Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published June 8th 2013
Comics & Collectibles
A Place in Space
I was on my way home from Croydon, waiting at the tram stop, when facing opposite me I saw Spiderman and Batman looking at me. This required further investigation. Forgetting about the tram that I was about to miss, I walked over to the shop, and peering through the window could see that it was a comic book store. Now, I must admit, I don't particularly like comic books. Why would I want to go in, then you ask? I often find that comic book stores sell more than just comics, and my suspicions were confirmed when I checked the title above the door: A Place in Space - Comics and Collectibles.
The first thing I was drawn to were the busts above the shelves. Most these model heads were from horror movies, and included Freddy Krueger, Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Joker (okay, not technically horror). Also lining the top of the shelves were a number of action figures, and Living Dead Dolls.
The shelves themselves had a bountiful supply of both comics and graphic novels, all laid out so you could see the front covers. This makes browsing far easier, than having to get up close and read the small print on the side of the binding. It also looks much more attractive too.
Although I don't tend to read comic books, I do make the occasional exception when it comes to Star Trek or The X-Files, so I made a quick scan. I couldn't find any. What they did have, however, were all your typical super heroes from DC & Marvel, Manga, and a few comic from current television programmes such as True Blood and Doctor Who.
Shop Number Two
After coming out, I went back to the tram stop, but began to feel a bit disoriented. Right in front of me, I saw a shop saying A Place in Space - Comics and Collectibles. Had the shop somehow switched sides of the road in those few seconds? No, it was an extension of the one I had just been in. They had two shops opposite one another. Great huh?
So letting another tram go by, I went in for a second browse. The layout in this shop was more of what I expected from a typical comic book store, with all the comics in boxes that you have to leaf through. But just because it requires more effort, doesn't mean the system doesn't work; it can be exciting to flick through, wondering what you are going to find. On the left hand side there were a bunch of boxes with old comics that were labelled, 'I'm 50% off.' They might have been past editions, but all were in mint condition, sealed in the original packaging. A little further down, there were more boxes for newly released comics, and were humorously labelled, 'Sorry, I'm not 50% off.'
In this shop, I was lucky to find a bunch of Star Trek comics. They ranged in price of £2.50-£4 depending on how recent the issue was, or how much they were in demand. This was the price range of most of the comics, while the graphic novels started from about £7.50, with the most expensive one I saw being £30 (this was a big bulky book).
As well as the comics and graphic novels, A Place in Space also sells back issues of entertainment magazines such as SFX, t-shirts, and posters. They are currently in the process of setting up a website, but until then, you can either buy in store, or order from their ebay shop.