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    • CommentAuthormatt d
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008 edited
    I'm heading to England for the first time in a couple of days and I was wondering if anyone knows of any good comic shops. Main cities to be visited: Liverpool, London, Brighton, Manchester, and Accrington (the tiny place my wife is from.)


  1.  (1099.2)
    London - Gosh Comics.

    If you find yourself in Nottingham give Page 45 a look too.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    I'm a big fan of Travelling Man in Manchester, it's the kind of bright, airy comic shop that you wouldn't mind dragging the most ardent none-comic-fan into.

    Friendly staff too.
    • CommentAuthormatt d
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    you wouldn't mind dragging the most ardent none-comic-fan into.

    that would be my wife, yes.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    Dave's Comics in Brighton is worth a look. You'll probably find yourself in Brighton's North Laine area at some point (not to be confused with the South Lanes, which are full of overpriced jewelry shops), so just ask someone to point you in the direction of Sydney Street and you should be able to find it from there. The staff are usually pretty cool, and it has a very decent selection of stuff - all the major bases covered, and more besides. Enjoy your time on our blighted little Isle!
    • CommentAuthorInexperto
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    It's a bit of a diversion out of London, but if you ever make it to the Richmond/Kew area - perhaps on the pretext of taking your ardent non-comic-fan to the lovely Kew Gardens or Richmond Park - then there's always They Walk Among Us. It's not the hugest of shops, but they've recently sorted out the layout so that their remarkably large stock of trades is very well displayed.

    Very friendly staff, too.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    gosh (great selection of indie titles), comicana (lots of marvel/dc back issues), orbital (a lot of vertigo etc back issues) and megacity (alternative mags, indies, mainstream back issues etc) in london. the first three are in the center, megacity in camden town. there's also a great 2nd hand comics and bookstore at notting hill gate, near portobello road.
  2.  (1099.8)
    My fiancee nearly broke down and cried when she saw how big/impressive Forbidden Planet was in London. it's very central too being close to covent garden and leicester square.


    also, there is a smaller far more independant one that i forget the name of, but know it's exact location. it's only up the road from forbidden planet and directly opposite the Astoria Theatre, which is hard to miss...
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    that's orbital.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    Underground Graphic Novels in Sunderland is worth a go, although it's not exactly in your travel route. The owner Billy is a great guy - he found me a copy of the legendary Swimini Purpose, shipped it overseas, and even took the time to include photocopies of McCarthy/Milligan's "Sooner or Later" culled from his personal back issues of 2000 AD.

    Rarities and out-of-print comics abound.
  3.  (1099.11)
    As far as I know the only one in Liverpool that's left (apart from Forbidden Planet) is World's Apart. They are an 'associate' shop of FP, but retain some of their individuality.
    I discovered, over Christmas, that the comic shop I used to frequent in Southport is still open! He did so little business I still can't believe it wasn't a ghost echo...
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    There are actually two seperate Forbidden Planet companies operating in the UK, FPUK & FPI, and each own a store in Liverpool.
    Gosh & FP would be my recommendations for London, they cover virtually every base bar back-issues, Dave's in Brighton has loads of cool weird old things, and I'd argue that Forbidden Planet in Manchester, which is literally around the corner from Travelling Man on Oldham Street, is a far more interesting store than TM, if a little closer to comic-shop stereotypes (I'm sorry, that was a horrible sentence).
    There's also an incredible art & design bookstore on Oldham st called Magma (there's one down the road from London FP, too) which is really worth a visit.
    I think Accrington may be a dry-zone for comics, which I'm sure your wife will be delighted about. They've got a football team though...
  4.  (1099.13)
    They've got a football team though...

    That's a bit of an overstatement.
    • CommentAuthormatt d
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    Thanks everyone. Looks like it's gonna be Dave's in Brighton and World's Apart in Liverpool as that's all I’m being allotted. Would you have an address for Dave's?

    And, Warren, I have a t-shirt of the history of the Accrington Stanley football team. It's bright red and has the words "famously resigned from the league due to financial difficulty". Brilliant! An entire team's history on a T that ends: "the future's Bright. The future's Red."

    Ah. Northerners.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    Oooh err, I'm off to the UK in a week and I was thinking very much the same thing! Whar be comix? Thanks for reading my mind and starting this matt d

    I estimate the first couple of days in London will be spent buying people and stalking shit

    ...wait, reverse that. Maybe.
  5.  (1099.16)
    NB Travelling Man may be in trouble - the Bristol branch closed suddenly a couple of weeks ago.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
    Dave's Comics is at 5 Sydney Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 691012. Enjoy.

    I remember Acrington Stanley as the team you'd end up having to play for if you didn't drink all your milk, according to the adverts in the 80's.
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    Travelling Man may be in trouble - the Bristol branch closed suddenly a couple of weeks ago.

    The Nottingham branch also did the same.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008 edited

    Do you remember the advert with the two young boys where they say 'Accrington Stanley? Who are they?'

    Sorry thats off topic. Where is the Orbital store?

    Edit: Nuts, @Curb already mentioned the advert, sorry to skip to the end before reading on...
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
    on charing cross road, opposite the astoria

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