Before the age of television series and feature blockbuster films, we had comic books.
Comics are a magazine that presents a serialized story in the form of a comic strip. For those who want to dig deep and rummage through rows of comics for that limited edition issue or simply add to your collection, get ready to geek out in comic heaven.
Check out the best comic book shops in Toronto below.
319 College St.
The Beguiling was founded in 1987, and they offer an array of diverse selection of original and local art, comics, graphic novels, and manga. They also have the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic storytelling in Canada. The store regularly buys comics ranging from the 1930s to the present, and they even offer a subscription and library service. The Beguiling has sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comic events, and they are official art representatives for dozens of talented comics artists, cartoonists, and illustrators. The staff has founded the not-for-profit Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. It is safe to say when it comes to comics, this is the place really knows their stuff.
West End Comics
1590 Queen St. W
West End Comics is an independent family-owned shop that was created to build a community for comic lovers everywhere. West End carries many traditional classics, new releases, and trades paperbacks put out by small presses. They also carry action figures, statues, games, novelty items, cuff links, piggy banks and more. They also have a blog, host events and even have an eBay store. Plus, West End Comics has new releases every Wednesday.
Cyber City Comix
1025 Steeles Ave. W
Cyber City Comix has been around since 1995. They sell a variety of comics in several different formats and price points, so you will be able to find anything in your budget at this rad comic book shop.
386 Bloor St. W
Thunderstruck Bookstore is a nostalgic type of shop that carries graphic novels, manga, comics, pop vinyl toys, and artbooks. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they take requests for books and toys that aren’t stocked on the shelves. They are happy to acquire anything that will complete your collection.
The Comic Room
659 McCowan Rd.
The Comic Room only stocks comics, and has a massive collection of back issues, carrying the most popular issues even after they are sold out everywhere. It has become a favourite among comic book lovers and collectors, and has established a community with their customers.
1400 Aimco Blvd. Unit 1
Gotham Central is a comics and collectibles shop and just so happens to be the largest local vendor at Toronto Comic Con, Toronto Fan Expo, and other conventions. They carry new and retro comic books, graphic novels, action figures, Funkopops, statues, and other comic-related items. Gotham is also very involved with the community, is a supporter and ambassador for the Holland Bloorview Hospital, and have hosted auctions and raised funds for them. They also host events and provide services like the Comic Book Pull Lists and CGC Signature Series.
329 Yonge St.
Silver Snail was founded in 1976, and operates as a comic book shop with a cafe. They are stocked with a broad selection of new items, collectibles, toys and games. This shop carries and specializes in comic books, graphic novels, statues, action figures, model kits, and board games. They host events, offer fair pricing, post reviews and update their stock daily. You can also purchase online on their website.
1374 Queen St. E
The Sidekick is a comic store with a twist, as it is a hybrid comic book/coffee bar shop. The Sidekick is a chill space that is very inviting, where you can hang out and drink coffee. They carry a wide selection of trace paperback & single issue comics. Other items for purchase include coffee mugs and a variety of collectible items. It is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a good cup of coffee with your favourite comic. They also have a selection of board games to choose from, so you can play to your heart’s content!
3278 Yonge St.
Paradise Comics is an indie comic book shop that carries and sells new, hard-to-find consignment comic books, variant trades and graphic novels. Other items include toys, collectible figures, plush toys, games and more. They also offer services like CGC grading and submission, appraisals, and an eBay store.
Page and Panel
789 Yonge St.
Page and Panel is one of the newest comic shops to hit the scene, and it offers comics, books, apparel, art, toys, and more. They work with a number of artists and its main sponsor is The Beguiling and Little Island Comics. Together they create original books and merchandise that is exclusive to their shop. They also have an online store.