Backstreet Christmas Day 2: Books, Comics, Zines

The written (and printed) word is one of the most important things in my life, and bookstores (and comic book stores) are my happy place. If you’re looking for new releases, new copies of old favourites, magazines, comics and zines…Brisbane has an awesome range of independent stockists and sellers who are really knowledgeable and can provide great recommendations if you’re looking for the perfect gift.

Avid Reader
193 Boundary Street, West End
One of the first Brisbane businesses I fell in love with, Avid Reader is still a firm favourite. A great range, good prices and super lovely staff. They've always got a great selection of literary magazines as well, plus stationery of all kinds. Their lovely notebooks would make a great gift for any writer. They stock local cards and wrapping paper as well as lots of other gifts (mugs, shirts, bags) for the literature lover.

Where the Wild Things Are
191 Boundary Street, West End
The children's section of Avid Reader splintered off in early 2015 and has become a beloved bookstore in its own right. They host frequent events including book signings and launches, and also run several different book clubs for all ages and interests. The staff are amazing, and their books range from gorgeous picture books to YA novels. You'll absolutely find something for your young avid readers. 

Pulp Fiction Booksellers
Shop 4, Level 1, Blocksidge & Ferguson Arcade, Brisbane City
Purveyors of all things sci-fi, fantasy, crime, and mystery, Pulp Fiction is a genre fiction dream, upstairs in an arcade on Adelaide Street. Open since 1995, they also stock a selection of horror, true crime, popular science and media (film/TV/gaming) books, graphic novels, and art books. The staff are great – they really know their stuff, and will be honest with you about whether they liked a certain book (although they only stock what they know and love, and I’ve never had a bad recommendation).

Folio Books
133 Mary Street, Brisbane City
Folio is your one-stop shop for gorgeous coffee table books on every subject (as well as a wide selection of travel guides, and novelty/humour books that would make great gifts). Folio has been in Brisbane for over three decades and I've always found their service to be friendly and their recommendations informed and interesting. 

Junky Comics
93 Vulture Street, West End
While not a conventional “bookseller” (although they do sell books) Junky is one of the coolest kids on the block – they have an amazing variety of comics (from Marvel and the Walking Dead to some awesome indie titles), zines and magazines, as well as prints, jewellery, apparel, cards…They’re huge supporters of local artists and makers, and also stock a whole lot of wonderful stuff made in Brisbane. Perfect place to pick up a unique Christmas gift. Service is always great, and shop dog Molly is just too gorgeous.

Comics Etc
81 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
Selling Queenslanders comic books for over 25 years, Comics Etc have a huge range of new release comics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, and manga as well as statues and collectables. They’ve always got a few nifty little things you could use as stocking stuffers, too. Online orders and gift cards are also available.

Ace Comics and Games
Annerley Arcade, 18/478 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
Sadly, Ace have recently close their Queen Street Mall store, but their Annerley location and online shop are still open for business. They stock plenty of comics and manga as well as roleplaying and other game materials (source books, dice, card decks, etc). They also do gift vouchers if you can’t decide.