Well, the price gap didn’t go away. Which sucks.But you know what hasn’t changed (and is awesome)? My love for Phoenix Comics! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go browse this old post.
Phoenix Comics has two locations in Calgary (to the best of my knowledge). I’ve only ever been to the one along the trans-Canada highway so I can only gush about that one but it is a dream of mine to visit the other one (clearly my ambitions are not very high). It is as the title says, a comic store. I haven’t been in an actual comic store before so I can’t really compare that aspect of the store. I have, however been to many manga stores. Nothing I have ever seen (well, nothing carrying English manga atleast) compares to the basement of Phoenix Comics. But maybe that’s just based off what we have here. I mean it’s not like I’m a specialist on this thing. It is such a breathtaking sight, wall to wall manga, many (imo) hard to find. I mean I pretty much go to Vancouver every year and the stop in Calgary is one of (if not barely just) the highlight of my trip. Considering I make my whole family stop (and go wait at Tim Horton’s or whatever) just for me to run in and impossibly try to pick some stuff out. But I’ll stop gushing for now. I’ll try.
A few quick snapshots below. They don’t really do the place justice though. I mean I got the first volume of Aria for under $4.00! $4.00!