Japanese manga, American comics and more at Comics Café
Comics Café in Bangalore is a one stop shop for comics, games and coffee. Growing population of comic and graphic novel lovers in the city inspired Meibo Ono to set up the café which stocks over 1500 comics from all over the world.
We’ve all grown up reading them and have a great passion for them and now there’s a café specially dedicated to comics in Bangalore. Comics Café located in Gopalan Mall is the first and only kind of cafe in India which stocks an exhaustive range of comics from all over the world. Established in 2009, they have a collection of American comics, Indian comics and Japanese Manga in English and Japanese. Manga comics constitute the most popular kind of reading material in Japan and today, there is a wide range of manga titles, catering to all ages and subjects including action-adventure, romance, sports, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy.
Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry and have slowly gained popularity around the world. Some of the popular titles at Comics Café include Bramstroker's Dracula, Deadpool Suicide Kings, Doremon, Astro Boy and dark comedies like V for Vendetta, Dark Wolverine and the ever fascinating 100 Bullets.
Meibo Ono who moved to Bangalore in 2004 saw youngsters taking a keen interest in reading Japanese comics and graphic novels; this encouraged her to open a Comics cafe along the lines of existing ones in Japan and Canada. “Comics act as a great stress-buster for today’s youngsters. The library has a huge collection of more than 1500 comics and you can even find the latest comics released in America on our shelves. Since individually buying comics can be an expensive affair, we stock up on all the latest titles as soon as they are released,” Says Dayal Thomas, Manager, Comics Café.
He adds, “Reading comics is a most popular culture in western countries and we wanted to establish this culture in India for the first time through our outlet. All our comics and mangas are imported from America, Japan and Singapore. Off late we’ve also started stocking Indian comics as there is a huge demand for it. We add new titles to the collection every six to eight months and we also have a database of visitors and they are intimated the moment latest titles are added to the collection.
The outlet has three corners and each is designed specifically for its usages. The library reading area is a very calm, cool and spacious with very comfortable sofa sitting arrangement. Game corners are again spacious areas where you can enjoy and move your body in full swing by playing WII games. Internet corner is where you can get connected to the web. Dayal says, “To make it a complete café experience we also provide hot and cold refreshments. Apart from that we have WII games in which we offer games of all levels and for all ages. The whole idea is to let people have a good time and keep them engaged in various fun activities,”
They charge Rs. 30 to read American and Japanese Comics for 30 minutes. Now they are even offering a 50% discount on all their services. To know more, check their Facebook Page.
Comics Cafe Bangalore
3rd Floor, Gopalan Arcade(Next to: Raja Rajeshwari Gate), Raja Rajeshwari Nagar,
Mysore Road, Bangalore -560098 Map