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Our picks for the best comic shops and conventions in Orlando 

SHOPPING

A Comic Shop
This Winter Park comics haven has been pushing the notion of what a comic book store can be for years now, with a wide selection of indie titles, interesting events and even their Geek Easy bar and venue (which spun off onto its own recently).

Acme Superstore
A hidden gem of Orlando fandom, Acme is a strip mall unto itself, stuffed to the gills with a stunning treasure trove of plastic nostalgia from the 1970s to the present, as well as comics from the last 60 years.

BAMF Comics & Coffee
An ambitious new spot in Maitland combines comics, toys and gaming supplies, but also hosts a robust schedule of art and game events. And, yes, they serve coffee!

Coliseum of Comics
The local comics institution has come a long way since its lone storefront on Orange Blossom Trail; now they've got locations throughout the city and in Kissimmee. They offer mountains of comics and graphic novels, new and old.

Gods & Monsters
Brave the tourist hordes on I-Drive to visit this comics and collectibles emporium. Not only do they have all manner of funnybooks and toys and statues, make a beeline for the back and you'll enter the apocalyptic speakeasy that is Vault 5421.

CONVENTIONS

Megacon
Orlando's comics and anime community wait all year for this massive, long-weekend of fandom overload. Big-name stars do signings and photos, scores of vendors peddle their wares, and seemingly every other attendee sports dazzling cosplay.

Spooky Empire
Though Spooky has tested our love of late with the relocation of this autumn's event to Tampa and last year's infamous Elvira Pop scuffles, we can't help but hold a candelabra for this locally grown gathering of all things horror and pop-culture and collectibles.

Anime Festival Orlando
For those more inclined to manga, anime and sundry facets of Japanese pop-culture, AFO is an annual wonderland of voice actors, dealers selling hard-to-find import items, gaming, panels and, yes, a rave.

A Comic Shop
114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park,
acomicshop.com

Acme Superstore
905 E. State Road 434, Longwood,
acme-superstore.com

BAMF Comics & Coffee
500 E. Horatio Ave., Maitland,
bamfcomicstore.com

Coliseum of Comics
multiple locations,
coliseumofcomics.com

Gods & Monsters
5421 International Drive,
godmonsters.com

Megacon
megaconorlando.com

Spooky Empire
spookyempire.com

Anime Festival Orlando
animefestivalorlando.com

click to enlarge Jeff Goldblum at Megacon - PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGACON
  • Photo courtesy of Megacon
  • Jeff Goldblum at Megacon


This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.

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