7711 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004634.083686 -118.357804
Neighborhoods: Melrose, Central LA
Terrible Service High Prices – This store treats you like a sap and charges you more than other comic shops. Parking is hard and its just gotten worse over the years.
Run by some weird family that works in-store due to not enough employees
Great Place for Someone New to Comics – I'm new to comics, having just started reading them last month. I've been trying out all the comic book shops in LA, and though they all have their strong points, Golden Apple is my favorite. Aside from a great selection, the new releases are better organized than in any other store I've seen in LA, they have a very good selection of graphic novels and trades (though these could be a bit better organized), a solid selection of back issues, and what looks like a wide range of choice in toys (not being a toy guy, don't take my word for this). It also doesn't have the intimidating atmosphere for a rookie that some other shops have. I think Golden Apple is now "My Comic Book Shop."
When was the last time you read a new or vintage funny-book? – In Short
Melrose Avenue might look pretty hip to your average tourist, but there's one wonderfully geeky spot that helps balance the scales. For more than two decades, Golden Apple has provided comics nerds with all their cultural needs, while giving them a place to develop their social skills. This family-run shop, with its friendly, fannish staff, is a great place to browse in the company of fellow obsessives.
Comics and collectibles for your inner geek – Located in the heart of Melrose's boutiques and trendy teen stores, Golden Apple is a bookstore that matches that area's frenetic, ADD-vibe. Inside, you'll see a broad, albeit not always well-organized, array of comics and pop culture goodies to tempt your inner geek. Whether you're looking for a collection of "Uncle Scrooge" comics that you remember from your childhood, Archie comics for your tween niece, manga featuring the anime ninjas you love on Cartoon Network, or the latest X-Men graphic novels, you'll probably find it at Golden Apple. Sometimes the vibe is so heavily fan-boy, it can be hard to get help finding stuff from a staff that sometimes seems annoyed that you're distracting them from reading the latest issue of the Avengers. But, if you love comics, movies or toys, it's worth a visit.
Two Thumbs Up – This is the best place in town to pick up all your comics and toys. The staff is always willing to chat and fill you in on things you missed and items that you know you need. Need you go anywhere else? I think not.
Best Comic Book Shop in L.A. – I love this place. They always have the most up-to-date infomation on titles, new releases and hard-to-find merchandise. An in-house artist spiffies up those models in the back if you don't like the paint job. The store hosts a ton of events with folks like Neil Gaiman and Kevin Smith stopping in every time they're in town. You never know who you'll see chatting with the staff or just hanging out.
You can find most anything – This place has a large volume of comic books. Unlike some small comic books stores that hide there ish so they can mark it up later. Apple puts out all they get in terms of inventory. I recommend this to anyone who loves comics. The people there are also cool.
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