You usually don’t expect to come across anything totally rad like this t-shirt in your average coastal tourist trap. The most I ever find are those gimmicky Marvel and DC tin boxes in candy stores. But Darth Vader with a surfboard on a vintage-looking tee. The force is certainly strong with Monterey, California.
First of all, this isn’t so much a review as it is a quick impression while out on one of my geek adventures. Speaking as a tourist, it was nice to side-step the family sightseeing on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row and take in some soothing, nerdy comic book images – if only for a few minutes. That’s really all the time you need to check out Current Comics. It’s small and lean, and probably the right fit if you already know exactly what you want.
The store has a decent selection of mainstream superhero titles along with a good balance of the indie publishers. I discovered a ton of cover variants for some newly-release Image titles that were hard to pass up. The counter has all the popular blind boxes and collectibles that you would expect.
While the store has a limited back issue selection, they did have some longboxes worth looking through if you have the time – can’t beat the fifty-cent price, either.
Verdict: This isn’t the geek mecca that one would hope to find – however, while on vacation, it’s a good place to pop into and snag an emergency graphic novel or attempt to snag a recent release you might have missed in your hometown store.
I was in Las Vegas last week for some work-related stuff, so I didn’t have a chance to hit the comic book shop. Which totally killed me by the way, with the release of Caliban (Avatar Press) and ton of other titles I’m into right now. Amongst the stack were: Punisher, Crossed: Badlands, Black Science, Pretty Deadly, and God is Dead.
This week my stack – entirely Image Comics – is much smaller, but completely rad nonetheless. I snagged the debut issue of Shutter (which I just read and was blown away by), and the latest issues of East of West and Manifest Destiny.
I’m glad to see that even 25 years ago, I was snapping photos of my geeky obsessions. I recently uncovered this pic from StarFest ’89 in Denver, Colorado. My middle school friends and I were devotees of StarFest and StarCon, saving up our allowance money and planning out our costumes and convention activities months in advance. Once we got to high school, our parents finally relented, allowing us to stay overnight at the hotel. Looking back, it probably wasn’t too worrisome for them, as we were total nerds and weren’t likely to get into too much trouble.
Scattered atop the hotel bedspread you’ll notice: Vulcan Language guide, The Visitors Handbook, Batman movie buttons, rolled up Enterprise NCC-1701 D poster, Star Trek: The Next Generation Data action figure, and convention newsletters featuring Star Trek V.
On the table in the background: homemade Tricorder, replica lightsaber, Star Trek collectibles price guide, and an RCA VHS camcorder.
Found this shameful polaroid scattered amongst a million other embarrassing photos in a cardboard box that’s probably better left closed. It’s not a drunken party pic or a terrible college fashion choice. This is much worse. It was just a fraction of my Spawn action figure collection, circa 1998. Notice that I built a pegboard wall rack to display them? Creepy.
There’s was a moment when my friend Xjan and I went temporarily insane, buying series after series of these figures. At one point we both just wanted them to go away. We eventually set up a vendor booth at a toy convention and sold through half of our collections. Xjan sold the rest of his to a Korean buyer on eBay. I gave mine to Hasser to sell on eBay and he eventually ditched them at a consignment shop in Greenville, South Carolina.
While out on a family adventure this weekend, I had the chance to visit Dr. Comics & Mr. Games in Oakland, California.
Much like the Tardis, and most comic shops, it’s much bigger on the inside. The store’s layout is fairly straightforward, but devious by design. The new comics are along side walls, with the more popular (superhero) titles near the back. To get to them you must survive a gauntlet of irresistible collectibles ranging from Doctor Who trinkets to action figures of every variety.