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Gifting For the Geeks
Lobo Anime and Comics
Comics are actually cool for the first time in American history, so it would be a smart idea to make hay while the sun is shining and load up with a stack of funny books from Lobo Anime and Comics. This place has an impressive collection of comic back issues at prices that won’t break the bank, and their classic toy and anime selections are spot on. You’re sure to find something perfect for the superhero on your holiday list at this shop. You can visit their shop virtually through their Ebay account (ebay.to/32XiwjK) or their website (lobocomics.com). 332-0499
1016 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE #D
Everyone’s familiar with this shop’s iconic superhero mural. It’s one of the most eye-catching monuments on Central. Inside, Astro Zombies has everything an earthling obsessed with pop culture could desire for their “retro nostalgia artifact,” “collectible figurine” and “graphic literature” collections. They even have a pretty killer record selection for the music nerds—sorry “aural enthusiasts.” It’s the perfect place to shop for hipsters with an eye for the cooler things in life. While health orders are in place, Astro Zombies (astrozombies.com) is accepting telephone orders and curbside service. 232-7800
3100 Central SE
Ettin Games and Hobbies
It sounds barbaric, but it’s true. Back in the long-distant (pre-COVID) era, people actually played games that didn’t involve screens, controllers or graphics. One of the best services that Ettin Games and Hobbies offers is its free-to-play library of board games meant to give you the best idea of the product before you buy it. While the collection may be out of reach for the time being, it will be something worth seeing when in-store shopping starts again. In the meantime, their online shop (ettingamesabq.com) is still open for business. They’re also offering curbside service. 503-6993
8252 Menaul Blvd. NE
Whether the gamer on your list prefers cards, consoles, boards or dice, Noble Gaming will scratch whatever itch they have. Their collection of classic DVDs and console games is robust, but card collectors will find this shop especially tantalizing thanks to its rich inventory of trading card games. If you have a loved one who’s crazy about MTG, YGO, other TCGs or just acronyms in general, they won’t steer you wrong. The Montgomery location is currently closed, but the Coors location is still bopping. Call ahead for curbside service or visit them at their website (playnoble.com). 858-0212
9311 Coors Blvd. NE
Does your giftee get pissed off whenever they have to pick up a controller that has more than two buttons? While in pleasant company, do they loudly proclaim that Super Mario Bros. is still the best game in existence and totally embarrass you? They have a problem, and it can be solved with a care package from Gamers Anonymous. Now let’s be honest. This probably won’t make the issue go away. But it will keep them occupied so you can socialize without looking like a nerd. The shop is offering curbside service so give them a call or visit their website (garetro.com). 332-0717 [ ]