A lot of cities lack a good comic book store. When I lived in Kelowna for example I made a weekly drive to Vernon (about an hour each way) to get my books. Vancouver is blessed with at least three top notch stores. I’ve written about Golden Age before [mbv] but recently I’ve started going to Elfsar [es] down in Yaletown and have been quite happy with the switch.
Nothing against Golden Age of course, it’s still a great store, but for someone like me who has a regular and large reading list the fact that Elfsar advertises a 20% discount on all pre-orders is great since nearly all of my comics are pre-ordered or regular monthly books. Elfsar is generally new reader friendly, and not a horror show like some stores I’ve been to with piles of junk cluttering the place, and the staff has always been friendly and helpful to me. Nobody snears and rolls their eyes if I’m buying a larger than average number of Bendis books or whatever my very non-indie reading habits might be, something I’ve come across in other cities.