Israeli comic shops worth a visit
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 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.
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.
Stepping into OtakuShop you might forget you’re in the Capital of the Negev, and instead feel like you’re in the center of Tokyo. This anime and manga merchandise shop, located in Beer Sheva, is ground zero for the manga-anime revolution reaching Israel in the past several years. OtakuShop sells cosplay products and anime accessories, guaranteed to meet all your cosplay convention needs. With reasonable prices for high quality international products, and knowledgeable staff that facilitate on-site support and email orders, OtakuShop will leave any anime fan thoroughly satisfied, and decked out in apparel!