I went to Columbus to visit relatives over the weekend. As usual, I had a delightful shopping experience at The Laughing Ogre – good selection, friendly staff, etc. While wandering around the city, I happened upon two other comic shops that weren’t open during their posted hours. It was pure chance that I stumbled upon either store, so I’m not outraged or anything, but it did strike me as an odd and not at all encouraging trend. I’m just saying.

I also did an informal Barnes & Nobel/Borders compare-and-contrast. The Columbus Borders reinforced my perception that they have a better selection of comics and graphic novels. Again, if Barnes & Noble takes over Borders, I hope they let Borders set the course for graphic novels and manga. I tend to pre-order anything that I suspect won’t ever show up in a Barnes & Noble, but the last thing anyone needs is a smaller number of outlets that will carry interesting graphic novels. Just ask Dark Horse.

Also, this struck me as kind of depressing. There once was a funky, interesting neighborhood called The Short North in Columbus (think Dupont Circle in Washington) that seems to be kind of a victim of its own success (as is Dupont Circle, which has too many pricey shoe stores to be funky and interesting any more). It’s kind of gone mall, if you know what I mean. The great gay bookstore that was there forever has been shoved several blocks north of its former neighborhood.

4 Responses to Travelogue

  1. anonymousbordersemployee says:

    As someone who works at a Borders, I can say that Borders not only aggressively orders graphic novels and manga, but allows for a rather lax employee ordering and add to stock policy. Basically, I can order any graphic novel or manga available and can then add it to stock. Undoubtedly, this is occasionally abused but in the store I work at, I noticed that we no longer carry Vol. 1 of Batman ‘Hush’ and that ‘Vol 2’ has been sitting on the shelf for a long time. I ordered 2 copies of ‘Hush Vol. 1′, added them to the shelf and in the past two weeks, all copies have sold! Unfortunately, with Borders’ problems, this lax policy will be cracked down on as they increasingly try to use the less-is-more B & N approach…

  2. Max says:


    Glad you got to spend some quality time in my fair city! Sorry about the Short North/ High Street Mall-i-vision… that’s the central city’s idea of competing with the suburban big box mall-sprawl. (But at least the Short North Gazette has a nice selection of local cartoonists’ comics:

    Are you planning on coming up to see Jeff Smith’s Bone Exhibit at the Wexner Center?

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, definitely! I’ve got a graduation to hit in June, so I’ll add that to the agenda. Thanks for pointing it out to me, Max.

  4. BBayliss says:

    Next time you are in Columbus be sure to hit up Dave’s Clubhouse in Reynoldsburg. It’s a quaint comics/gaming shop run by a little old lady who likes to cook on Saturdays for her customers!

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