Elfsar Comics a nice find in Yaletown

Elfsar Collection

Originally uploaded by JNadiger.

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.

So if you’re in the market for a comic book shop, then Elfsar’s a place I’d check out. Sure as always Yaletown parking is terrible, but with any of the better Vancouver comic shops parking is an issue (4th Ave and Granville aren’t wonderful parking areas either). It’s become part of my Thursday tradition (Thursday is my first day off after Wednesday when new comics come out) to walk down to Yaletown, get my books and stop for a nice downtown lunch on the way home.

2 Comments so far

  1. Gary Foreman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Parking is very easy for this site now as a parkade has just opened across Nelson Street with 152 spaces in it.

  2. Warren Frey (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    As a Yaletown resident and nerd, I have to say it’s damned convenient to have a place only a couple of blocks away from my condo that serves all my funnybook needs. The staff are great and it’s a welcome island of nerddom in a fashion-obsessed ‘hood like Yaletown.

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