and my family is keen on visiting some of the comic stores. :) This is very helpful!
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|451) 2437 days ago
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.
by trent (score: 0|3) 2042 days ago
All Star Comics is the best of the lot. They are now getting in more vintage toys and collectibles too and their trade paperback collection is amazing.
by jakit (score: 0|3) 2024 days ago
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
by thomm (score: 0|3) 1970 days ago
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