Comic-Con-worthy Comic Book Stores

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With the eagerly awaited arrival of Comic-Con International this week, San Diego is gleefully celebrating all things comic. And whether or not you were lucky enough to have scored Comic-Con tickets, you can certainly partake in San Diego’s love affair with the genre.

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No need to get angry! There are plenty of places outside of Comic-Con to stock up on comics.

Just wandering the street of downtown during Comic-Con is entertaining. The general fanfare of the event spills out from the Convention Center with revelers and vendors costumed and ready to party. But no matter what time of year you visit San Diego, you’ll find the spirit of Comic-Con thriving at San Diego’s many comic book stores. Here are a few to seek out:

Villainous Lair

Villainous Lair is one of two San Diego comic book stores named among the world’s best by Comic-Con in 2014.  It is a one-stop shop for comics, RPGs, board games and collectibles.  They also host Yu-Gi-Oh and other gaming tournaments throughout the year.

3320 Adams Ave.
San Diego, 92116


Southern California Comics has such a big selection you might be overwhelmed, too.

Southern California Comics

Southern California Comics was the other local store named by Comic-Con as one of the world’s best this year. Located in a large warehouse, they offer a great selection of comics plus an equal amount of space devoted to graphic novels. But what makes this store special is that they buy directly from collectors so they have a lot of exotic and rare comic books.  They also have hundreds of boxes of $1 comic books, a revolving selection of comic book sets, original art and a special Kids Corner for young enthusiasts.

8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #124
San Diego, 92111

Rising Sun Creations (Ani-Manga)

Rising Sun Creations carries a good selection of both comic books and manga materials including model kits and merchandise. Located directly across from the Mission Valley Mall, look for the Ani-Manga sign.

1640 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 1478
San Diego, 92108

Comickaze Comics Books and More

Stocking a good selection of comics, graphic novels, manga and collectibles, Comickaze is a local favorite. The store is very engaged with the larger comic community, including hosting events, fan forums and involvement in a retailer network. The staff is very friendly and will happily special order any comic or book you’re after.

5517 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite AB
San Diego, 92117

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Fans gather for an event at Mysterious Galaxy.

Mysterious Galaxy

This bookstore’s tagline is “books of martians, murder, magic and mayhem,” and as it suggests, they offer a great selection of science fiction, mystery, fantasy and horror books. The owners are also very involved in the community, and the store hosts regular author signings and other events.

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, 92111

Comics N Stuff

Comics N Stuff has seven locations in San Diego, but the one in San Diego’s east county is the largest.  The store has a huge selection of comic books, both newly released, back issues and harder to find comics. They also have a large selection of collectibles, toys, apparel, trading cards, DVDs, etc.  and an adult section.  The great staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

1020 El Cajon Blvd.
El Cajon, 92020

What is your favorite comic book store in San Diego? Tell us in the comments below!


Superhero Approved: Comic-Con inspired Food and Drinks

San Diego Comic-Con Zombie Bento Box

Zombies and superheroes rejoice: you don’t have to settle for boring concession stand food and drinks at Comic-Con. The spirit of season has taken over several spots around San Diego, offering crafty cocktails, nerdy brews and tasty bites that any caped crusader or would approve of.

Zombie Bento Boxes

San Diego Comic-Con Zombie Bento Box

Gaijin’s Zombie Bento Box photographed by Chris Morrow. Check out Chris’ CNN iReport for more great Comic-Con info.

Located close to the Convention Center in the Gaslamp District, Gaijin Noodle + Sake House serves up a bento box that’s not for the faint of heart: their special Comic-Con edition “Zombie” bento boxes feature “pork blisters,” “buried and fermented bloody cabbage,” and “raw flesh of fish with cold, grey worms” (which translates into fried pork gyoza, kimchi, and yellowtail with cold buckwheat noodles, for those of us that don’t speak Zombie).

A Comic-Con and Pop Culture-Inspired Menu

Marriott Gaslamp Quarter's Soleil @K

Marriott Gaslamp Quarter’s Soleil @K will be offering a special Comic-Con inspired menu.

Also near the Convention Center, the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter’s Soleil @K restaurant and Latitude Lounge offers up a comic and pop culture-inspired menu this week. Try the “Wolverine” (prime rib) or “Grimm” (blackened chicken) sandwiches.

The Golden Age meets the Speakeasy Era

In the north end of downtown, the Prohibition-inspired restaurant Chaplos pays homage to classic comics from the 1930s with an event titled “The Golden Age meets the Speakeasy Era.” Comic Con fans are invited to stop by on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 for an evening of cocktails and traditional jazz. Wear a costume, memorabilia or t-shirt showcasing your favorite Golden Age comic book hero (Superman, Batman, Captain America, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman) or show your comic con badge and receive a free specialty cocktail from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival

On Saturday, July 20, beer fans and comic fans alike will want to head to the Embarcadero Park North for the Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival. San Diego’s first Superheroes themed craft beer festival will feature dozens of craft breweries pouring samples, live music, and a costume contest. General admission, which includes 20 tasting tickets and a mug, is $45, and proceeds benefit the San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation.

Spot any other Comic-Con theme food and drinks around town? Let us know about them in the comments below!

Brent Bernasconi

Get Nerdy and Enjoy San Diego at Comic-Con 2012

It’s July and that’s means downtown San Diego is full of Klingons, Stormtroopers, Zombies and more enjoying the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Here are just a few resources with events and offers to make the most out of your visit to San Diego and Comic-Con:

Food and Drink


If you know of anymore great resources, please let us know in the comments below. And just for fun are a few photos from Wednesday’s Preview Night…

Preview Night Photos