If you haven’t heard of Minotaur yet, well, I’m afraid you’re missing what is arguably Melbourne’s most voluminous slice of geek/collector culture. Downstairs on Elizabeth St, between Collins and Lt Collins, Minotaur is a heftily sized L shaped emporium of pop-culture. From the latest comics and graphic novels from Marvel, DC, Wildstorm, Vertigo and a swag of other publishers to Manga and Hentai, novels, biograhies plus art books and erotica, any fan of the popular written word will have a home here at Minotaur. For the true fan, of course, there are also figurines a plenty of your favourite comic book, film or novel hero – from A Nightmare Before Christmas to Lord of the Rings, Hellboy to Dexter.
There is really not enough room for me to try to list the gamut of Minotaur’s stock, and they have even more online in their webstore!!!
The main plusses of Minotaur are that it goes further than almost any other store I’ve seen in Australia to cover the entire world of pop culture and its’ ephemera. Nothing is too silly, too gimmicky, too obscure for Minotaur: from Emily breathmints to Deathnote shoulderbags, Simpsons toothbrushes and Dexter bobbleheads. At the same time they have a huge back catalogue of trade comics and art books for those who are more serious/completist about their fandom.
The main doubts I have about Minotaur is that they are too large and busy to have any care or attention to their customers: or perhaps they’re just wary of the passion fans have and they know they’ll get stuck for hours on some obscure point about Batman’s costume if they’re not careful. However, the smaller comic stores do seem to have more of a personal touch than Minotaur. But if you want to collect not only your favourite TV show, but the resulting comic, or film, or poster, or patch, or novelty gimcrack, or figurine, or spinoff series, or flavoured gum: Minotaur is the place for you. Most insane at Christmas, on shipment days and sometimes on the weekend.
|Minotaur Entertainment||Phone: +61 3 9670 5414|
|121 Elizabeth Street||Comics: +61 3 9670 5415|
|Melbourne 3000||Fax: +61 3 9670 7670|
Shop Opening Hours:
Mon – Wed: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm