Well, my appeal for info on good European comic shops got a very quick response from two CBO regulars -Sebchoq (France) and Subzero (Germany).
Here is Subzero’s recommendations:
“For german comicshops, my new one is the SAMMLERECKE at www.sammlerecke.de which is a pretty big comicshop. They have one shop in Koblenz, one in Nürtingen ( where I first went to when I was studying art ) and the shop in Esslingen, which is the one I go to now. They have three floors and I always say if you can´t find a certain comic there you probably won´t find it very easy.
At the bottom floor they have the back issues but you better know what you are looking for or else you might get lost in all the comics you can find. Another thing I like is that they buy second hand comics and they also have a section where they sell second hand comics. They used to give them at 50 % percent off but now they are selling them by weight which is a steal when it comes to hardcovers. I once got a whole pile of comics from crosscult. They do the german version of THE GOON, SIN CITY and ANDRAX here and usually you pay around 16 or 18 EUROS for one. But there were a lot with only slight defficiencies ( in one ANDRAX book for example the inside part was printed upside down which – apart from looking pretty stupid on the subway – is not too big of a problem ) and I think I payed around 6 or 7 EUROS for each one. I even got 4 from the HELÖLBOY spin – off B.U.A.P. of which I only had read the first one but now I´m really into. Hmm, maybe I should write about that.
When I was in Spain for a few months ( looking for a job ) I didn´t have much money so I ordered some comics from them because I could pay that via my bank account in Germany. They sent me the comics without problems and it was cheaper than having comics sent to Germany from Spain. I don´t know why but they charge you an arm and a leg as they say down here.
Anyway, the Sammlerecke is a good shop. My criteria for a shop is always if I spent as much money as I had planned. In a good comicshop you will always go a bit over your original budget because you found so many good stuff. In a bad comicshop you will go in planning to spend 50 bucks and come out with 20 bucks to spare.
The only thing where I have to be unfaithful is that sometimes they don´t have comics that I don´t have on my subscription. They don´t have a big sortiment of american comics for people who just walk into the store and don´t have a pull list.
If there is something I need in addition to my usual comic diet I go to german online comic stores. The first one is Blackdog Comic in Berlin at www.blackdog.de which most times has everything I need but is a bit expensive on back issues ( it´s where I got the NEXT MEN issues from ).
The second one is Andi´s Comic Express at www.comicexpress.de and the name is appropiate. Once I ordered some comics from them and after only 2 days I got them ! They are not so expensive on back issues but sometimes they don´t have all the comics I want. So mostly when I have to order some comics online I compare prices because there are differences there.
Now I know what you are thinking ? I have been reading comics for more than 30 years now ( probably ) and there are only 3 comicshops I would call good – and 2 of those are online shops ?
Of course I know more, the problem is they keep closing down. The comicshop in Stuttgart COMICS PUR was pretty good but they closed down. There is the FANTASY STRONGHOLD in Ludwigsburg but they mostly have german comics so I only buy the occasional CASE CLOSED manga there. Or at the THALIA bookstore in Ludwigsburg where you can get a lot of CROSSCULT comics.
There was JUERGEN´S COMIC SHOP in Munich which was the first REAL comicshop I went to ( spent 100 Mark there on american comics at my first visit ) when I did my military service but I have heard it has since closed down or it has changed it´s name and the old owner died and his son is now managing it or somewhat. I haven´t been to Munich lately. I had heard that some cusstomers complained that the personell was rude but they always were nice to me and sometimes even let me stay a few min utes after closing time to rummage through the comic boxes.”
Sebchoq sent me so much that’ll be in a seperate post to follow.
Remember, whatever part of Europe you are in let me know about local events and shops -I was asked about Poland so I’ll need to check into that.
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