Which side of the Yarra is best for geeky needs?
Northside: Fitzroy’s Polyester Books is a counter-cultural icon, home of everything bizarre and kinky. If tentacles aren’t really your thing, All Star Comics, the newest addition to Melbourne’s burgeoning comic scene, is nestled right in the CBD. While you’re in the area, check out Minotaur, the definition of emporium. It’s packed to the gunwhales with all sorts of useless shit – in the best sense of the word.
Southside: Chapel Street’s where it’s at for all your geeky needs. As well as two spots in the Northeast, the sci-fi slanted Alternate Worlds has an arguably better location a quantum stone’s throw from Windsor station. Just down the road is Comics ‘R’ Us, a store focusing on the Marvel/DC classics as well as a bunch of collectibles.
The champion: North