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The Best Comic Shops in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / September 25, 2015

comic shops torontoThe best comic shops in Toronto show off our city's history with both comic books and graphic novels. From Superman (co-creator Joe Shuster was born here) to Scott Pilgrim, and the many other talented comic artists who call Toronto home, this city has definitely left its mark on the comic world. Perhaps that's why our related stores are both high-quality and plentiful.

Here are the best comic shops in Toronto.

Silver Snail

Silver Snail

The second-floor store at Yonge and Dundas boasts a massive array of comic books, graphic novels and memorabilia that'll satisfy legions of fandoms. And, the Black Canary cafe serves a slew of comic-themed and nutella-based beverages to boost your shopping experience. More »

The Beguiling

The Beguiling

As a venerable Toronto institution, The Beguiling Books & Art has been operating out of its Markham Street home since 1987. This comic book and graphic novel emporium stocks work from the 1930s until the present day, meaning you can track down hard to find and rare copies of your favourite series, or search through the store and discover something new. More »

West End Comics

West End Comics

This Parkdale shop is inside what used to be a chiropractor's office. Instead of realigning backs, the owner is lining shelves with various comics, graphic novels, collectors' items and accessories. More »

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Not to be confused with the local watering hole nearby, this Labyrinth greets guest not with cheap drink specials, but with a cavernous selection of comics, toys, manga, and unique art books. Along with its Annex location, it also has an outpost in Oakville to serve those who live outside of Toronto's borders. More »

Comic Room

Comic Room

Located inside the Paperback Exchange in Scarborough at the corner of Lawrence and McCowan, this shop has been part of its neighbourhood since the late 1970s with the comic portion of the business opening up a few years later. Today, it stocks new releases and has a substantial collection of hard-to-find back issues as well as rare comics. More »

Atomic Age

Atomic Age

With a large selection of new releases and back issues, Atomic Age isn't just a comic book store, it also does pet grooming. So drop off your puppy and nuzzle into a new graphic novel. This east side shop is also popular with Magic fans and regularly holds tournaments. More »

The Comic Pile

The Comic Pile

If you're walking through Kensington Market, you'll likely stumble upon The Comic Pile. And once you've found it, you can browse through the store's selection of comic books, graphic novels, toys and games. Best of all, this shop holds a yearly free comic book day. More »

Red Nails II

Red Nails II

Red Nails II, with two locations to serve you. Head to either its Bloorcourt or North York store and browse through its collection while tracking down the items still missing from your own stash. More »

One Million Comix

One Million Comix

As one of the largest comic book stores in the city, One Million Comix has been a mainstay at Yonge and Wellesley for more than 25 years. In 2012, the store joined forces with Next Move Games, meaning you can grab your favourite comics and graphic novels and pick up new video, board and card games all in one place. More »

Dr. Comics

Dr. Comics

This comic book and pop culture specialty shop in Kensington Market caters to various fandoms. It not only carries comics and graphic novels, but also numerous other items including apparel, toys and Magic Cards. More »

Little Island Comics

Little Island Comics

This shop is targeted specifically towards the 12-and-under set. Run by the team behind Beguiling, this Mirvish Village shop calls itself the first kids comic book store in North America. With frequent book launches and comic book classes, Little Island lets you introduce your kids to comics while simultaneously indulging your inner 10 year old. More »

Page & Panel (TCAF)

Page & Panel (TCAF)

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival's store started out as a pop-up at the Toronto Reference Library. Now, Page & Panel is a permanent fixture at the city's biggest library. Stop by if you're looking for locally made comics and art books as well as international titles. More »

Discussion

46 Comments

derwent / September 25, 2015 at 03:46 pm
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Beguiling should be number one - No other retail shop does what The Beguiling does for Comic book culture in Toronto.
seo firm toronto / September 25, 2015 at 03:58 pm
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This is a great list for any comic book collector.
Good job!
William Pearce replying to a comment from derwent / September 25, 2015 at 04:00 pm
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You mean exemplify the comic culture where the store owner (Birkmoe) is a condescending jerk who never has any interest in helping customers find anything? Classic Birkmoe story. I walk in, as usual he is wearing his out of date blazer that's awful, I tell him I can't go to a book signing and ask him if I can buy a signed book in advance and pay that minute. He tells me, no, his staff have too much to do and can't take personalized requests. I tell him, I just want the book signed without personalization. He says no, doesn't have the staff. So I re-arrange my schedule and go (bought the books on Amazon) and watch as his staff bring like 20 books up to get signed before the signing starts.

That's the guy who runs the best store in Toronto? TCAF is great because Birkmoe has nothing to do with it. Beguiling is a danky hole run by a turd.
Taarna / September 25, 2015 at 04:32 pm
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Where is Paradise Comics? They're great! Oh, right. Nothing north of Bloor! or even Eglinton!
W. K. Lis / September 25, 2015 at 04:36 pm
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Ah! Memories of when comic books were available at any or all local convenience (then known as smoke) shops. Now they are available, it seems, only in specialty comic book stores far from home.
DMC replying to a comment from William Pearce / September 25, 2015 at 04:52 pm
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William, you sound like a salty ex-girlfriend.
Derwent replying to a comment from William Pearce / September 25, 2015 at 04:59 pm
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I've been a customer for 10 years and Peter has always been helpful.
The Chekan replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / September 25, 2015 at 05:58 pm
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Good on that; having to buy them from corner stores is a pain in the ass anyway. And many people should be getting pull-boxes for their little ones so that they can get the books that they need

Of course, comic books are still available at magazine shops and corner stores, but why buy them there when you can buy them at places dedicated to comic books?
Brandon / September 25, 2015 at 06:01 pm
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Paradise Comics should be in the top 3! Cyber City Comix should be in the mix as well.
The informer / September 25, 2015 at 06:32 pm
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Comic pile has been closed for over a week. Stale list, reaaal stale.
Wow William / September 25, 2015 at 06:35 pm
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That's a shitty story, I won't be going there and I'll let my friend know.
Toronyoboy / September 25, 2015 at 06:35 pm
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Yesterday's Heroes, Comic Post and Dragon Lady were the greatest, each with their own specialization. All have closed and are dearly missed.

Paradise Comics is the best of the bunch.
Sad Sal / September 25, 2015 at 06:36 pm
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I just drove from Hamilton to find that The Comic Pile is closed, the authors last name expresses my current state of mind.
John / September 25, 2015 at 09:15 pm
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Dr comics has the best membership program in the city with a free comic every month. Owner is extremely
Nice and you can always have great deals in the store with their silver age and vintage 80s toys. My top pick for stores for sure
Owen / September 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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Add me to the list of people shocked to not see Paradise Comics on this list. I agree that The Beguiling and Little Island are great, but missing Paradise is an oversight.
Holden / September 26, 2015 at 08:19 am
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My kids love Little Island. The staff are great too.
Joshua / September 26, 2015 at 08:44 am
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Anyone remember the hairy tarantula??
Domenic / September 26, 2015 at 09:37 am
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I'm shocked Dr.Comics is #11, great selection of back issues, amazing membership with free monthly new releases and great selection of toys and pop culture items. Truly a gem in the city of Toronto. This store should be top 5 for sure. They also support indie and local comics as well.
Jason / September 26, 2015 at 09:39 am
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I agree with Domenic the Doctor is the best store for membership and free comics! Simply the best in the city by far
scott / September 26, 2015 at 10:06 am
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Paradise Comics is by far the best comic shop. Having been a collector for 41 years I feel there is a strong bias to downtown shops on this list. To see the silver snail still at the top of the list supports this idea. The silver snail was incredible in the 80's and very early 90's but went downhill after it formed multiple stores. The recent move to Dundas and young helped, but it is not top. Paradise Comics is the place to go, and once their expansion is finished it will be even better.
EL / September 26, 2015 at 10:09 am
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@Joshua HairyT is still around. In addition to their original store, they have another store now just south of Yonge & Steele.
mikey / September 26, 2015 at 10:52 am
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Ive been going to Dr.Comics now for 2 years and its a great feeling to get a free comic every month because I'm a Member! Also the 20% off the new titles helps too ;-) Love the store and the staff is very friendly. I bring the kids here as well for their kids section, love their events like Free Comic Book Day and Halloween ComicFest, check out their Facebook page for details http://www.facebook.com/1drcomics
Josh / September 26, 2015 at 11:54 am
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The Comic Room finally made this list!

I've been shopping there for almost two decades and it is a wonderful shop. There are always great discounts, monthly sales,
Incredible finds and a stellar Boxing week sale.

Troy and Sean are two of the friendliest people you could ever deal with and really make the store feel like home.
Glenn / September 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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Comics & More on the Danforth was the best, until owner Bob's struggle with cancer took him last year

A great guy, my friend and someone who had 3 generations of customers

I miss you, Bob
Jacob replying to a comment from The informer / September 26, 2015 at 03:02 pm
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The Comic Pile closed?

That's a shame. The owner used to work at Conspiracy Comics in Oakville, and was a pretty decent guy.


I don't get out to comic shops that much these days. I stopped buying (I've come to hate the word "collecting") when I ran into financial difficulties a while back, and I never really got back into it.
Brandon / September 26, 2015 at 03:09 pm
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On The Comic Pile's Facebook page it says they moved.

"Hey there folks! We've moved Down deeper into the market to 177 BALDWIN STREET!! Just down the street, folks! SEE YOU AT OUR NEW LOCATION!"
The Chekan replying to a comment from Jacob / September 26, 2015 at 03:59 pm
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You can always get new comics via Bittorrent, and you can read them on your computer with ComicRack (http://comicrack.cyolito.com/)
Ian replying to a comment from William Pearce / September 27, 2015 at 11:05 am
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In my life, I've met few people who loved comics as much as Peter at the Beguiling. At the point in my life where I was on the verge of abandoning the art form, he gave me support. He loves comics so much he bought The Beguiling, an alt comics shop. He isn't, and has never been, in it for the money. He believes in the medium.
Alex / September 27, 2015 at 01:43 pm
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Where is Paradise comics in this? They are easily one of the best, if not number 1.
JD / September 27, 2015 at 03:44 pm
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PARADISE COMICS!!!!! Best in the city.
DeadGearHead / September 27, 2015 at 04:02 pm
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Silver Snail used to be great when on Queen St. Since the move to Yonge and Dundas it has not been very good. It is only #1 on this list because of what it once was.
BerserkerRage / September 27, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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Why is this list focused within Downtown Toronto? There are many honorable mentions within GTA. Paradise Comics, Cyber City Comix, Gotham Central in Mississauga and Stadium Comics in Brampton (who hosts mini conventions during FCBD). I've even make my Summer, Boxing Week visits to Heroes in London, ON (Now THAT store has selection, $1 comic bundles, and half off graphic novels from major distributors. Paradise Comics has this incentive as well occasionally). This list should be expanded. I guess the article writer haven't ventured north of Steeles Ave. or past Milton and QEW. I'll go to my corner now with Wolverine comic in hand and RAGE!
swano replying to a comment from Taarna / September 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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You're right, nothing north of Bloor or Eglinton…. waaaaait a minute… what's #5?
Leon Emmett / September 28, 2015 at 02:24 am
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Seriously? For over 20 years Hairy Tarantula has been selling a vast range of comics, graphic novels and manga in Toronto with two locations and we're not even on the list? OK Fine - we stopped selling a lot of single issues to focus on trade paperbacks. What about Paradise Comics!? Epic fail Blog TO. Even if you think we suck, you've proved you suck worse.
Tom / September 28, 2015 at 08:01 am
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How can you go wrong with a FREE comic book monthly (I get my Walking Dead Title for Free monthly) from Dr.Comics with their VIP Membership for only $30 a year and they give you Diamond & Marvel Previews for FREE so you can see the future releases. To me Dr.Comics is the place with the best value and service in the City!
Kevin Boyd / September 28, 2015 at 10:21 am
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Selecting a comic shop is like selecting a bar. You end up going to a place that you feel the most comfortable but is also relatively close to where you live, or is accessible to transit. Toronto has a lot of great comic shops, but it also has a lot of "just okay" or "adequate" shops in my opinion, but what makes a shop great or one of the best? Looking at this list there's no sense of it AT ALL. Since this list is on BlogTO and about Toronto stores I don't think it's a problem that Mississauga and Brampton's stores are omitted, this isn't BlogMississauga, etc. However, it is pretty weird that the author would not include some great stores actually in Toronto like Paradise Comics, Cyber-City Comics or how about the store NOW readers selected - Planet X. How about The Sidekick at Queen and Greenwood? It's a hybrid comic shop and coffee shop that opened this year that has been getting a lot of positive feedback. BMV Bloor's (across from the Labyrinth) 3rd floor hosts a great comic shop for back issues and remaindered books and some new product.

The Joe Shuster Awards have honoured Silver Snail and The Beguiling with Harry Kremer Retailer Awards for being among the best shops in the country. Paradise Comics and Cyber-City have been nominated in the past, Paradise is nominated again this year. That award is considered on a number of levels, from diversity of product, overall appeal and customer service.
Christopher / September 30, 2015 at 05:44 pm
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Hey there, Chris from The Beguiling here. I just wanted to say a few things for the record. First and foremost, The Beguiling & Co. put on more than 50 author events per year, inviting cartoonists from a dozen countries to Toronto. We want readers to put a face to the name on their favourite book, and build a rapport with authors, much more than just collecting a signature (although you're welcome to do that too). Secondly, we always try to have signed stock afterwards for people who couldn't make the event, but managing all these things is some real work. There's no telling how much time an author is going to have, and so we don't make any guarantees about that sorta thing, and particularly no guarantees about personalized copies, it's just too far out of our hands. I'm sorry some folks can't understand that, but, we'll absolutely keep doing our best for the folks who can come to our events, and for the folks that can come by after. We've got nearly a dozen author events scheduled between now and Christmas, so we hope to see you at one soon.
- Chris @ The Beguiling
bradicalism replying to a comment from BerserkerRage / October 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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Every time people have to be reminded this is VOTED on. BLOGTO is not snubbing shops or avoiding anything north of Eglinton, the voters are. So everyone complaining about Paradise comics should vote next year.
Sujit replying to a comment from derwent / October 16, 2015 at 02:46 pm
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This is a top caterers cooking here also and catering prices is low.So any one buy it. http://topcaterers.com/
johnny / October 30, 2015 at 04:32 pm
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It's Halloween ComicFest this Saturday October 31, 2015 at the store. We will have a store-wide sale. All items in the store 20% OFF. Like Everything in thre store is 20% OFF. Wall Comics, Toys, Games, Apparel, Statues, Trades, you name it! Everything!

Doors open at 10:00am and we will open until 6:00pm.

Dr.Comics store is a great destination for the latest Halloween and horror pop-culture products and merchandise: from comics and graphic novels to costumes, toys and more! For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/1drcomics
Jess / November 8, 2015 at 02:36 am
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Paradise Comics is by far the best!
Chris Sarracini / November 11, 2015 at 01:51 pm
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CYBER CITY COMIX at Bathurst and Steeles is the best comic book store in the GTA. Darryl, who has owned and operated the store for over 20 years, provides customer service like no other and the atmosphere in his store is always warm and welcoming. If you have never visited Cyber City Comix you really must.

http://cybercitycomix.com/
veronicadiall replying to a comment from William Pearce / January 27, 2016 at 03:30 pm
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"You mean exemplify the comic culture where the store owner (Birkmoe) is a condescending jerk who never has any interest in helping customers find anything? "

---Honestly with your unpleasant and entitled attitude I can see why Peter didn't want to help you. For the record I've been going to the Beguiling for years and have not received anything less the professionalism from the staff especially Peter. When I need a book, and they don't have it at the store. They have run to their nearby warehouse to get it. If they don't have it at all they order it and CALL ME when it comes in. I have not received that level of help from other stores, and that's why they continue to get my business.
Eric / January 31, 2016 at 04:41 am
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This list needs updating!
Rachel Silverstein / February 6, 2016 at 01:01 am
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William there are many of us who agree with you I stopped going to beguiling because of the condescending attitude of the owner.
Zack / February 27, 2016 at 09:34 pm
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This list is trash. No paradise or Hairy T North? Come on...
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