The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Places to Buy Comics
Houston is quickly becoming a hub of geek society. Sure, you can find all kinds of high art to explore, but some of us just want a safe place to play Friday Night Magic and find out what Deadpool is up to (Shenanigans with a chance of buffoonery in the evening). So if you've been looking for a place to call your pop-culture home, please try out these highly recommended comic shop stops.
Photo by Abby Koenig Jeremy Bulloch, owner of 8th Dimension Comics
10. R and R Comics
13449 Woodforest Blvd.
As a poor Galena Park lad myself, I can tell you that finding any place east of Montrose for geek culture is damn near impossible. R and R Comics is the only store I've ever seen out that way. It's a pretty standard setup with gaming, new issues, etc, but a boon to my people out that way who have no other option.
For our friends up north in The Woodlands, you can't do better than Fat Ogre. While they don't have the most extensive comic selection on this list, they sport some of the finest gaming setups available. Their miniature selection and game nights are particularly excellent. Whovians especially should make it a point to drop in as sometimes Fat Ogre sells Doctor Who Monopoly!
8. Pop Culture Company
11319 Katy Fwy.
Pop Culture Company is a great "starter store" for people looking to get into comics and not blow their entire paycheck. Their staff is super helpful, and they offer a constant 20 percent discount on storage supplies so you can concentrate on splurging on the actual books. Back issues sell for $1 in most cases, they price match any advertised special and Wednesday is "happy hour" for reduced-price single issues. Their selection of new and vintage collectibles is also top-notch. So much for not blowing your paycheck.
Photo by Mark Britain Captain America comic book No. 1, in near mint quality. Value: $85,000.
There's always so much going on at the annual convention that people forget you can actually buy a huge amount of comics there. Vendors from all over Texas and beyond bring any and everything they think they can find a buyer for, and negotiation is always an option. It costs money to get in, of course, but if you like to save up and spend a weekend really getting your money's worth filling in your collection and finding new books, then make sure you pencil in the last weekend in May.
6. Books-a-Million (Katy Mills)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
I'm going strictly by word of mouth here as I don't venture too often to Katy for fear of contracting that disease that makes you unable to leave Katy, but a Facebook poll yielded a great deal of love for the Books-a-Million in the Katy Mills Mall. Their manga and trade paperback collection is supposed to be very, very impressive, not to mention they run a slightly better rewards program than Barnes & Noble does. Also, sometimes storm troopers visit, and anything that's good enough for the Galactic Empire should be good enough for you.