Villainous Lair comics is good at being bad. Sexy supervillains lure you in from the street hand-painted by co-owner Sara Swieca. Once inside Sara or co-owner, Chris Mitchell, are quick to greet you and welcome you to their lair. You don’t have to buy anything. There are always some people around playing a CCG (Collectable card game) such as Magic, Pokemon or YuGiOh . Epic Nerd conversations are welcome, challenge their geek lore. Both of the owners have years of experience in the business and a lifetime in the community and have fostered an atmosphere that is neither home nor work, but a place to hang out. Peruse their extensive subscription news rack for the latest issues, dig through their boxes and boxes of back issues or check out their graphic novels. Local artists are welcome to display their work or offer it on a consignment basis. Toys and merchandise are available including Comic Con exclusives. Don’t even think about buying the life-size Yoda. Sara has had it since she was a child, and it was cast from the original mold. Community is more than a word to the villains here. They are fundraising for baby Leia, a local child stricken with an expensive but curable illness. They have a program for soldiers where if you pay for or donate comics they pay for the shipping overseas for these and other care packages. They also work with Wounded Warrior and Toys for Tots as well as other programs. There are free movie screenings, panels, parties, workshops (for things like zombie makeup on a budget), and soon: CCG tournaments. If they don’t seem that evil for villains you may be right. But if you suddenly don’t feel so well after a visit, you may have to come back for another dose of antidote.
5517 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste ABSan Diego, CA 92117
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Its rare that would venture outside my local comic scene in LA, but I was on vaca in san diego and stumbled into this store onthe main drag. One thing I hate about alot of comic shops is that they all have clusters of ugly white boxes that you have to sift through. This store has 15 foot racks that displays EVERYTHING! It was so easy to find the trades I wanted. very helpful service. The guy who worked there. I guess it was the owner helped me out, pointed out there was a new Gambit action figure I didn''t know was even released, and gave me HIS retailer copy of December Previews, because he was out of them. Highly recommend. They even have a nice arcade there with spiderman and ROBOCOP! YES ROBOCOP the arcade game. It was just a quarter to play them! Check it out... you wont be sorry! -Rick
This store has everything! The best part is that it deals 99.9 % in comic books as opposed to have anything under the sun in it. The walls and shelves contain so many years of American history that you can almost refer to it as a library. The owner Greg is one of the coolest too. Every month they carry a theme wall. When I did the interview theme was the internationally known Green Hornet. For comic book lovers it would almost be a crime to not check out that theme for yourself every month.