I was introduced to Big B last week by my good friend Josh. It’s a wonderful shop filled with everything you’d imagine a comic shop could have. The shop even has a basement crammed with thousands of $2 comics. I picked up a few Groo comics by the inimitable Sergio Aragones. I’m also a sucker for classic Mad magazines and they had plenty. I grabbed a couple of early 1970s issues from the basement. I was tempted by some that were much older, better condition and a little more pricey, but I’ve learned to bring in only what I can consume.
Browsing the newer comics, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple illustrated by my college classmate, Chip Zdarsky. One being the much-lauded Sex Criminals, volume one, illustrated by Zdarsky and written by Matt Fraction. I’ll have to get some signatures on this at the next comic convention.
You can visit Big B at 1045 Upper James Street, just off Lincoln Alexander Pkwy. They are currently stocked with my soft covers.
Next, I’m heading to some favourite Toronto shops. If you want to recommend your favourite bookstore or comic shop in southern Ontario, just send me a message and I’ll check it out.