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Zeus Comics and Collectibles, Dallas

Dallas Observer: Best of Dallas 2018: “Best pop culture experience”

We like just about any comic book store, but we love Zeus. Zeus does, in fact, have an amazing range of books and collectibles, but it’s more than that: In a realm of pop culture that has largely been dominated by straight white male points-of-view, Zeus creates experiences that amplify the voices and speak to the interests of female, LGBTQ and young comic book fans. It’s an inclusive atmosphere, honed by owner Richard Neal, whose smiling face has greeted almost every customer over the past 18 years — and in countless conversations about storylines and superhero deaths, he’s been able to key in on what fulfills his customers. Like the Birds of Prose Women’s Book Club, which meets the first Wednesday of every month over cocktails and crafts and often features Skype sessions with authors like Brian Michael Bendis of “Jessica Jones” or Jen Van Meter of “Hopeless Savages.” Zeus offers a Girl Scout badge program in the spring that fills up in seconds and has hosted lively LGBTQ mixers for years. Ultimately, it’s an atmosphere that feels more like family than retail: Everyone is part of the pop-culture conversation at Zeus.

Recently, Zeus has added a LGBTQ book club that meets the last Wednesday of the month. This group reads and discusses novels that have a LGBTQ bent, either by story, author, or both!