The comic book offers escape to its readers, allowing mere airline pilots and professional bodybuilders to imagine what it's like to fly or have superstrength, even if only for a moment. Read your way out of a ho-hum daily routine with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of comics, collectibles, and apparel at TATE'S Comics in Lauderhill.
TATE'S 6,800-square-foot pop-culture paradise unveils a staggering selection of collectible comic books, graphic novels, toys, and memorabilia, which has earned the shop numerous accolades including the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in 2009. Leaf through comics chronicling the crusades of Spider Man and the Fantastic Four, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog’s uphill ascent from family pet to Olympic gold medalist ($2.99+). Collectors can adorn empty mantles with inimitable Dr. Who collectibles ($12.99+), or peruse the cases safeguarding Star Wars collectibles, such as vintage action figures ($14+) or a lightsaber signed by star Mark Hamill ($799.99). Nosh on an exotic assortment of Japanese snacks ($0.99–$6.95) while admiring TATE'S selection of plush and vinyl toys, key chains, and figurines crafted by the toy tinkers at Kidrobot ($2.95+).
Well organized and amply illumined, TATE'S obtains new merchandise daily and also hosts free in-store events, such as signings and appearances from the industry’s top artists. Industrial artwork and colossal winged sculptures preside over the aisles, casting their steely gaze upon the store’s blossoming gallery of robot paintings acquired from local artists and Rick Moranis's basement lab.