Tate’s Comics opened way back in 1993, as the “afterschool project” of then 17-year-old high-school student Tate Ottati. The original seed money for the store actually came from Marvel stock.
From its humble beginnings back in the early ’90s, when many comics shops were going out of business, Tate’s has grown to a legendary pop-culture superstore located in sunny South Florida. Currently, it possesses an impressive 6,000+ square feet in retail space and offers a diverse product mix, from graphic novels and art books to Japanese snacks. By appealing to a wide range of collectors with a wide range of interests, this shop has continued to grow and change over the years. In 2009, they will be celebrating their 16th anniversary.
In addition to the offerings at the main Tate’s store, they have a 700-square-foot loft art gallery and boutique called Bear and Bird, which showcases fine jewelry, crafts, and other gift items. A few doors down, there’s Tate’s Gaming Satellite, which is a separate 2,000-square-foot gaming location, complete with tables for tournaments and a community of gamers.
4566 North University Dr.
Lauderhill, FL 33351
Tate’s Comics’ bestsellers for the week of January 5–11, 2009
1. The Joker by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (DC Comics)
2. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC Comics)
3. Secret Invasion (trade paperback) by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu (Marvel)
4. The Umbrella Academy (trade paperback) by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (Dark Horse)
5. Ted McKeever Library, Book 1: Transit by Ted McKeever (Image)
6. Walking Dead, Volume 9: Here We Remain (trade paperback) by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (Image)
7. Wanted (trade paperback) by Mark Millar, JG Jones, and Paul Mounts (Top Cow/Image)
8. V for Vendetta (trade paperback) by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Vertigo)
9. Fables, Volume 11: War and Pieces (trade paperback) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
10. Batman: The Killing Joke (trade paperback) by Alan Moore Brian Bolland (DC Comics)
1. Naruto, Volume 33 by Masashi Kishimoto (Viz Media)
2. Bleach, Volume 25 by Tite Kubo (Viz Media)
3. Naruto, Volume 32 by Masashi Kishimoto (Viz Media)
4. Fruits Basket, Volume 23 by Natsuki Takaya (TokyoPop)
5. Berserk, Volume 26 by Kentaro Miura (Dark Horse)
6. Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 11 by Bisco Hatori (Viz Media)
7. Vampire Knight, Volume 5 by Matsuri Hino (Viz Media)
8. Rosario+Vampire, Volume 4 by Akihisa Ikeda (Viz Media)
9. Naruto, Volume 31 by Masashi Kishimoto (Viz Media)
10. Gantz, Volume 2 by Hiroya Oku (Dark Horse)