The Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area definitely has no shortage of bookstores. You’ve got your big corporate ones like Borders, Family Christian Stores for religious literature, and others of that nature. Then, you’ve got your bigger used bookstores like Half Price Books and some smaller ones that are locally owned and operated spread out over the Metroplex. Being a graphic novel and comic book buyer, I have frequented a few smaller stores in the area that specialize in that field of expertise and still carry other books and literature as well. Those are the types of bookstores I’m going to concentrate on today.
One of my favorite local owner-operated bookstores that I love to frequent is Duncanville Bookstores. It’s located in the town of Duncanville, TX which is about 15 minutes outside of Dallas at 101 West Camp Wisdom Road. This is a very unique store that has been around for over 40 years and has a pretty large retail space. They have literally tens of thousands of paperback and hardback books of all kinds and genres. But on top of them being a regular bookstore, they have tons of hard to find toys and collectibles that range from Batman, Superman, and G.I. Joe to Predator, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. It doesn’t stop there, though. They also have a huge inventory of comic book back-issues and collectibles as well as pretty much any and every new title and edition from DC, Marvel, Image, IDW, and more. If you’re looking for an adventure and a stroll down pop culture memory lane then this is the store for you. You can get more information on the store right here.
Another locally owner-operated store that sells books, comics, collectibles, RPGs, gaming supplies, and more is Cosmic Comics and Collectibles in Grand Prairie, TX at 728 East Marshall Drive. Grand Prairie is basically smack dab in the middle of Fort Worth and Dallas. This place is a smaller retail space which used to be a convenience store many moons ago. It’s pretty cool to see merchandise, collectible cards, and other merchandise being displayed in the freezer doors where there used to be sodas, beer, and other chilled items. They’ve been around since 1993. This store has a lot of collectible science fiction / fantasy books, magazines, comic back-issues, and stocks the newer monthly issues as well. It doesn’t have as vast of an inventory as a bigger store, but it definitely handles my every month comic buying fix. They could also be called a sort of nerd paradise, considering that they host weekly gaming events and competitions. You can get more information right here for Cosmic Comics.
I’m going to concentrate on one of the specific locations of a chain store now. I really like the central Arlington, TX location of Half Price Books at 2211 S. Cooper St. It’s located in a late 70s / early 80s-built shopping strip center and has a rather huge retail space. It has that old musty vintage feel to it. Everybody knows Half Price Books. You know what to expect when you go into a Half Price Books. There are literally hundreds of thousands of different books of all different types and genres. They also have all sorts of DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records. This store has a small section of comic books and graphic novels. I have a lot of fun just thumbing through the boxes and looking at what they’ve got. They also have a glass case that has all types of collectible comics, paperbacks, and magazines. You can get more information about Half Price Books right here.
Lastly, I want to talk about one of the more mainstream but longest running comic book and collectible stores in the DFW area. Lone Star Comics has been around since 1961 and now has seven locations all over the area. They’ve got two locations in Arlington and ones in the Mesquite, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hurst, and Plano areas. A lot of people consider this to be the “corporate” big boy in the DFW area for comic books and such. That very well may be, but you can’t get mad at someone for their success over several decades. If you want to go to a store in one of these areas and are looking for the latest issue or graphic novel for your favorite super hero and pretty much have a guarantee that you’ll get what you want and it’ll be in stock, then this is your store. They don’t carry hardly any regular paperbacks or hardback books or novels, but they have tons of collectibles, gaming supplies, collectible card games, RPGs, t-shirts, and the likes. To find out where a Lone Star Comics location is near you then go here.
There are other stores in the area that I would like to mention briefly as well. All of them have different sizes of inventories and retail space. If you want to get a good idea of what to expect when you get there, then go to their respective websites. I’m going to list the other stores and you can click on their link to check them out. Also in the DFW area is Zeus Comics and Collectibles, Logos Bookstores, Paperbacks Plus, and Keith’s Comics.