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Bizarro_World.jpgBizarro World's new location on E Street.

Davis Location
223 E St.
Hours
11 AM - 7 PM Sunday - Tuesday
11 AM - 9 PM Wednesday - Saturday
Phone
(530) 759-9490
Website
[WWW]http://www.bizarroworld.net
Email
<bizarroworld AT hotmail DOT com>

Bizarro World is one of our friendly local comic book, card and game stores. The chaps that run this place are really nice and, as you'd expect, know a lot about comics. They have a moderate selection of current comics, older comics (some for really cheap), along with manga and graphic novels. They also carry toys and [wikipedia]collectable card games ([wikipedia]Magic: The Gathering type games), as well as various books, figurines, and dice for roleplaying games. There is also a small selection of board games which include some uncommon ones as well as heavily discounted used ones. They also have a large selection of both Shoujo and Shounen Manga.

Bizzaro World holds frequent tournaments and events ([WWW]calendar link). They hold Magic (unofficial, un-sanctioned)1, Yu-Gi-Oh (Official, Sanctioned), and Pokemon tournaments.

They also offer a dedicated play space — come in any time they're open.

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History

bizarro_world_old_location_photo_by_andrew_chen.jpgBizarro World's old location at 706 5th St. (between F and G).

Bizarro World has been in downtown davis for 17 years in four different locations. Before and after being located on E Street, Bizarro World was located on 706 5th Street. In 2006, Bizarro World opened a second location in Woodland, taking over "Woodland Cards and Comics"; however this location has since been closed.

Wes Pierce, now of Drom's Comics and Cards got his start working here.

Bizarro World's current location was formerly occupied by Bogey's Books. They moved in January 2010.

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I've had nothing but good experiences with this place. —PhilipNeustrom


2005-02-02 12:25:36   Very friendly staff, they even remember what I like. —AmeliaCarlson


2005-02-02 21:53:50   Not as expansive as other stores (for example, Comic Relief in Berkeley), but I agree: very friendly and helpful. Support independent businesses! —CentralDavisite


2005-06-22 17:22:26   Their dice selection is ample and prices reasonable. You're not going to find much rare stuff, but it's a good basic RPG supply shop for sure. —BrandonKeene


2005-08-03 18:42:52   Friendly staff but the folks running the place do seem more interested in Magic and RPG's than comics. Sometimes it is difficult to pull them away from a game they are playing to ask a question or buy something. For a comics shop, there is much to be desired, especially in the way of stock and selection (apparently the person that wrote the description above hasn't been to a "real" comics shop). Unfortunately they are about the only place to go locally for comics but if you are into RPG's they've got you covered. —HollywoOd


2005-09-29 20:35:51   I think that for it's size, this shop packs a wallop. The staff has always been friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. —JoseGonzalez


2006-02-17 00:13:23   I just bought some dice here. The guy was friendly. There was a poor selection of figurines for D&D though. —KenjiYamada


2006-08-18 14:17:42   I would agree that it isn't much of a comic book store, but as a card and rpg store, it is fantastic, the people are helpful, the stuff is cheap, and they have great stuff going on (magic drafts). —TimMcIntyre


2007-10-31 22:38:23   A previous commentor implied that it wasn't a "real" comic book shop, but I have been there in person and I can assure you that it does in fact exist and is neither hallucination nor illusion. It's better than the comics shop back home, and the staff is friendly and helpful. I went in there with a vague idea of what I wanted ("umm...that Batman in Victorian England, or something...") and he knew exactly what I meant and where it was. There are also some fine deals, both for comics and manga, and the widest selection of RPG books I've ever seen in my limited experience. It is most certainly adequate for the casual comics/manga fan. —DerkB


2008-03-15 11:02:04   The one time I went there for a magic sealed tournament, the prices were ridiculous, the prizes sucked, and the staff wasn't that friendly. —EliYani


2008-03-24 22:42:38   the dude OWNs. hes hella nice. and he likes magic, knows his comics, and will talk to u bout other random topics if you ask him. i always enjoy my visits here. —albertvo


2008-07-09 00:55:52   I just recently discovered Bizarro World and it's owner, Dan Urazandi, through an ebay auction. After all these years of buying comics and collectables on ebay, it is still agravating when someone like Dan Urazandi deliberately lists an inacurate description of an auction lot in order to draw in bidders, lies about the contents when potental buyers send inquiries, charges for first class postal delivery but ships by the slowest and cheapest media rate, and sends junk instead of the items described in the auction description. Thieves and liars are what give ebay a bad reputation, and Bizarro World's Dan Urazandi seems to be right up there with the best of them. I hope he treats his in-store customers better. —usagigaijin


2008-07-27 16:05:01   Like Kyle20008, I recently visited the new place — Drom's Comics and Cards on G Street. Nice people and a pretty good selection of new comics. Once this place gets up and running, it will be hard to come back to Bizarro World. Bizarro World has good stuff, but I feel like I am intruding when I go in there because the people at the counter seem to be engaged in loud, heated discussions about women, gaming, and movies. —jsg718


2008-09-05 09:44:40   Great place to hangout, they got pokemon cards, yugiyo, comic books, and even some used video games for sale. Like an Atari 2600 and old super nintendo games. —drifterk


2008-09-17 11:01:49   Unfortunately I have not experienced the friendly staff of which everyone speaks. Both times I've been in there I've gotten a very rude guy who seems to not even want to deal with customers. The last time I went it, I was barely able to tear him away from his political rant on the telephone to someone who probably was not a customer. The poor kids that were in there for cards got even less attention. —DreaG


2008-10-03 19:42:14   the friendly staff everyone is referring to is named Wes, he was the only reason why i came to bizarro world because he is very friendly and helpful. the owner of this store is very rude and only really care about your money. my friends and i stopped coming to this store because we don't want to put up with the owner named Dan. Wes works at Droms comics on G street near Thai2k, and that is where i go for my magic purchases, and my friends for their comics. great place, i will never return to b.world again, ever! —CloudFire


2008-10-05 22:16:26   I went there to buy some dice (my first set!) but the owner appeared completely unconcerned with helping me make my purchase. He even seemed reluctant to take my money. The older video games and consoles are absurdly overpriced. —AndrewHarrison


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2008-10-24 12:00:08   Bizarro World remains the place to purchase comics, card games or board games in Davis. The owner, Dan, is extremely knowlegeable regarding comics past and present, their selection is outstanding and their prices are reasonable. —rfrazier


2008-11-10 19:57:37   Well, I've been shopping at Bizarro World on and off since I first moved to Davis in 2001. For a long time, I worked near Empire Comics in Sacramento and shopped there as they made a point to have everything up on their shelves at 11AM Wednesday. And BizWorld was always at the mercy of UPS. Sometimes the new books would be in at 3, sometimes 5, sometimes after - it was chaos. And more than once I walked in and asked after the status of that week's books and would receive a snarky comment from Wes. So for a while after my job moved to Davis I made the 50-mile round-trip to Sacramento every Wednesday just to not have my time wasted and be insulted at BW.

That all changed when Wes left. I heard about Droms and was surprised to find Wes there. He repeatedly guaranteed me that he had a system that would result in the new week's books being on the shelves by noon Wednesday (my personal top priority). Unfortunately, that proved to be a promise that for whatever reason he has not been able to reliably deliver on. One frustrated Wednesday noon a couple months ago I stopped back in at BW just to gripe to his ex-boss (who was very circumspect with me regarding his former employee, by the way) and was delighted to discover that week's books in and on the shelves.

It's been two months now and Dan hasn't failed me yet. Clearly, when Droms opened around the corner, Dan felt compelled to pursue a new business model, but I don't care why Bizarro World's customer service suddenly improved, I just appreciate that it has. Additionally, Droms orders so few copies of most books that if you're not on the saver-list, you'll miss out on many hot titles every week. The last time I went to Droms (and the new books were actually in), it was 12:05 and they were already sold out of a good half-dozen titles. If you want to grow your business, you've got to have stock to sell.

I don't have a personality problem with either Dan or Wes, but if you want your books on a reliably timely manner and don't want to miss out on titles that sell out before the store even opens, your best bet in Davis is Bizarro World. —abargle62


2008-11-11 13:08:07   Does anyone know if they buy old comic books? I have some out-of-print Sailor Moon comics (yes...COMICS...not tankoubons) that are just kind of...sitting around...I also have some merch... —ArianeMetz


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2008-11-12 20:34:16   I am not the most avid comic book collector but when I finally get around to pick up a copy of something, I can either find it here or Dan can order it. If it is out of print, Dan will find out if another print run is coming out, if it is coming out in hardcover, etc... and he calls me when it comes in. Doesn't matter if it takes a month or even two. The day it is out, he has it and he gives me a call to swing by and pick it up. Can't really complain about that. Bizarro World has been in Davis since well before I came to Davis as an undergrad and I hope it is here long after I get my doctorate. Cheers, Dan! ;) —Osenbe


2008-11-06 19:00:45   I was a long term customer of this shop. Been shopping here for years. Seems like some bias is being shown so I figured I would finally say something and put my two cents in.

When Wes was here, and he worked here for years, Dan (the owner of this shop) did absolutely nothing but praise him and would say how he was the best employee he had ever had here. He never had a bad word to say about Wes. When Wes left the store this year, that changed. Maybe it was because Wes helped open a new shop, maybe it's just Dan's personality... I am not sure, but after Wes left all Dan had to say was negative. Trash talking Wes every chance he had. Wes treated everyone that I saw in the shop fairly and conversed with them while still helping others. Dan would often ignore customers to help his favorites or to talk on the phone making people wait for long periods of time before even ringing them up. Dan will ignore whoever doesn't agree with him or just go on rants about how "everyone is out to screw me over". It gets tired.

As far as Wes goes, he will admit he is more of a mainstream comics guy than an independent comic person. He will do whatever he can to help you even if he doesn't know the creator or title. When it comes to the mainstream books though, he knows his history and his creators. He nevers tried to get highstrung or have that attitude that "you know nothing, I know everything". He was humble, friendly, and he was a great asset to this store.

I have seen what has happened here and think this rfrazier is way out of line. Dan too. He's shown by his attitude in the store who the better man is and now that I know where Wes is, I will be going there from this day forward. Would have stayed at Bizarro if there was no other choice, but with the new shop in town, and with Dan's new attitude towards Wes now when he was so flattering about him before he left... It just makes me sick. That, to me, says more about the type of shop this has become.

Sorry to go, but it was Dan that made my decision for me, followed by the drama here on this site. —anthonyk


2008-12-01 11:04:17   I've had mostly good experiences and some not so great ones here which lends my opinion of the place to be more or less neutral. I heard there's a new comic/game place in town. Does anyone know anything about that? —MasonMurray


2009-01-20 18:56:18   Prior to today I have been satisfied with this shop, but after today I will never shop there again. I went in there to buy the obama spiderman book only to have the store clerk tell me that he wanted $60 bucks for it b/c it was in such high demand. I thought that was outrageous b/c this was for the 2nd run of the issue. I then called my hometown shops only to find that all of them were charging the normal price for those that were lucky enough to get there hands on one. From this point on I will view this shop as a bunch of thieves and liars. Do not shop here. I am so upset that they would try and take advantage of such a momentous time in history. —metalhead15


2009-02-11 13:47:39   I started taking two of my nephews to Bizarro World last year on a semi-weekly basis. I never collected comics as a kid and reasoned that it would be a fun activity for them and something that could promote reading. The staff was very helpful when I asked about age appropriate ratings on the books. And they had solid answers for me when I inquired about obscure comics I had read about on Wikipedia. —Michael1976


2009-09-23 12:24:01   This is by far the best comic store in Davis and the Sacramento area. Bizarro World has all the mainstream stuff and stocks more small press and independently published books than anywhere else. The owner, Dan Urazandi, has an encyclopedic knowledge of comics from every spectrum. If there's a book you like he can recommend a dozen other books that might match your taste and I've discovered a number of books that I now count among my favorites from discussions I've had with Dan. If he doesn't have it, he knows about it and can at least order it. He also has a complete stock of Magic cards and old school hard to find dice and paper games.

To address some of the comments on this board questioning Dans integrity, here's a very representative example of what kind of person he is: someone came into the shop one day with a number of very old Spider-Man comics, including the first issue. He wanted to sell the comics to Dan but knew little about them and had no idea of their value. So Dan opened up his price guide, showed him exactly what they were worth and gave him a fair price. I know of more than a few comic shop owners who would not have hesitated to take advantage of someone with such a valuable collection who lacked a knowledge of its true worth.

If you're looking for a well-stocked store with a knowledgeable owner who can be counted on to reserve or order any book you're interested in, I can't recommend the shop more. —jedalexander


2009-11-14 11:21:28   Bizzaro world is a great place to find old comics cheap. Dan has many long runs that are quite cheap, and then he has the half price sales that last a long time. If you are traveling past Davis on highway 80, a lot of people do, you might want to take a rest stop here in Davis and check out the store. Dan is friendly and he knows his stuff. —Richard-Bruce


2009-11-23 22:23:39   I just went into Bizzaro World today and was disappointed to find that my previous comment which was almost two weeks old had not cleared the shelves. Dan has a bunch of long boxes filled with sets marked at half price. Some may be less than 50 cents an issue, most less than a dollar. Many old comics in the back are not in sets, but at 25 cents an issue it allows you to explore the worlds of Marvel, DC, and others on the cheap. Once again Bizarro is a great place to buy old comics cheap. Now I would not want you to waste and pollute by making a special trip to Davis, but if you are driving by on highway 80, why not stop in. —Richard-Bruce


2009-12-26 20:05:49   bizzaro world is the best gaming store i have ever been to! the selection is great in all areas and the owner is very nice! i definitly preffer it to droms or any other store! lol c@@l —pokebenjamin


2010-01-15 22:56:54   I'd have to say the Bizarro World is a great comic shop... best in town. Not because they have a great selection or great customer service, but for everything as a whole. Dan makes an effort to meet and greet everyone and not talk down to them in regards to games or comic history like that other comic shop in town. My kids and I have gone into Droms a couple of times and got completely ignored, except the time I asked a question, and got a snide remark because I didn't know what I was talking about. When we go to Bizarro World, Dan takes the time to discuss and explain things. Hands down, Bizarro World gets my vote. Congrats on the new location. —Aaron.Curtin

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