Raleigh >Bookstores > Capitol Comics
3027 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760735.789846 -78.677722
Great store. – Don't listen to the previous reviewer. His review is based on his apparent inherent skittishness, nonexistent tolerance of basic store etiquette and thinly veiled accusations of racism. Most, if not all, comic shops have a no-free-reading policy; they'll let you try a comic out, but how are they going to make money if they let you read it for free? And the $5 minimum for card purchases is practically universal: if the purchase is making them less money than they're paying for the fee to use the credit system, they're LOSING money.
In truth, Capital Comics is a great store. I've been on or around campus for years, and I've lived in the Raleigh area and have been traveling to Capital Comics since I was a kid. The owner is incredibly nice, as are most of the staff. There is always the employee that rubs you the wrong way, a fact true for all retail stores, but by and large the staff is helpful (as in, actually asking if they can help you) and friendly. I actually frequent a number of comic book shops, and Capital always has the most shelf copies of every book. Their collection of trades is top-notch; off-hand, I cannot think of a single time I've ever had to ask them to order something that wasn't a big-ticket item.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of Capital Comics is that they are a COMIC SHOP. They treat their comics well (read: they put BOARDS in the BAGS, unlike Foundation's Edge) and they deal primarily, and almost exclusively, in comics and directly comics-related merchandise (i.e. T-shirts, a few toys, trading cards and posters). They don't waste space with table-top gaming, obscure movies or all the random stuff Foundation's Edge throws on their shelves. Every inch of the store is covered in back issues and trades. Back issues are never marked up to capitalize on sensationalism (i.e. Captain America #25). Capital Comics is a store for COMIC fans looking for an actual COMIC shop.
I cannot recommend Capital Comics, or its sister store, enough.
do not support this store go to foundations edge instead better group of ppl. – i have been going to this place since i was 10 years old and the guys who work here have always treated me like an outsider, they are huge geeks who look down on you if you don't know all kinds of useless comic book trivia like they do. There are only a couple of descent people that work there but the owners are total tools. The last time I was there ( i do mean the last time since i will not go back) one of the owners ( the thinner old bald guy you might see there) asked if i need help with anything while i looked at the new issues that had come out, i replied no thank you since i knew exactly what i had come in for.. I then proceeded to go to the comics they have on the wall to see if there was any new issues of comics i collect that i may have missed. Seeing the comic i was looking for i look for any other choices i might be interested in. so i see one and begin looking at it (the store has a rule of no free reading but as i was not intending to finish the comic and was only seeing if the story was interesting enough to buy) and i hear the owner again asks me if if he could help me find anything, i hear this and i assume he was talking to another costumer since i have already answered him when he asked before, i ignore him. he then leaves from behind the register and literally sneaks up behind me and state the question again loud enough to noticeabley startle me. he never apologizes for scaring me or sneaking up to me and normally when i store owner approaches a minority its to observe a person to see if they are shoplifting but instead just brush it off and assume it's him trying to enforce the no free reading policy and put the comic back. since i didn't get to find out if the comic i was looking at was interesting enough to buy i pick up the one i intended to buy from the begining and go to check out, i try to pay with my card and he then says to pay i need to purchase over $5. i hear this and become irrate and leave. plz don't support this store
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