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Hairy Tarantula West

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 18, 2008

Hairy Tarantula WestThe Hairy Tarantula West in the Junction sells toys, graphic novels, manga, comics, board games, rpgs and more. Owner Tanis Underhill has expanded the store to carry new and used games. The Junction store is a separate entity from the Yonge St. store even though they share the same name.

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12 Comments

LanternBell / August 5, 2009 at 02:02 am
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The location on Yonge is across from a stripclub and looks as if it's the sketchiest place ever, but the people are so adorable and nice and they have a wonderful selection of comics, manga, games and everything. If you love comics, a membership to this place is a must.
wake up / November 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm
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The owner is a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist who thinks the jews are out to get pretty much everyone. Right on the front page of the website is a link to some pretty harsh anti-semitic web literature. A basic google search of "Leon Emmett" shows some pretty loony web postings.

Thought you all should know.
RavenofOld / December 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm
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Leon Emmett hasn't had anything to do with this location for 3 years.

Maybe people should actually come into the store and judge it based on the store and its ACTUAL staff and owner as opposed to using Google to cite how this location is and how it functions.
mr. magoo / March 7, 2010 at 02:38 am
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i agree with the poster "wake up", the store actually has a few games i wanted. went to their website, saw they had a political agenda (disguised as free speech but blatantly antisemitic) and decided to shop elsewhere. unless http://www.hairyt.com/ is not the website of all 3 stores i really dont understand ravenofold's comments (and incidently, the website advertises all three stores and appears to be up to date).
llj / May 6, 2010 at 03:41 pm
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I won't comment on their political agenda, but on sheer customer service, they seem to be all right and attentive and willing to bend over backwards for you.

I consider them a "jack of all trades" kind of comic store. They'll carry some manga, some anime, some superhero and some porn comics, but they don't excel at either. They're the place you go to when the Beguiling doesn't stock that alt-comic you're looking for, or when you just can't find that volume of Naruto in Silver Snail.

Honestly, I think their anime section is the best thing there, along with their gaming sessions. They carry a lot of out of print anime titles, although you may have to dig in boxes for them. They'll also carry titles nobody else in the city would order, like AnimEigo's Yawara box set. The only problem is that their pricing fluctuates between competitive and overpriced. I've seen some sets there priced at $100 whereas I could find the same set elsewhere for half or 3/4 of that price.
Cromm / December 1, 2010 at 01:40 pm
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No, you can't judge the service or the employees based on the political opinions of the owner.

YES you can (and I think -should-) base whether or not you choose to shop there based on where your money is going.

I tend to avoid Wal-mart because of how I feel about their corporate policies, not there service (although that can be pretty dismal too). In that same light, I avoid Hairy T's because of how I feel about their owner.
anonymous as usual / June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm
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Haha oh man, after all of this, there's still some garbage on the page's site. Scroll to the bottom. Nothing explicit, but if you know the lingo wielded by hate mongers, it fits right in.

Unreal in this day and age.
Lavinia / August 13, 2011 at 09:20 am
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God help me, I put aside a whole aftenoron to figure this out.
m / August 27, 2011 at 03:12 pm
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wait -- criticizing criminal cartels is "anti-semitic" now? weird.

i would shop at this store BECAUSE they orient their political views against corruption - just like superheroes do. :)
C.M. / October 12, 2011 at 09:59 am
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Oh, wtf?! How and when did a comics store's website suddenly become a political front for the owner's opinions? What's going on here and what is that crap at the bottom of the website anyways? Is my money going to those causes? Oh the bullshit I tell you--if I'm not supporting Obama's side, then I find myself suddenly supporting Osama's side. Look, I just want to buy comics, THAT'S ALL!
Jess / February 1, 2012 at 12:28 am
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"The Junction store is a separate entity from the Yonge St. store even though they share the same name."
THIS LOCATIONS WEBSITE IS http://hairytwest.com/, NOT hairyt.com . -_-
maggPi replying to a comment from Jess / February 7, 2012 at 04:44 pm
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Thank you, Jess. Hopefully the authors of the previous comments will see your helpful clarification.

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