Comics & More
1325 Danforth Ave
Awesomely kid-friendly and well-lit, we walked away from this store feeling great about the future of comics.
Wider aisles, clear floors and nicely organized merchandise make this store pleasant and more accessible than most others. However, a small step up to the shop may be an issue for customers in wheelchairs, or those using other mobility devices.
Comics & More wowed us with its strong emphasis on young readers. Not only do they carry a wide variety of kid-oriented titles, they merchandise smartly, stocking them on lower shelves, and on tables at kid’s eye level. But they also go the extra mile by venturing out to local elementary schools to actually host book fairs and presentations about comics, making the transition from picture books to comics, natural and easy.
Another bright spot was the variety of price points represented. They have something for everyone, with cheaper digests, trades, variant covers, premier editions and hardcovers. And while the shelving was a little messy, the rate at which we stumbled upon books we were interested in made up for it. Some signed Jeff Lemire comics were a nice addition. Comics & More is primarily a Western comics store, with a limited selection of manga and anime. Toys and merchandise take up only a tiny part of the store, with the focus being overwhelmingly on monthly comics, superhero trades, graphic novels and indie comics.
This is an ideal store for readers just getting into comics, or just getting serious about comics – the shift from casual reader, to working for Wednesdays, is made easy here, with a list of the current week’s new titles posted on the wall, as well as those from the previous and coming week. The counter is stocked with business cards and flyers for local events, and a big “thank you” poster from local students who’d been treated to a Comics & More presentation. This store, and the staff, really showcases the community side of comics fandom.
The man behind the counter–the owner–was friendly, well-informed, and genuinely interested and engaged in growing his business and customer-base. We had a good conversation with him about the state of the industry, and how he met the challenge of getting kids (and teens) reading comics, and getting them into the store. It was nice to get a retailer’s perspective on issues like comics going digital, and Marvel’s push into the bookstore market, with manga-style digests.
Comics & More is a forward-thinking, professional operation, that’s also welcoming, relaxing and decently stocked.
It’s hard to explain but we just came out of this store feeling good.