What was it like to go to a comic book store in the 90's and 2000's?

What was it like to go to a comic book store in the 90's and 2000's?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    More like going to an old record store than a modern LCS. No colorful rows of Funko and manga volumes. No wall of t shirts of every variety and giant glass display cases with mugs and statues. Almost completely no frills. Low light. Row after row of worn, dusty long boxes held together by yellowing tape. A small wall of the relatively meager weekly new releases. The enigmatic owner, a guy your dad's age, with grey silver hair, ringing you up.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, exactly.

      Sometimes there'd be a table in the middle with the old grognard style neck beard nerds playing D&D.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Met her back in the day.

        Those places never lasted. Surest sign that a LCS was doomed was if it was opened by a guy and his friends so they'd have a place to play Magic or whatever.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I dunno, there was one in the Seattle U-district that was there for like 20 years. And in the long run, all the shops that are left sell magic or Funko pops to actually pay the bills.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Those places never lasted. Surest sign that a LCS was doomed was if it was opened by a guy and his friends so they'd have a place to play Magic or whatever.
          Watched it happen to three different LCS/LGS. They went from being pretty okay game stores, to stocking more random tourist crap (mugs and shirts with big city and sports team shit on them), to just being a place where about 3-5 fat disgusting homosexuals, all of whom may or may not be employees or close friends with the owner, sat around all day fricking with MtG cards and warding off customers, because the disgusting fricks would take their shoes off and prop their feet up on the empty chairs.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Sounds pretty comfy and kino to be honest, I saw this a few years at the game store when I took my little brother to get a game and it was 5 dudes just chilling, and the 1 guy that worked there ringing up shit at the counter. It's not a bad gig for nerds was probably super comfy in the 90s

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Comfy if you like the smell of feet and being given the stink eye by the employees because you want to know if the store stocks anything but MtG cards and doritos.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >because you want to know if the store stocks anything but MtG cards and doritos
                I'd give you the stink eye too if you couldn't take 5mins to walk around first

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mine was like going to a mall ninja store. That is bright and full of books.

      https://i.imgur.com/pTHMVfS.jpg

      What was it like to go to a comic book store in the 90's and 2000's?

      Go to a gaming store that does campagins or vidya. Its about the same minus the Funko pops.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds like mine, love the fact that it's run by some 70 year old guy that owns the building.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      fpbp. This was always my exact experience whenever I stopped by any comic store.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      God frick I wish I could relive that experience.
      Coming in out of the scorching midday sun with the entire city smelling like fumes and hot asphalt. That old-school bell at the door instead of an electronic beep, and the door was heavy and cumbersome. Inside it's always dusk with the storefront windows partially or wholly covered by old promotional posters, window clings and tall displays holding sunfaded old collected comics that nobody would buy if they brought them back into the store. The owner would say hi, I knew him by name and he wasn't an unpleasant man at all, even if he was near retirement age, nearly bald with a ring of hair and a ponytail in the back. Overweight, usually with a hawaiian shirt in the summer or some loud t-shirt. The interior smell is indescribable, a mix of dust and cardboard mixed with other things I could never identify. It smelled homely, not like a store but like stepping into somebody's apartment. There were comics on metal shelves showing new releases, same as today, but there weren't that many of them and it was for the most part a totally different flora of titles than today. Sure, Spider-Man, Batman and the X-Men were there just like today, but there was so much other weird shit that's long-dead or kept alive only by nostalgia. Colorful covers of comics that looked terrible and probably were, but still had an insane energy on them.

      But the real treasure for me were the longboxes. I can feel the sensation of trying to page through them, moving the bagged and boarded comics even though the boxes were deformed and sometimes falling apart. A vague alphabetical order but often titles would be lumped into big, indeterminate stacks under a letter rather than arranged so you could find them. I always felt a nervousness as I paged through each one, since I knew that odds were that I wouldn't find all the issues I was looking for. I was in there for hours, sometimes. Usually barely talking to any other customer or the owner.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mine double-dipped into sports memorabilia, so there were framed baseball cards and stuff all over the place. They got into Pokemon cards too back in 99/00.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Plus the sports cards here. Before my favorite shop closed up they bought out the store front next door, brought in all kinds of arcade cabinets, but couldn't cut it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You went to a shitty LCS. Good ones always had toys and statues and shirts. I remember as a boy seeing a shirt for Alien that had a rubber chest burster popping out of it. The way I used to tell a good LCS from a bad LCS was how much they devoted to fanzines and indie titles. Everyone carried Hate and Eightball and Bone and Milk & Cheese but if you could find off-beat stuff that Wizard didn't tell you to read, you knew you found a good one.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, anon. That was one hell of a memory trip.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >No colorful rows of Funko and manga volumes. No wall of t shirts of every variety and giant glass display cases with mugs and statues.
      Mine had all of that (except Funko) when I last visited in 2007ish before they moved. There was definitely a lot less manga and a lot more comics/comics-related paraphernalia then, though.

      https://i.imgur.com/pTHMVfS.jpg

      What was it like to go to a comic book store in the 90's and 2000's?

      Somewhat cramped, semi-basement. Furnishings like a Navy Exchange, if anyone knows what that feels like. Almost always the only person in there, sometimes even the cashier isn't anywhere to be found. Perfect for me to internally jerk off to the newest Hulk.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >The enigmatic owner, a guy your dad's age, with grey silver hair, ringing you up.
      Craig was a cool dude.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mine all had MtG and Baseball card displays. Like, they didn't just have counters, they had lit up glass display cases filled with $100 pieces of cardboard. And around when Spawn #1 there were giant event displays, driven by comic book speculation. Daredevil Fall from Grace, Death of Superman, probably that Batman thing that happened (I don't remember it specifically). Every new Image book with a hologram cover had a huge display near the front. It sucked.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      literally my old LCS if you added the wall of vintage, new-in-package action figures

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        God damn thats a lot of floppy boxes.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That doesn't look like an old picture at all.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      my bet is this is some personal of interest or e-celeb Op is trying to bait us into talking about, like pretty much every time someone on here starts a thread with a question, but since nobody knows who the frick it is it didn't work and he's a homosexual

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You really think that's what your lives legacy would be? A Cinemaphile nostalgia gay thread

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's just Felicia Day. She's the creator of the Guild, which is the comics she's holding.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Its from 14 years ago, so its older than some posters.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You went there to see what is published. Maybe search for old good books. Back than Wizard amagazin or Previews order book was important to know what exists.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    IIRC the only local comic book shop I attended semi regularly eventually changed their focus to sell manga and the newest waves of Yugioh/Pokemon cards with weekly weekend tournaments being hosted there. The last time I went there before the owners moved to a place with cheaper rent for them was early 2012 and by that point it was simply accurate to call it a hobby shop instead of a comic book one, you simply did not see any comics outside of manga and some local fanzines made by local artists.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mine switched to mostly manga( which is not necessarly bad for me) but still has a lot of the essential old comics. No funko pop homosexualry or /tg/ stuff fortunately.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, the only comic book store I regularly went to was as much a MtG shop as a comic store (granted, I went there for MtG myself).

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's always a unicorn in the woods experience when you find a beautiful girl in a game or comic book store

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      She's not attractive and she's also some z-list celebrity who probably wrote (read: had that ghost written for her) that comic.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        In 2024 she's attractive, but dude just imagine going back to 1998-98 and chilling with her in your room playing planescape or everquest on your windows XP, while she lies on your bed listening to grunge and house music and ape escape and you've mcdonalds with mulan schezuan BBQ sauce for the chicken nuggets and the large fries. Imagine her just kissing and you and stuff and just cuddling, and yeah she's a bit unkempt but in a way that adds to her charm. Then imagine having sex with her while hearing the super smash character select screen music playing too and n64 then you guys are go to the zoo afterwards. She's also started reading the Bible and now she's slowly converting to Christianity and trying to ween you off pre marital sex but not in a blue balling way.

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        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          homie what the frick are you talking about? SHUT THE FRICK UP!

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You just described the best day of my life that NEVER happened

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Szechuan sauce
          Your bait sucks/does not whip the Llama's ass

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Are you gay or something?

          Did Whedon frick her?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Whedon wasn't anywhere near 60 when he had that power, although I would not be surprised

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Have sex asap

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Are you gay or something?

          [...]
          She's okay at a glance, but look at her for longer than a few moments and you start to realize how dead and vacant her eyes are. How forced and unnatural her smile is. I get why people might look at a slim, normal looking redhead and call her attractive, but the more you see of her and how she acts and the fact that she was fricking a 60 year old man to advance her career. She's another husk used up by the entertainment industry.

          She's objectively ugly. You have shit taste.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Are you gay or something?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Are you gay or something?

        She's okay at a glance, but look at her for longer than a few moments and you start to realize how dead and vacant her eyes are. How forced and unnatural her smile is. I get why people might look at a slim, normal looking redhead and call her attractive, but the more you see of her and how she acts and the fact that she was fricking a 60 year old man to advance her career. She's another husk used up by the entertainment industry.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          you're mentally ill

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Sorry to hear you've developed a parasocial attachment for a used up husk of a human being.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Smelly.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    when I still went to LCS in 2004, I'm just in there for the small manga section. The American comics that are not really popular are hard to follow since the available issues are usually #13, 24, 19 etc.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My two comic books sources were really nice in their own way
    1) Nostalgia Comics of Eugene, Oregon ( i am not doxxing myself that much I just said screw it i will say a real place) bottom floor of a multifloor building tucked in somehow even though it took most of the floor mad cozy
    smelled like fine paper and ink not overly musty at all just as good smelling as being surrounded by paper could be
    High priced clientele but didn't hate on me for being a kid but no blacks (I will be polite in case I got doxxed lmao wont say it in Cinemaphilespeak) trying to steal comics making it edgy
    There was a gigantic poster aisle you could buy all kinds of comic posts even some X Rated stuff but nothing too crazy but yeah boobs and ass and HR Giger
    Always some incredible obscure 70s R&B or 80s punk on the speakers (this was maybe 1992 I am fricking old)
    Glass security glass cases with truly good shit like 1960's Spider Man comics

    2) Whatever company got bought by Barnes and Noble and went bankrupt at a mall I can't remember they had a modest rack of comics but I only went there to eat Cinnabon and meet cute girls who worked there and got fantasy books and manga an occasional serious drama book my mom just wanted me reading

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      God frick I wish I could relive that experience.
      Coming in out of the scorching midday sun with the entire city smelling like fumes and hot asphalt. That old-school bell at the door instead of an electronic beep, and the door was heavy and cumbersome. Inside it's always dusk with the storefront windows partially or wholly covered by old promotional posters, window clings and tall displays holding sunfaded old collected comics that nobody would buy if they brought them back into the store. The owner would say hi, I knew him by name and he wasn't an unpleasant man at all, even if he was near retirement age, nearly bald with a ring of hair and a ponytail in the back. Overweight, usually with a hawaiian shirt in the summer or some loud t-shirt. The interior smell is indescribable, a mix of dust and cardboard mixed with other things I could never identify. It smelled homely, not like a store but like stepping into somebody's apartment. There were comics on metal shelves showing new releases, same as today, but there weren't that many of them and it was for the most part a totally different flora of titles than today. Sure, Spider-Man, Batman and the X-Men were there just like today, but there was so much other weird shit that's long-dead or kept alive only by nostalgia. Colorful covers of comics that looked terrible and probably were, but still had an insane energy on them.

      But the real treasure for me were the longboxes. I can feel the sensation of trying to page through them, moving the bagged and boarded comics even though the boxes were deformed and sometimes falling apart. A vague alphabetical order but often titles would be lumped into big, indeterminate stacks under a letter rather than arranged so you could find them. I always felt a nervousness as I paged through each one, since I knew that odds were that I wouldn't find all the issues I was looking for. I was in there for hours, sometimes. Usually barely talking to any other customer or the owner.

      Damn I tried to write this well but failed it was really hard to focus and concentrate for me but i get really moronic always with some dude chattering away on 2x youtube in the background

      You spoke to what evocative language I wanted to say. Going to that comics store for me was truly an experience every time.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks, I was going to write more but the limit hit me.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Borders?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >smell of paper
      frick yes this. the smell of new pages and the smell of old pages could be used as cologne or perfume

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Always some incredible obscure 70s R&B or 80s punk on the speakers

      This is what I remember from them. They always had weird obscure 70s-80s music playing in them, typically long out of print vinyl stuff.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the comic store i was also a book store with used books. so it was a wholesome place for me as prepubescent and a teenager because i would blow my chores money on stuff which forced me to question what i spent money on, which helped me develop taste, and my dad could walk to the back and get some 60s-80s sci fi books that i would read later in life

    yes i regret not buying magic the gathering cards, there were first edition cards still available. my dad even used one of the land cards as a bookmark in 1995 or 1996. i think it was a mountain land

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Kinda dim. Unique smell. Seemingly limitless options.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    GRIM

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    god damn that b***h is frickig gross. i like redheads and i would definetely push her ass out of the car if she tried something

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you're gay

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        naw, gay is rutting around in that. with that wierdo wil wheaton always being around

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They were like flea market stores, but in downtown. Almost always an old brick building, but the inside was loads of longboxes of old copies, with a new issue wall. The whole place smelled like a basement. They usually had a wall of figures, normally the obscure ones you were not going to find in a toy store, and sometimes a case full of opened toys from the 70s and 80s. Sometimes model kits were there too.

    Almost always kind of grimey places that smelled like old newsprint.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing turns me off more in a comic book store than a large area for people to play magic, pokemon, yugioh whatever. They are always loud obnoxius and smelly. Like just let me browse old books in peace.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      There was a shop in georgia that a no RPG rule. They never even sold them because they did not want the table of guys that play them all day.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I remember when nerds would simp for this woman. Simpler times.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was meh.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ugh what a gross b***h
    >Wait a minute...why do I hate this random gross b***h so much?
    >Is that...? Oh frick it is Felicia Day
    WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?! WHY AM I SO FINELY TUNED TO IDENTIFYING THIS GROSS b***h.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Everyone stared at women until they got uncomfortable and left. It was pretty based.

    The real kino though was reading comics at the 7-Eleven then getting a slushie and playing marvel fighting games.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >7-Eleven then getting a slushie and playing marvel fighting games.

      oh god i miss this time so much. arcade games and comics seemed like were everywhere

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It was truly a different time. When mom had to go to the nearby pharmacy, there was a giant card pack vending machine and I would Fleer Ultra Marvel cards. Whoever got a good holo would shit talk at school.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Someone asked what cons and discussion where like last night and the answer there is the same here, it was better because the people you'd meet in there where genuine fans and not people following trends or marketing shills.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It wasn’t any different than it is now. Nostalgiagays have managed to convince zoomers that the 90s/2000s were some magical place with fairies and pixie dust but in reality barring technological advances it wasn’t any different from today. Nothing ever changes, OP. Don’t let getting older scare you into convincing yourself living in the past is a good thing.
    >verification not required

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Zoomer spotted, Leave this thread is NOT FOR YOU, go play with your nintendy switch while us grown up remember the good ol days before you were frickin conceived

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I’m 36 years old and have been going to comic stores since before your mom was praying to God you’d end up a period. You need to let go of the past and look forward.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >You need to let go of the past and look forward.

          To what?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >To what?
            That’s just, sad anon. But you can’t build a future living in the past.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >36 years old
          >still going to comic book stores

          Haha, good one anon. No one would actually do this right, haha.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous
            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Nah, I download my comics.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No the 90’s was great because there were less fairies you fairy.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Comics aren't dead chuds!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It wasn’t any different than it is now.
      Man, why do you have to go an lie on the internet? What do you get out of this?
      Comic book stores are way WAY more based on manga, toys, and table top today then they ever were in the past. Thats not to say they didn't carry those things already but now comics are a very small part of "comic book stores. There is a very different culture that carries with it too because of this.
      I'm not even saying its bad, its all a reaction to western comics completely shitting the bed and stores needing to shift focus to stay afloat, but to say nothing has changed is fricking moronic.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Back in the 80's to 90's era, comics were what was selling off the shelves. There was other nerd shit, but aside from Magic it barely moved.
        Now the comics barely move, and the kitsch (and still Magic) are what keep the lights on.

        The vibe was always the same, some nerd running a poorly planned-out business to supply nerd shit to other nerds, barely making it.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine the smell

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    gamer girl feet

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I remember when this set was posted around. I still have it on an old hd.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Comic book stores are one of the weirdest retail outlets there are. They are massively dependent on good salesmanship combined with strong knowledge whilst simultaneously the industry is full of enthusiasts without any of the required skills. Other businesses can be full of teenagers or people with passing knowledge and get away with it fine because people need those general goods. Every comic store I have ever been in was a roulette between an affable "shoot the shit" kind of business guy who knew what books to get people interest in vs a smelly gross nerd ready to bite your head off at the slightest sign of disagreement. In the 90s something like 50% of shops closed after the crash happened and the past time really died a death. It honestly feels like that 50% was not even the bad shops. People will go into the fricking terrible shops just because it is the only local one. Having a good shop near you is a really good boon. Comic conversation died a death on the Internet, we have no real journalism and no one on Cinemaphile really talks comics but a good store owner fostering a good culture means you can really be shown the good books.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >In the 90s something like 50% of shops closed after the crash

      It was AT LEAST 2/3.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Got a source for that?

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