Compare to Europe and US we have very little amount of Comics fans in Sri Lanka. As the result you won’t find many comics books in Sri Lankan book market. I have been haunted by many comics fans in Sri Lanka time to time about the availability of books in Sri Lankan market. I’m writing this post for everyone who would ask me the same question.
US and Europe, especially Europe has a rich comic culture which is still continuing and blossoming in their countries. But we don’t have a rich comics culture. Even the small time local comics publishers closed down their business during 90’s due to the domination of mass media such as TV and Cinema.
Okay, let’s cut the crap and come to the point. Where can I buy comics books in Sri Lanka??. My answer is, you can buy comics books in many major books stores in Sri Lanka including VijithaYapa, Cargills Book City, M.D. Gunasena etc but you’ll disappointed by looking at their collection. Mostly they’ll have some TIN TIN books and Asterix books. Nothing more…
If you are a real comics fan go to Cargills Book City at Majestic City and check out. They have few comics books. You want more?? Then directly head towards Vijithayapa book store at Crescat, Colombo – 3. You’ll be surprised to see the collection they have. You can find books from Wolverine to Tin Tin. They have good number of graphic novels too. So don’t miss out their store. Beware good books will cost you about 1500 LKR. Some books even more than 2000 LKR.
Well, that’s for English comics fans. Here comes more information for Tamil comics fans in Sri Lanka. Tamil comics were on peak during 70s, 80s and it started to fade after 90s. There was bunch of Tamil comics publishers mainly form Tamil Nadu, India. But currently there is only one company publishing Tamil comics books. Even then they are not doing it regularly. From the year 2012 Prgash publishers from India started to publish Tamil comics in good quality papers equal to international standard.
You can buy Tamil comics books from most of the major Tamil book stores. They’ll have old publications. If you are behind new books which is being released then you need to check out following places.
- Dot Music – Near wellawatte HSBC bank
- Fruit Shop – Near Bambalapittiya Kathiresan kovil (011-2590346)
- Shop near Wellawatte Police station, which is next to DSI store and right behind police station bus halt in seaside
- Contact Gogulam Readers Circle at 0775143907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it for now. If you know any more places please update it in the comments section. Happy reading guys.
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