Round Rock Edition | December 2021

BUSINESS FEATURE Rogues Gallery Comics andGames Specialty store acts as gaming hub for local fans R ogues Gallery Comics and Games started in 2001 as Dragon’s Lair Round Rock, a branch of Austin-based comic and game store Dragon’s Lair. In 2007, the owner of Dragon’s

BY CARSON GANONG

and Lander said he is unsure when in-store gaming will return in full force. Rogues Gallery still hosts limited events including Free Comic Book Day, Free RPG Day and Magic: The Gathering prereleases. Despite the pause on most in-store events, Lander said the sense of community is still alive at Rogues Gallery as familiar faces continue to visit the store regularly. “We have a mailing list of about 1,000 people, but I would say we

Rogues Gallery sta are comics and gaming experts and are available to help customers nd what they need. (Photos by Carson Ganong/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lair Round Rock retired and Randy Lander, at that time the shop’s assis- tant manager, purchased the store and renamed it Rogues Gallery. Fourteen years later, Rogues Gallery still sells an array of comics; board games; card games; and roleplaying games, or RPGs. Rogues Gallery is also a gathering

probably have a couple hundred people who I know by name and face,” Lander said. “It’s kind of like their neighborhood bar where we know them and we have their comics set

“OURMISSION FROM THE OUTSET HAS DEFINITELY BEEN COMMUNITY BUILDING. OURULTIMATE GOAL IS TOBUILD SORT OF A GEEK COMMUNITY.” RANDY LANDER, ROGUES GALLERY COMICS AND GAMES OWNER

place for fans of comics and tabletop games in the Round Rock and Williamson County area. “Our mission from the outset

Among its inventory, Rogues Gallery Comics and Games sells a diverse line of role-playing games.

A number of graphic novels, role- playing games, comics and other items are in stock.

POPULAR S E L L E R S

Some of the most popular items sold this year at Rogues Gallery Comics and Games include:

ROLEPLAYING GAMES: • Dungeons & Dragons • Dread • Pathnder • Fate • Call of Cthulhu

BOARD GAMES: • Carcassonne • Pandemic • Bargain Quest • Splendor • Azul

COMICS: • TMNT The Last Ronin • Brzrkr • Batman • Thor • Nocterra

GRAPHIC NOVELS: • Batman Hush • House of X/ Powers of X • Saga

has denitely been commu- nity building,” Lander said. “Our ultimate goal is to build sort of a geek community.” Rogues Gallery’s frequent in-store game nights and events play a vital role toward that ambition, Lander said. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogues Gallery hosted Dungeons & Dragons games two nights a week and Magic: The Gathering. Safety concerns resulted in the suspension of most in-store events,

aside and that kind of thing.”

Running Rogues Gallery is hard work, especially when it comes to managing all the compli- cations brought about by COVID-19, but as an avid comic book fan, Lander said the work is as rewarding as it is dicult. “I get to work with people who I really respect and like, and I get to put stories in the hands of people who appreciate them,” Lander said. “That’s really the best part of this job.”

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SOURCE: ROGUES GALLERY COMICS AND GAMESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Rogues Gallery Comics andGames 1601 I-35, Ste. 330, Round Rock 512-279-8888

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