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The only certainties in life are death, taxes, and superhero movies. With more of these popping up every year, now is the best time to begin reading comics. Houston is a hotbed for all sorts of hobbies, and comic book shops prove to be a hobby melting pot. Whether you’re a social butterfly or a solo collector, these five shops will be sure to have something for the comic- and game-lover in you.
Located in North Houston near Humble, DNA Comics & Games provides an amazing selection of the newest comics with a card community that is always raring to play. The community gets together on select days to play Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and other games, as well as coming together to talk comics. DNA is an avid advertiser of regional tournaments, and the weekly card nights bring in many faces for some community bonding over card battles. Come for the comics but stay for this hotbed of card gaming. Overall, people looking to expand their horizons with comics or cards would be hard-pressed to find a better spot than DNA.
DNA Comics & Games, 20032 US-59 Humble, TX, USA +1 281 446 4131
In the heart of Houston, just west of the Galleria, is Bedrock City Comic Company. This shop features a wide assortment of back issues and novelty comic wearables, but the real beauty of Bedrock comes with its ties to Houston’s comic culture in general. On Bedrock’s website, you’ll find their calendar with events ranging from the national, like Batman Day, to promotions for Texas-based conventions to celebrations of new comics coming into the store. This spot waves Houston’s comic flag proudly. For the intermediate comic-reader who wants to find others to share their hobby with, this is a great place to look!
Bedrock City Comic Company, 6516 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX, USA +1 713 780 0675
Nestled just inside of the 610 Loop, Nan’s Games & Comics Too is the perfect example of a hole-in-the-wall comic shop. On the outside, it looks like a modest comic store, but the inside is full and ready to burst with all sorts of comic goodness! Back issues, statues, figures… and this is all just in one half of the store! Nan’s may be a little overwhelming for a newcomer, but the staff is there for more than just small talk; they have a way of gauging who walks in their doors and knowing just what to recommend. This spot is perfect for any fan willing to get down and dirty with the hobby, as even the most veteran of comic book fans may need help navigating this treasure trove of masks and spandex.
Nan’s Games & Comics Too, 2011 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX, USA +1 713 520 8700
Just to the west of the Beltway is The Pop Culture Company, the place for those with a budget and a plan in mind. The Pop Culture Company brings a neat and tidy aesthetic that reflects its customer base: readers who know what they want and want the least hassle. Its bread and butter is the matched sale prices and subscription plan. The Pop Culture Company will match any other comic book store’s sales, and its subscription service allows for readers to receive discounted books, so long as they know exactly what they want to get each month. This one-stop shop for your primary comic needs provides peace of mind without taking a piece of your wallet.
The Pop Culture Company, 11313 Katy Fwy Houston, TX, USA +1 281 798 0777
It’s important to support new blood in any hobby, as this is how hobbies stay alive. Watchtower is a newer comic shop in Houston, and it has a little bit of everything. Its library contains both back issues and the newest issues. Statues, posters, and collector’s copies can be found here, as well. The games section has cards and board games, and there are plenty of other knick-knacks to peruse. Supporting new shops is a major part of growing the culture in Houston, so be sure to check out Watchtower as it grows into a comic store to love!
Watchtower Comics & Cards, 12303 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX, USA +1 832 617 8846
By Carlos Diaz
Carlos Diaz is an English teacher obsessed with gaming, comics, and writing articles when he should be grading papers.