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Best Place to Go Before You See Iron Man Next Year Dallas 2007 - Titan Comics

Titan Comics

Titan Comics

3128 Forest Lane

Dallas, TX 75234

214-350-4420

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Not so long ago we were talking to an out-of-town friend who's way into comics, by which we mean he writes and draws a pretty well-known title, so he's actually in comics. We got to talking about comic shops when we mentioned to our friend, "Actually, we're going to Titan today to pick it up." Wait, said our friend. "That's right, you're in Dallas you lucky bastard. I hear that place is amazing." Turns out, as much as we love the all-comics comic store—no action figures, only new titles and back issues lovingly displayed in bagged-and-boarded sleeves placed in long white cardboard boxes—it's got quite the national rep to go along with its copious Best of Dallas awards. Three times, in fact, Jeremy Shorr's Titan Comics near Bachman Lake has been a national finalist for the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing award presented to the best comics shop in all the land—an honor presented each year at the freaks and geeks' spectacular-spectacular, the San Diego Comic-Con. And, technically, the place does sell more than comics. If you need a Batman sculpture or a cool painted reproduction of a 1940s cover, Shorr also has you covered. Fact is, the place is a cross between a retailer and an art gallery. Yeah, we know—dorks, right?
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Tired
Tired

Wow, children. No wonder there isn't a comic book store category in the Best Of issues anymore.

Trevor
Trevor

Titan Comics is one of my favorite places in the world, and the spamming of their award here is a damn shame. "Real comics book fans don't worry about back issues ... we own them all"? PLEASE.Titan is clean, friendly and comforting. Everyone there is a real COMICS fan, and they cater to other COMICS fans. You can find almost anything you want there, and if they don't have it or can't get it, they call around town and send you to another store. They want you to have what you want to read.They also don't waste your time with videos or games or trading cards or anime. They have a few sculptures and posters, but it's all comic-related. Don't listen to the haters. Going to Titan is comfort food for comic lovers.

Nick
Nick

Wow. Someone pissed off a bunch of comic book nerds. I wonder now if this will be a bigger fiasco than the slight brought upon the Widespread Panic fandom. Anywho, comic book nerds, I don't traditionally stand in solidarity with you guys. I don't get your culture and every time I attempt to you guys manage to creep me out. That said, I think the Observer is wrong on a lot its picks this year (i.e. their misguided and big-label-friendly selections for best book and CD stores), so you may very well be right in your crusade. For being the first group to stand up and question the Observer's cultural dictates, I applaud you.

Somehow, somewhere, the Observer has lost its knack for culture in Dallas. In doing so, it's also lost its claim on the position of cultural leadership it held for many of my formative years in Dallas. Watching the Observer sell out this year is like watching part of my childhood die. Observer Staff, you should be ashamed.

James
James

"Best Place to Go Before You See Iron Man Next Year"Unless you want Iron Man action figures, statues, maybe a t-shirt? I highly doubt that Titan is any better than Even Lone Star Comics, let alone Zeus. I wouldn't cross the street to shop at Titan, but I drive past 3 stores to shop at Zeus.

Dallas Shopper
Dallas Shopper

Yeah, Titan is the best comic book shop in town. Especially if you like walking in and being harassed about the amount of time between your present and last visit.

Also, Titan comics is an awesome place to find your most recent variant covers marked up 150% due to their "rarity."

Make mine Titan.

Matt "Doc" Martin
Matt "Doc" Martin

Here's the deal...I live in Florida, have a million comic shops around me, and I insist on buying from Zeus.

I have hit shops in NYC, Chicago, Orlando, and all points in between.

Zeus is the best by far.

Steve
Steve

When I moved to Dallas 4 years ago I checked out all the local shops, Lone Star, Titan, Zeus, and Keith's.

Zeus far outshines all the other shops, it's bright and cheery with welcoming staff. It's the comic book store of the 21st Century.

I'm sorry, but Titan is old and musty. Real comic book fans don't worry about back issues...we own them all.

The comic shop I worked in back in 1986 was more modern than Titan.

Observer, get whatever chip you have off of your shoulder and open your eyes.

Gavin
Gavin

Personal opinion; If I had to pick a best Comic shop, I think I would pick one that won the Eisner award over one that turned in an application three times and lost.

"...Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing award presented to the best comics shop in all the land" pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

As for Titan being a three time "national finalist" for the award? With that line of thinking, I can honestly say that I have been a state lottery finalist every time I pay a buck for a quick-pick ticket.

Mark M.
Mark M.

I'll admit that Titan may have it's strength in having a large backstock, but most of the time you need large pockets to purchase said backstock. I've walked into Titan and seen "Sold out" issues from the week previous priced for DOUBLE the cover price at times. Meanwhile Zeus keeps its price reasonable. Also, Iron Man is in Wizard Top 100, isn't it? You could read Captain Carrot before Iron Man next year, but let's be honest, it won't make Tony's armor any shinier:)

Kevin
Kevin

Okay, guys, you done suckin' Zeus' dick? Seriously, how many employees of that place are logged onto to this message board right now? Zeus is a great store if what you're looking for is SOME comics and TONS of other related merchandise. Titan is a COMIC BOOK STORE! People go there to actually buy, sell and read comics. If I'm looking for some platinum-foil cover variant of Captain Carrot & the Zoo Crew go to Oz, then Titan's the place to go. You want some of the Wizard Magazine Top 100 comics and all associated merchandise, or another Willow variant action figure with new, Kung Fu Lesbian Action, then you go to Zeus. Both places rock for what they are and what they offer, they're just different. So, go back to your "Which is better? Mac or PC" debate and move on!

donald
donald

Three times the bridesmaid and never the bride? I shall keep shopping at my preferred location, Zeus Toys and Comics. You know, the one that actually was the bride, was recognized by its industry\'s peers, and won the award. The Observer \"Best of\" staff should stop by the store to see the award and what a really comic book store should look like. I\'m confident they would rescind their vote.

Jamison
Jamison

Someone from out of town hearing about Titan? At this point, I would be genuinely surprised if they heard about a store in Dallas and it was not Zeus. Zeus runs an amazing con ever year for the last 3 years that has drawn in some of the biggest talent in the business. If anything makes people in the industry notice Dallas it would be that.

kristian
kristian

for me, there's no option. Zeus has it locked down. for any shop in Dallas to come in any better than a distant second, it would have to do alot of work.

nothing against any other shop in town, but as far as aesthetics, customer service, overall shopping experience, and a general level of hipness usually lacking in the world of geek commerce, Zeus is a cut above. and yes, professionals, or as the contributor calls them, people "actually in comics", like myself, shop there too.

Charles
Charles

I have to agree with the others, I have my own places I go here in Austin, but I think if I was going to pick a place to go in Dallas, it would be the winner, not the three time finalist, of the Eisner. I don't think store awards are like the Academy Awards...it's not like they just haven't had a good script yet...they've gotten beaten three times.

mattg
mattg

In addition to what the previous commenters have said, it should be mentioned that Titan employees repeatedly nominate their own store for the Eisner award instead of relying on their customers to do it.

On top of that, your friend that's "in comics" doesn't even sound like he's ever been to Titan. He just "hears" that it's amazing.

Sorry, Observer, you got it wrong.

Nolan
Nolan

I seriously question a publication that puts out a "Best of List" and chooses as a "best" an entity that has been nominated three times for an award (without actually winning it) while another entity in your own circulation was nominated and won that very award.

If you're going to use an award as a hallmark of excellence (and thus a reason for your selection as "best"), why then choose to celebrate a nominee instead of an actual winner?

Matt
Matt

Yeah, what the other commentor said. Being a "national finalist" in this category basically means they sent in an application. Meanwhile, there's another store in town that actually WON this award.

Chris
Chris

Hailing Titan Comics as a Will Eisner finalist is tantamount to praising William Hung for auditioning on American Idol.

However, this is the first time that the Titan hasn't been awarded by comparison to another comic shop in town--an actual Eisner winner.

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