While the market continues to expand under heavy influence of Japanese and Western imports, there are still relatively few specialty shops throughout the Kingdom, with enthusiasts often relying on small sections of chain bookstores or online shopping to get their fix. But hardline fans are in luck in the City of Light, as more and more comic culture-focused shops are popping up across Bangkok. Get ready for this summer’s Comic Con by checking out these seven awesome comic book stores.
Thai comic book culture has developed steadily over the past few decades, fueled in no small part by the mega-success of the country’s annual Comic Con. The three-day event first launched in 2014, attracting 300,000 attendees in spite of the widespread political unrest at the time. Today attendance has swelled to over 100,000 and is now boasted as the largest pop culture event in Southeast Asia.
Operated by Japan Manga Alliance, Co., this shop opened in 2016 to lines of hundreds within its MBK venue. The incredibly popular Japanese brand, which aims to promote Japanese anime culture and mitigate comic piracy, offers nearly 30,000 items in its flagship Bangkok store, including Japanese comic books translated into Thai, model figurines, and posters.
Boasting two local shops with plans for expansion, BA KA TOON is a must-visit for comic book lovers. Its website keeps an up-to-date list of new arrivals for browsing ease. The brand also has a popular Youtube channel used to share reviews and discussions about various comics the staff and customers are interested in, with occasional special guests.
Offering an alternative to the manga craze that’s swept the city, this shop specializes in – you guessed it – classic DC and Marvel comics. From Superman to X-men, there’s something here to satisfy anyone longing for traditional Western comic books, authenticity guaranteed, and all at good prices.