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4 Tel Aviv comic book shops to unleash your inner geek at

Immerse yourself in the geek Bible of all Bibles at these four comic book stores

By Kayla Levy
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With seemingly everyone in the White City preoccupied with being hip, we often overlook the few brave Tel Avivians still following unconventional - albeit, nerdy - pursuits. For those of you out there that haven’t succumbed to the Wi-Fi-dependent, party-and-brunching ways of Tel Aviv, we applaud you, and offer an unconventional list of places to find the Bible of geeks: comic books! From classic storefront locations in the city center with walls and aisles of books you’ll want to take to a bookstore café, to an online shop selling anime apparel so that you can act out your greatest fantasies, these comic book destinations making it in the 21st-century remind us that not all heroes wear capes.

Israeli comic shops worth a visit

Comikaza
Comikaza
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1. Comikaza

Shopping Tel Aviv City Center

Comikaza, easily identifiable by its comic and collectors’ sculpture laden windows, is a meeting place in Dizengoff Center for comic enthusiasts around the country. The store opened in Ramat Aviv in 2003, but moved to its current location 10 years ago, where it is better located to serve Telavivians comic needs. In the typical style of comic stores, shipments come in from the US once a week, so you can always find recent and popular books, apparel, and merchandise. Complete with Marvel and DC Comic decor, as well as favorite Manga and Israeli books, Comikaza lives up to its reputation as a comic haven for international aficionados.

Comics and Vegetables
Comics and Vegetables
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2. Comics and Vegetables

Shopping White City

Comics don’t usually bring to mind vegetables, unless you’re in the city center of Tel Aviv. Comics and Vegetables is an award winning comic book store on King George Street that attracts hordes of shoppers looking for comic books and genre-specific figurines. Winner of the 2011 Eisner Spirit Retail Award–the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscar’s–the shop is packed with books and related apparel that will appeal to international comic enthusiasts spanning generations. If you can’t make it to the location, the shop is so popular that they have a second location in Ra’anana, and an online website.

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Freak
Freak
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3. Freak Games and Fantasy

Shopping Sarona

In a store designed like a dungeon within the Weizmann Center is Freak: Tel Aviv’s go-to location for card, board, and computer games alike. For over 20 years, Freak has been sustaining Telavivians' desires for a fantasy life, supplying games in an array of formats and books about witchcraft and wizardry. Whether you’re stopping by to pick up extra role play gaming supplies for Dungeons and Dragons or want to sit down on a comfy couch and read the first chapter of Harry Potter, Freak has got you covered.

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4. Akiba

Stepping into Akiba you might forget you’re in Tel Aviv, and instead, feel like you’re in the center of Tokyo. This anime and manga merchandise shop, located in Dizengoff Center, is ground zero for the manga-anime revolution reaching Israel in the past several years. Akiba is here to meet the needs of Japan's popular culture enthusiasts, from masks and posters to cosplay accessories and even Japanese snacks. Beyond the variety of products that can be found here, they also hold events aimed at spreading the love for anime, manga and everything is in between.

Akiba

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