I was uncool before uncool was cool. I grew up with the ‘Thundercats’, chasing my own tail. What I’ll try to portray here is that Mekanik truly is the comic Walhalla. Located right here, in the heart of the cosmos, you will find nearly everything that is comic-related. This shop has been around for over 30 years and has conquered a place in every Antwerp nerd’s heart. I bet some of them even shared their first kiss here while looking for some of the European or American comic books.
Complementing the notorious comic emporium, there’s a gallery where you can check out nifty exhibitions. This scene offers lesser known artists the opportunity to reveal some of their work to comic art enthusiasts. This venture even organizes an annual competition for upcoming talent, called ‘What’s your excuse.’ Are you talented? Do you love comics? Are you between the age of 15 and 35? Then you might want to think about entering your drawings. As Yoda would say: “Do or do not; there is no try.” When you enter the contest and come out on top, I hope you won’t forget about me while you rise to fame.
Yes, I am a FANBOY; I love Alan Moore and look down on Trekkies. Thinking of this place makes me feel elated and wildly enthusiastic. To the non-believers all that remains is this: broaden your horizon, give the nerd inside you some air to breathe and some comics to digest.