“Slangin' comics since 1977!”
Austin Books has been in business since 1977 and has gone through many changes. Originally called Austin Books & Fantasy, we have added Science Fiction and Comics to our pedigrees. We are now almost exclusively a comic book store, although we still have our old sign with a unicorn on it out front and we are comfortable with that. The bookshelves are lined up by company, creator or genre. Within each section, they are aligned by family. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance - Brad does all the time. Central Texas’ biggest, longest-running comics and pop culture retailer, Austin Books & Comics has been helping fans discover their favorite comics since 1977. Austin Books is a multiple Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retail finalist, and was inducted into the Austin Chronicle's 'Best Of'’ Hall of Fame. The Austin Chronicle has referred to Austin Books & Comics as “the Library of Alexandria of comics,” while Ain’t It Cool News says that Austin Books is the “one-stop shop for anything comic related.”
The parking is a little odd and tricky. We went to the lot behind the main store and saw a few other "sidekick" stores. We started with the farthest store; a collection of comics, stuffed toys and typical items with expensive items to fill the walls. The next stop was the game store, laughed with the employees over a silly greeting, found a wonderful amount of games including vintage ones, tables for game testing....a good experience. Then there was a gallery store...this place ticked me off because the only thing that had a price tag was the poster replicants of the art on the walls. There was a nice lobby with vaguely recognizable pop culture art books but no indication of price and for a second I was convinced that is was a library that wanted to keep the books from being checked out. The employees ignored everyone. Then we went to the main store (at least I think it was the main one, the whole setup of the deja vu and comics and mini figurines had made me dizzy by then). It was a great store, great collection and will lovingly drop by to stare at Hulks junk (yep massive statue in the back of the place) and buy something if I knew exactly what I wanted.
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Austin Books & Comic Sidekick Store
- Thu, Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Wed: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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