Find Your Next Favorite Reading At These Local Comic Bookstores | Way of life
Many small businesses in Fullerton have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but comic book retailers in the area are still standing and in some ways they are in a better position than before the closures.
Comic Book Stash, 215 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton
Owned by Cal State Fullerton alumnus Glynnes Speak, Comic Book Hideout is the only specialty comic book retailer in downtown Fullerton. The store used to host scheduled events, but the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily put an end to them.
“We are more than comics. It’s kind of a little community center here too. We will usually have art exhibitions every month, which is something that has been somewhat affected by the pandemic, ”said Mark Garcia, the store manager.
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced the store to suspend events, Speak said she sees the lack of events as an opportunity.
“I think you know, although it’s a bummer to see these things go away, I think it’s a good transition for the Hideout. We’re less focused on events and really fine-tuning our inventory to make things really. fantastic available here at Hideout, ”Speak said.
Comic Book Hideout has since been investing more in its online sales on eBay.
In November, Comic Book Hideout will celebrate its ninth anniversary.
“We usually always have a really, really, rad birthday sale and a big party. This year we’re probably going to skip the party. We had to do the same last year, but we’re definitely going to have a terrific sale for everyone and we’re planning really big for 10 years, ”Garcia said.
Comic Book Heroes University, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton
CSUF students who take the train to Fullerton may recognize Comic Hero University as the comic book store inside the station.
He is no longer there, which leads many to believe that he has ceased his activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that’s not the case, the store just moved next to the AMC 20.
“2020 was, to be completely honest, our best year ever. Disneyland was closed the theaters were closed there was really nothing to do or buy or whatever you know when we were open people were spending money on collectibles and it really helped us a lot, ”said Enrique Munoz, owner of Comic Hero University.
Like the Hideout, Comic Hero University is also approaching its ninth birthday in December and lacks regular events, but more than makes up for it with its arcade and location right next to a movie theater, and so afterwards you’re hungry. Out, Chick-fil-A, and Blaze Pizza are just outside.
The store has also put more effort into its charitable efforts.
In May 2020, Munoz launched the Pay it Forward program, in which the store accepts donations through Venmo or Paypal to donate comics to libraries, schools and hospital patients.
From time to time, the store hosts autographs from people in the comic book or movie industry. The week after the release of the Marvel movie “Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings,” the store invited actor and martial artist Andy Lee for an event.
Half-Off Books Records Films, 141 W. Wilshire Ave. Ste. A., Fullerton
Half-Off Books Records Films has been selling new and used books in Uptown Whittier since February 2011, until the store moved to Fullerton in October 2017.
The store has the smallest selection of comics on this list, but that’s because it doesn’t have the square footage that a large bookseller like Barnes and Noble has.
However, no floor space is wasted. While their selection of graphic novels and manga is small, the store still literally has everything else.
As the name suggests, Half-Off Books Records Films sells a wide range of books, albums, and movies.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Half-Off Books Records Films accepts items to be exchanged for cash.