Comic books are the bestseller at SuperVillian Comics — Photo courtesy of SuperVillian Comics
And video games, anime paraphernalia and sci-fi goodies, like Star Trek Pop! figures. A Godzilla bottle opener. The Game of Thrones Risk game. Yu-Gi-Oh decks. Sword Art Online action figures.
If you know what those things are, then you probably already understand why SuperVillian Comics is a shopping haven on the coast.
And even if you don’t, there are superhero hoodies, a wide selection of funny coffee mugs and colorful phone cases here to amuse even shoppers who are not deeply immersed in the comic or gaming lifestyle.
"This shop is set up so that even the curious, unexposed-to-comic-culture population out there is neither intimidated nor lost," says owner Christine McIntosh. "We truly have something for everyone."
Collectibles and games at SuperVillian Comics — Photo courtesy of SuperVillian Comics
This comic shop first opened as a 400-square-foot shop in Texas in 2004, and it quickly began growing.
In 2013, SuperVillian Comics opened doors in Cocoa Beach, Fla., across the street from the Ron Jon Surf Shop. But that location was always intended to be temporary, says McIntosh.
It was tucked away behind Walgreens, which originally meant sign-wavers in superhero costumes on the main drag to advertise the location. (Tourists loved to take pictures with them, she says.)
However, when the city no longer allowed sign-wavers, it was time to relocate.
SuperVillian Comics' new location — Photo courtesy of SuperVillian Comics
The shop moved to Cape Canaveral in summer 2015, after a short closure for the move. During this time, the staff took the opportunity to make the busy summer comic convention circuit, which they share with their fans on their Facebook page.
McIntosh says the shop visits about 25 different comic tours a year, which culminates with the biggest show of the year in October: New York Comic Con.
"I try to bring cool items from these shows to the shop," McIntosh says. "We love working all of these shows and meeting other shop owners and celebrities and artists, such as Matt Smith, Karl Urban, Sebastian Stan, Neal Adams, Greg Horn and Greg Land."
Scour the new shop for movies, comics, various collectibles, statues, graphic novels, quirky gifts and sci-fi and fantasy merchandise, although comic books are the biggest seller. Look for new titles every Wednesday.
As the shop says: “If we don’t have it, we can find it.”
Harley Quinn underwear — Photo courtesy of SuperVillian Comics
The shop is a great place to score unique gifts and souvenirs, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pizza cutters. SuperVillian Comics aims to sell things you can’t find anywhere else. (Harley Quinn underwear and DC Universe mad libs, anyone?)
Shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts know they can find something interesting here, so you can expect extended open hours in the winter.
Check regular Facebook posts to stay on top of the newest merchandise – and so you can plan your visit to pick up that Joker and Harley Quinn statue or Batman candy bowl before it’s gone.
For more information and comic-industry-related news, SuperVillian Comics also runs a blog.