So, as I was saying a few posts ago, a little while back we went to Sydney. For those of you who don’t know their geography, Melbourne is right down the bottom of Australia, and above it is Canberra, then Sydney. It’s about an hour and a half plane ride. Dave (aka the husband and ‘hottie’) were shocked at how short the trip was, just because we have been used to taking long trips overseas. An interstate flight was just the thing we needed – short, sweet…and eye opening.
Don’t get me wrong – i love my country. I think Australia is the best country in the world – minimal violence, good pay, good weather, etc etc, but I also think that Melbourne is the only city in Oz I could live. It’s the most cosmopolitan, it has everything without feeling like a big city or a little suburban town, it is, in a word, perfect. Well, other than the public transport system, but hey, can’t have everything, right?!
So, where does this lead into geek culture you may ask? Well, whilst visiting the Harbour bridge city, we stumbled across a bookstore that we also stumbled across in Bangkok. It’s name? Kinokuniya.
Let me tell you a quick story, dear Blog Reader. We have to travel back in time, to when I was twelve, extremly geeky, and hadn’t seen a bookstore bigger than a few rooms worth in my life. My Aunty found out from a friend about a little shop called Borders, and took me to the store in South Yarra. I swear I nearlly weed myself. I was so excited and happy at what surrounded me…I was like Charlie when it first sees the room made up entirely of sweets. The books, the smells, the people who also liked books all around me…paradise in such a big space!
So, walking around Sydney, I see this -
and I think I must be mistaken. How could a cool bookstore be in Sydney when it’s not in Melboure? I think to myself. I had stumbled across one also in a department store in Bangkok, but hadn’t had the time to explore it’s contents properly as my husband and I were with my folks, and they aren’t too keen on bookstores.
So, I go to check it out, and there it is. Huge. Clean. Modern. And…with…a….MASSIVE graphic novel section.
The thing I loved about this bookstore is the way the GN’s were catagorised – into Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Vertigo, and Indie (which is, of course, where I spent most of my time in.) They also had a whole lot of vinyl toys, which is another passion of mine.
So, it seems like Kinokuniya is the one thing that Sydney has, other than their train system, that Melbourne really does need. So, c’mon Kinokuniya peeps! Bring your goodness to Melbourne already!!!