Culture, Czech Republic, Entertainment, Prague

ComicsPoint II, a Comic Book Store in Prague

Update: The’ve opened another store in the lower level of the Palladium shopping mall. Very pretty store.

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Wow. This is the second store that this couple have opened and it really nails the “comic store with everything” vibe. We finally have a real comic book store in Prague (and now 4,500 comics richer!) And unlike every other place I’ve been around here, it is quite sanely priced.

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Open on the weekends come holiday time.

Web, email, phone: +420 222 524 222
Comics Point
Anglicka 14, Praha 2, Czech Republic
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Original Pub and Gallery, U Pelzu

Just got back from Southern Moravia and am in the process of putting everyhing together in my head and on the net, but the one of the many standouts was this place in Albeř. Ok, Albeř is a really small town next to Nova Bystřice, just a 3 kilometer ride from the town square.

U Pelzu is husband-wife affair with a small staff, a large secondary room/salon, a small gallery and musical & cultural events taking place a couple of times per week. It is a real treat to come to this place and sit down after a day of riding and eating your typical Czech fare. The cook is constantly making things from scratch, true home-cooking, no additives or ingredients from a packet, bag or can. It’s all fresh. Menu items are dependant upon what is bought or found fresh; for example, while we were sitting down having a beer and talking, the husband said he had to leave to go forage for mushrooms (chanterelles) which then appeared in the next day’s soup. My son suddenly started drinking hot-chocolate every time we popped in because it was so obviously crafted and carefully made.

Care has been taken to keep the place from becoming commercialized, so you will see no advertisements for any comanies on the tables, windows etc. except for the occasional Svijany mug. If you are familiar with the Slavonice Gallery and workshop then you might get a sense of what this place is about. No two tables or soup bowls are alike. Everything is unique and original, colorful and clean.

The above photos show the apricot-blueberry-plum dumplings; the Rumador potatoe pancake; one of the soups; the main room; the outside garden; a beer in which the foam formed a heart shape and just one example of the wall-art.

Contact: Albeř 26, Nova Bystřice 378 33. mail: upelzu@seznam.cztelefon: +420 605 262 782, +420 739 491 158; web: U Pelzu on the Web

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Comic Book Shops in Vienna

So we’re in Vienna because Prague has no comic book stores … Of.Any.Kind.

Kind of a long way to travel but in the end worth it. We managed to find three that weren’t so far apart from each other that we couldn’t hit them all at least once in the course of our limited day.

Two of the shops we visited are listed at “The Master List“.

This one at Gredlerstraße 4 looked the best but was closed two weeks for vacation. We will definitely be going back at some point to check it out. It looked that good from the outside, and bigger than the next two.

The second one at Barnabitengasse 12 is the farthest away but in an interesting location near a ton of other shops and restaurants etc. It’s not a bad size and has lots of Manga, books, toys and comics in English and German.

The third one was Comics Hutterer, and was the easiest to find because you walk right past it going to the center. It is close enough to the first one above that you can easily go to both in a few minutes time to compare. It was the smallest and in our opinion the weakest, organized in a rather random manner. My son wanted toys primarily and their selection was small, but what surprised me wast the selection of some really old toys and figures still in their boxes, which might interest others. They also pretty much have nothing in English.

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Praying Mantis Circus

Walking through Letna Park today I noticed the Praying Mantis mentioned on BoingBoing and Lukira and photographed in Staromestske namesti by Jeffery Martin.

I only wish my pictures were as good as Mr. Martin’s, but here are a few of the Mantis at rest before being shipped out for further entertainment by the French circus Malabar. Please click on the photo for a larger view.