What is this Domy Books?

I forgot how I found this place, but it wasn’t from simply driving down the street because if you blink, you’ll miss the store front. See?

Front
Here’s the store front as viewed from across the street.

I think I may have discovered Domy from a listing in the Houston Press on their Monday Night Movie Nights. Anyway… a new bookstore in Houston is a light to which I fly. Thankfully, people still read (as evidenced by Brazos Books remaining steadfast and open) and I found the stuff at Domy to be “alternative” from other bookstores I’ve known.

Okay… not quite as “alternative” as say Black Hawk Leather since Domy seems to be more like an independent comic book store but mainly carrying hardcover / limited edition graphic novels and small press comics as well as rare and wonderful art/music videos kind of place. Fuck it, here’s a photo to help give you a better clue:

Inside

It’s a great place to let your mind get lost and enjoy the absurd and fantastic. The people who own Domy also own Cafe Brasil as well as that crazy looking clothing store next to Cafe Brasil.

8 Comments so far

  1. PhonyDomy (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    Everything you see in their store with the exception of some original art can be found and purchased online at cheaper prices.

    I also find it very unsettling buying anything from an owner that despises graffiti yet glamorizes and exploits it with a store like this.


  2. Lisa (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Phonydomy: Well, it’s a shop. Everything you find in many, many shops can be found and purchased cheaper online.

    I’m also curious as to what you mean by “an owner that despises graffiti.” What’s the story?


  3. Joey Ramone (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    YEAH DUDE FOR SERIOUS

    IT IS LIKE I DON’T EVEN SHOP AT THE KROGER ANYMORE BECAUSE I JUST ORDER ALL MY GROCERIES ONLINE NOW AT AMAZON AND ALL OF MY BOOKS TOO WITH AMAZON PRIME IT ALL SHOWS UP SUPER FRESH AND DELICIOUS

    I DON’T SEE THE POINT OF PAYING THAT MUCH WHEN IT IS CHEAPER ONLINE FROM MANY DIFFERENT SOURCES THAN IT IS FROM A PLACE WITH A “STOREFRONT” AND “EMPLOYEES WITH BENEFITS” SO I JUST BUY FROM THE CHEAPEST POSSIBLE ONLINE SOURCE

    IN FACT I DON’T REALLY CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING TO MY LOCAL ECONOMY AT ALL

    HA HA YOU SUCKERS


  4. esther (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    smaller shops can’t buy in the same volume as online stores — and so have to charge suggested retail for their books or higher prices than online. they run a store — stores cost money to run, silly.


  5. esther (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    smaller shops can’t buy in the same volume as online stores — and so have to charge suggested retail for their books or higher prices than online. they run a store — stores cost money to run (electricity, employees, toilet paper, etc), silly.


  6. PhonyDomy (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Hahahaha, you all sound so smart.

    Go ahead and keep supporting a blatant hypocrite who’s banking off a hot culture. Make sure you pick up your latte from next door while you’re at it.

    FYI, Generally online sources are more independent than physical shops or corporations. In most cases you’re dealing with someone like yourself who doesn’t own a shop.


  7. JOEY RAMONE (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 9:10 am

    YEAH I KNOW, RIGHT?

    THIS SORT OF HORRIBLE HYPOCRISY (ALTHOUGH I DO NOT KNOW THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT OR HAVE ANY BASIS FOR YOUR STATEMENT) IS THE _EXACT_ REASON THAT I BUY CHEAPER THINGS FROM ONLINE SOURCES

    HA HA YOU FUCKERS HAVE SOME MORE COFFEE JESUS RIGHT?

    AND YEAH I DEFINITELY KNOW THAT ALL THE ONLINE SOURCES THAT I BUY THINGS (GROCERIES BOOKS ETC) ARE ALL TOTALLY IN LINE WITH MY IDEOLOGY AND THAT IS WHY I DO IT

    (NOT TO SAVE MONEY) (BECAUSE OF HYPOCRISY) (THAT I REFUSE TO ELABORATE UPON)

    SO HA HA HA YOU SMART FUCKS


  8. katya (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    I Metblogged about Domy this time last year, I really enjoy going to Domy’s events and browsing: http://houston.metblogs.com/archives/2006/06/domy_bookstore.phtml

    Granted you could definitely buy cheaper identical books and prints online, but the reason “SMART FUCKS” pay more at stores/coffee shops/bagel places/whatever is for the experience. I like the act of going into Domy and browsing, chatting with other people face-to-face with similar interests, etc.

    Yeah, so maybe I too go online after visiting and buy it cheaper and from someone I’m more willing to support – but call me a hypocritical “FUCKER” but I think it’s cool someone is actually selling this stuff in a place where more people are apt to discover it (and presumably go online and buy it unless they are independently wealthy, but whatever).

    Seriously PhonyDomy – what’s the story on the anti-graffiti sentiments? You never elaborated and I’m genuinely interested.



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