Yesterday Chris T and I took a trek down into Massachusetts for another Great Comic Shop Adventure!
We found a list of shops we wanted to stop at and then off we went!
We started the trip at Gulu Gulu Cafe where we had pricey breakfast sandwiches and cold hot cocoa as you see above.
We ate while we waited for Harrison’s Comics in Salem opened for business at 10am.
Here’s Chris walking across the street to go in once we were done with our second breakfasts like those Hobbits.
Once inside, I had to snap off a picture of their lead figures because another friend, Sean just loves these things! They have quite the selection!!
I picked up a couple books for myself that I think I needed.
As well as this seriously awesome Superman/Batman figure of Darkseid!
Next up in the list was Comically Speaking in Reading. I made the lame joke that we’re Reading in Massachusetts… Reading… Comics… Okay, I did say it was lame.
There you can see Hulk and Superman chillen’ by the door. There was another full size character there but I can’t recall who now… Inside was a massive hall of comics and toys. All their back issues were half price!
Next up on the list, we had to double back to this shop because he didn’t open until noon time, so his sign said.
So we waited and then waited a bit more. About 10 minutes after noon, I went into the pizza shop next door. They didn’t know a way to reach Jerry (of Jerry’s Comics & Collectibles) or when exactly he would be there to open up shop. About 12:30 he showed and let us in. He said he had been delayed for some reason. He deals with just cash and is seriously firm on his prices. Its both good and bad as most of his prices are about average but not saying a lot when you waited 30 minutes and asked about a bulk purchase deal and get nowhere. Oh well!
Our next stop was another place I hadn’t been to in years and then only once. Outer Limits in Waltham.
Steve and I have kept in touch since that first time I was there via Facebook and I bought a few early TMNT books from him along with some Treasury & Digest books from DC. That’s pretty much my take this time again, with three Treasury books and four Digests.
He also had a Green Lantern display with this cool deck of cards I hadn’t seen before.
Our next stop took so long and was so bland, I’m not going to name the shop because it really isn’t totally their fault they are so small and hard to get to…
At this point in the trip it was about 3:30 in the afternoon and we had to cut short what I’m told are two really awesome shops in Bellingham… Next time out guys, I promise!!
We headed to Lowell next and swung into Larry’s Comics!
We went in and chatted a bit. Chris knocked part of a display over and then we bought a couple items and bailed.
Last on our trip, in Massachusetts was Command D. They have a really nice look.
At first, I was thinking, whoa no logo or name on the building….
But there it is… if it needs explaining, as the owner said, there are no dinosaurs there…
Sadly I didn’t buy anything here but I did drop off my card and one of the customers explained there was a Robot Con going on back across the bridge we had just come across. He said he was going back that way so we followed him over to check things out. It was hot there and smelled like a pot house. Chris over heated fairly quickly and I was at a loss for all the robots and monsters stuff but it was a unique setting anyways!
No trip of ours can be complete without a final check in with our base of operations of a sort, Jetpack Comics of Rochester, NH. We stopped in and picked up some random items. I snagged another blank cover to get a FCBD sketch on as well as a couple items for my sisters kids.
All in all it was a great trip! We look forward to avoiding having to DRIVE in Massachusetts next time as much as possible. We’re thinking of a train ride to Beantown and walk to and from the downtown comic shops and then back home.
Also to note is that while only two people commented on the previous post, we did give away the trade from the ‘Haps and the signed Johnny Raygun to one lucky winner Dan Allen!
Next time will be a better contest and the smallest goal will have to be reached for prizes to be awarded. It shouldn’t be to difficult as next time will sport a signed TMNT comic!
As always, see you at Jetpack’s FCBD event on May 3rd; Shellback Artworks TMNT 30th Anniversary Bash on May 4th and the first ever Rock Comic Expo on May 10th!