The staff at Rogues Gallery is made up of comic book and video game experts and are available to help customers find what they need. (Photos by Carson Ganong / Community Impact Newspaper)
Rogues Gallery Comics and Games began in 2001 as Dragon’s Lair Round Rock, a branch of the Austin-based Dragon’s Lair comic book and game store.
In 2007, the owner of Dragon’s Lair Round Rock retired and Randy Lander, at the time Deputy Store Manager, bought the store and renamed it Rogues Gallery.
Fourteen years later, Rogues Gallery still sells a wide variety of comics, graphic novels, board games, card games, and role-playing games, or RPGs.
Rogues Gallery is also a gathering place for comic book and tabletop game fans in the Round Rock and Williamson County area.
âOur mission from the start has definitely been community building,â said Lander. âOur ultimate goal is to create a kind of geek community. “
Rogues Gallery’s frequent game nights and in-store events play a vital role in this ambition, Lander said. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogues Gallery hosted Dungeons & Dragons games two nights a week and Magic: The Gathering every Friday.
Security concerns have resulted in most in-store events being suspended for now, and Lander said he doesn’t know when in-store games will be back in full force.
In the meantime, Rogues Gallery is still holding limited events, including Free Comic Book Day, Free RPG Day, and Magic: The Gathering premieres.
Despite the pandemic-related break from most in-store events, Lander said the sense of community is still alive at the Rogues Gallery, as familiar faces continue to visit the store regularly.
âWe have a mailing list of around 1,000 people, but I would say we probably have a few hundred people that I know by name and face,â Lander said. “It’s kind of like their neighborhood bar where we know them and we’ve put their comics and that sort of thing aside.”
Running Rogues Gallery is hard work, especially when it comes to dealing with all the complications brought on by COVID-19, but as a big fan of comics, Lander said the job was as rewarding as it was hard.
âI can work with people I respect and really love, and I can put stories in the hands of people who appreciate them,â Lander said. “It really is the best part of this job.”
Rogues Gallery Comics and Games
1601 IH-35, office 330, Round Rock
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 am-7pm