A guide to Austin’s comics specialty shops

1:34 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 Austin360 Home
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The much-anticipated release of Marvel Comics' "Amazing Spider-Man" issue No. 583 brought crowds to Austin Books and Comics at 5002 N. Lamar Blvd. in 2009.

New to Austin and wondering where to get your weekly comics fix, fill out your trade paperback collection and flip through back issues? Here is a guide to Austin’s comic book specialty shops. 

Note: This list contains ONLY comic book shops. Comics and graphic novels can be found at many Austin stores selling new and used books, including BookPeople and any Barnes and Noble or Half Price Books location.

This Austin comics icon just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Home to an excellent selection of new comics, walls of graphic novels, toys and the only serious back issues selection in Austin, ABC is the perfect store if you want virtually nothing but comics in front of your face. 

ABC has several sister stores in the same mall: Guzu Gallery, which has higher-end vinyl sculptures and toys and a good selection of art books; Outlaw Moon, a store selling tabletop strategy games, role-playing games and toys; and the totally excellent Austin Books Sidekick Store, in which you can find thousands of dollar back issues and half-off collections.

Left to right, Rebecca Gamble, Tesia Krzeminski andDiana Birdsong attend a Harry Potter wand making class put on by The Worthwich School at Dragon's Lair on July 1st, 2017. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

This massive store is as much games store as a comics store, full of big tables on which there are often weekend tournaments for various strategy, role-playing or card games. They stock a full range of comics. Back issues tend to be limited to the past couple of months.

This non-profit store shares a space with the Austin Toy Museum and serves a small selection of beer in addition to a small selection of comics. 

A nice, full-service comics and cards shop. Plenty of new books, about eight long boxes of back issues and a Silver Age selection behind the counter. 

One of two rock-solid stores serving Austin’s northern suburbs. A good selection of contemporary stuff and back issues going perhaps a year back.

The OTHER rock-solid store serving Austin’s northern suburbs. Nice layout in this place, good selection of books. 

Folks playing games at Tribe (photo: Tribe)

Another one for South Austin. Tribe has plenty of new comics, lots of graphic novels on various island-ish shelves throughout the store and about six or so months worth of back issues. There’s also often local geek-oriented art for sale on the wall (think paintings of Pickle Rick and Batman -- not together, mind you, but on the same wall).

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