Wednesday 5 April 2023
Friday 9 April 2021
So just in time for the last days of the Easter break, we'll be fully open again as of Monday 12th April. Opening hours are:
Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm
If you follow us on Instagram, you'll know about some of the glorious new books that been released over the last four months and rest-assured they're all here waiting for you.
Thank you for your continuing support, whether it be checking in on our social media, click & collect purchases, or if you simply have plans to come visit post-lockdown - it keeps us all positive, in business and it really is a greyer place without our interaction with you all.
Finally, we'll be endeavouring to keep the in-store experience as safe as possible so please bring your masks with you and prepare for limitations to the amount of people we can allow into the shop at any one time.
The Dave's Team
Friday 22 January 2021
'CLICK AND COLLECT' TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY 11-5 PM PHONE 01273 691012 / email@example.com
New Comics are still shipping every week, available for collection from 11am Wednesday's.
We can Paypal you with an invoice or you can phone with payment details.
To find out what shipped and to add/place an order you can use our Google Forms found at the bottom of our 'This Weeks Comics' section (Tab at the top of this page)
If you fancy a Graphic Novel or an Action Figure or a Game or Back Issue please just get in touch by dropping an email or calling.
Best wishes & Stay safe
Monday 4 January 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Unfortunately, these are all the titles shipping into the UK from Diamond that we are going
to receive for collection on Wednesday (read the last post for more details on why)
Hopefully NEXT week will the post Christmas EPIC delivery we were all hoping for.
Phone or email if you would like any titles reserved or added to your order.
You can pay over the phone or I can send you a Paypal invoice, and PLEASE call when you get to the store so we can let you in.
IN STORE 6TH JANUARY
JAN201325 ALIENATED #2 (OF 6)
OCT200583 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 LR
NOV200189 AVATAR NEXT SHADOW #1
OCT200615 AVENGERS #40
SEP208257 AVENGERS #40 CASSARA STORMBREAKERS VAR (NET)
AUG208325 BATMAN ANNUAL #5
OCT200847 BOYS DEAR BECKY #8 (MR)
OCT200296 COLONEL WEIRD COSMAGOG #3 (OF 4) CVR A CROOK
AUG208302 DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #7 (OF 7)
AUG208303 DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL LAST 52 WAR MULTIVER
SEP208574 DREAMING WAKING HOURS #6
SEP200523 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS AT SPINE OF WORLD #2 (OF
SEP200523 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS AT SPINE OF WORLD #2 (OF
SEP208525 FUTURE STATE HARLEY QUINN #1
SEP208543 FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN OF METROPOLIS #1
SEP208552 FUTURE STATE SWAMP THING #1
SEP208521 FUTURE STATE THE FLASH #1
SEP208508 FUTURE STATE THE NEXT BATMAN #1
SEP208556 FUTURE STATE WONDER WOMAN #1
AUG208290 GENERATIONS SHATTERED #1
APR201022 GHOST RIDER RETURN OF VENGEANCE #1
AUG208311 JINNY HEX SPECIAL #1
AUG208271 JUSTICE LEAGUE ENDLESS WINTER #2
OCT200529 KING IN BLACK IRON MAN DOOM #1
OCT200534 KING IN BLACK NAMOR #2 (OF 5)
OCT200211 LOST SOLDIERS #5 (OF 5) (MR)
OCT200985 MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED VOL 2 #2 CVR A ANDO
OCT200215 MONSTRESS TALK-STORIES #2 (OF 2) (MR)
OCT200216 NAILBITER RETURNS #8 (MR)
NOV200195 NEIL GAIMAN NORSE MYTHOLOGY #4 CVR A RUSSELL
NOV200196 NEIL GAIMAN NORSE MYTHOLOGY #4 CVR B MACK (C
NOV200211 OVERWATCH TRACER LONDON CALLING #2 CVR A BEN
NOV200212 OVERWATCH TRACER LONDON CALLING #2 CVR B GGD
PROMO7033 PREVIEWS #388 JANUARY 2021 (ONE EACH FREE
NOV200001 PREVIEWS #388 JANUARY 2021 (NET)
NOV200226 RESIDENT ALIEN YOUR RIDES HERE #3
OCT190780 ROM DIRE WRAITHS #3 (OF 3) CVR A PIZARRI (C:
OCT200651 SHANG-CHI #4 (OF 5)
SEP200458 STAR TREK YEAR FIVE #17
NOV200219 STRANGER THINGS D&D CROSSOVER #3 CVR A GIST
NOV200220 STRANGER THINGS D&D CROSSOVER #3 CVR B DITTM
AUG208314 TALES OF THE DARK MULTIVERSE DARK NIGHTS MET
OCT201265 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #125 ALT PATHS
NOV200207 TRUE LIVES FABULOUS KILLJOYS NATIONAL ANTHEM
NOV200208 TRUE LIVES FABULOUS KILLJOYS NATIONAL ANTHEM
NOV200209 TRUE LIVES FABULOUS KILLJOYS NATIONAL ANTHEM
OCT200465 USAGI YOJIMBO WANDERERS ROAD #2 (OF 6) PEACH
SEP200761 VAMPIRELLA #16 CVR A PARRILLO
OCT201671 VAMPIRESS CARMILLA MAGAZINE #1 (MR)
APR200975 WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #3 (OF 4)
OCT200289 WITCHER FADING MEMORIES #2 (OF 4) CVR A CAGL
OCT200563 WOLVERINE #8
OCT200571 X-MEN #16
Thursday 31 December 2020
Oh this is sooooooo 2020!
News just in regarding next weeks New Comics delivery, this has just been sent to us from Diamond UK.
I had hoped for more of a positive email to finish off the year that’s been 2020, alas it’s not to be!
You’ll undoubtably be aware that the latest government announcement yesterday placed another HUGE percentage of Comic stores/sellers into tier 4. As was the case previously during the English lockdown pt. 2, product continues to print and will be available to us. Once again with this in mind we intend to continue with weekly distribution of as much product as is available to us (and that will be available to your customers from other sources).
I say be available to us as unfortunately several of our shipments containing product due for release on Jan 6th have been held up in the US and have not made it to Diamond UK in time to make their intended release.
We’ve been in constant contact with our shippers throughout 2020 and we are fully aware of the logistical problems that they have encountered all year and with the recent severe US weather conditions and urgent need for shipments of medical and other vital products, this week’s shipments have all been affected.
As soon as we have more information on the product missing from 6th Jan we will update you, but we have every intention of hoping to supply this to you in the following weeks deliveries.
It's me again, as soon as we get a confirmation of what we are going to receive this week I'll post it here.
Wednesday 23 December 2020
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Thank you all for being frankly lovely during this annus horribilis, the year when we haven’t been able to open our doors for a heart ache inducing 1/3RD of the year-still unbelievable but there we have it.
So it’s pretty painful to have to announce another period of closure by Government decree even if we all agree its ABSOLUTLY the right thing to do.
Fortunately (I guess?) Diamond is not due to ship anything until January 6th so if you picked up your standing order over the past 24 hours your up to date.
Our phone and collect/ PayPal and collect will be a skinny version of what we had in operation during November with 4 days a week available for you to arrange pick up.
The dates are as follows, starting
Wednesday 30th December 11-5pm
Saturday 2nd January 2021 11-5pm
Tuesday 5th January 11-5pm
Wednesday 6th January 11-5pm
Friday 8th January 11-5pm
Saturday 9th January 11-5pm
And every Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday until Tier 4 is lifted.
I’m posting this on the evening of 23rd, so if you want your standing order before Christmas you only have tomorrow and then after that the next available pick up is a weeks’ time on the 30th.
As before please give us a call when you get to the door as I may be weeping too hard to hear you.
Everyone who we arranged PayPal invoices with us during November rest assured I’ll automatically send you one each week to cover your order.
Everyone else can use the Google forms option on our Blog if you so desire additions to your precious Panelology collection.
Ok, in closing another Galactus sized THANK YOU for Watcher(ing) out for us, we really have been kept emotionally and financially buoyant by you all, you incredible people!
All the love from under the mistletoe
Stephen and Family Dave’s
Tuesday 3 November 2020
LOCKDOWN ETIQUETE from Thursday 5th November
Oh Hello again!
So we all find ourselves in a familiar and yet slightly, dare I say marginally awesomely different position this lockdown in that there is NO DISRUPTION to the New Comic distribution chain, so that’s lovely.
Ok so here is how we can provide you with New Comics on a weekly basis safely and hopefully stress free for all parties.
1 WE CAN PROVIDE A PICK UP SERVICE AT THE STORE AS LONG AS ALL GOODS HAVE BEEN PREPAID.
Just like last lockdown just email the business at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that you would like us to send you a Paypal invoice weekly/bi weekly/monthly for your standing order.
You should receive the invoice every Monday for comics shipping on the Wednesday of that week.
You can add to your standing order from the comics shipping that week but please try to give us as much notice as possible so that we can have enough copies on hand to fulfil the order for you.
(A list of what’s shipping that week will be posted on https://davescomicsuk.blogspot.com/ as soon as we have confirmation from Diamond,probably late Friday.)
Once we have received payment for the New Comics rest assured they will be set aside downstairs in #5 Sydney Street waiting for pickup from 10am every Wednesday
A note regarding pickup PLEASE PHONE THE SHOP WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE STORE as our doors are by law closed for all business apart from prepaid pickup.
2 WE WILL HAVE A MEMBER OF STAFF IN # 5 SYDNEY STREET 7 DAYS A WEEK BETWEEN 10.00 -5PM
This means that you have a big window to arrange your preferred pick up time (if you can try not to come in the first couple of hours on a Wednesday as we do tend to have some older collectors at that time of day)
3 YOU CAN PAY OVER THE PHONE FOR INSTOCK ITEMS AND COLLECT THEM THAT DAY
Yup you can do that for product in either store from Graphic Novels to Toys, Board Games & Back Issues etc.
We will have a Boutique web store open from the third week in November full of a carefully curated cavalcade of items that cover all the product lines. All of these items will be available for store collection and payment with credit/debit card and Paypal options available through the site.
I hope this helps to smooth the sharp edges of the Year a wee bit and GOODNESS we hope to see you in the stores browsing on and after Wednesday 2nd December.
STAY SAFE & THANK YOU ALL
For your understanding &support, patience kind words and local loyalty-we really wouldn’t be here without you.
ALL THE LOVE
Stephen and The Dave’s Family
Monday 2 November 2020
“You seem like the curious type. That makes for a good adventurer.”
Ready for ancient forces and the threat of eternal darkness? This time it's in the form of a charming new series called Lightfall (Harper Alley) by Tim Probert. Book one is The Girl and The Galdurian, has our protagonist Bea, pulled out of the safety of home on a quest to find her uncle who has recklessly set off on his own quest. Although Bea is fired up with moral sense of right and protective love for her uncle, she’s also plagued with fears and self-doubt. Fortunately, she’s accompanied by a helpful stranger known as Cad, an unusual creature who has boundless levels of optimism and sense of adventure; plus, as we soon discover, he has an important link to a bigger story at work.
The art is charming, with a lovely autumnal colour palette and deftly handles some nice moments of comedy as well as hinting at the darker elements to presumably come in future volumes. Cal has a nice simplicity to him reflected in his design while Bea’s fears are aptly conveyed thru her large eyes and the wisps of darkness that gather around her as she become frightened. The book could have been subtitled How To Be Brave because Probert handles this theme nicely, never making Bea's fears exaggerated or improbable – at one point when she lists her concerns Cal says “Sure, any of that could happen.” The key is to not ignore them but look beyond them.
A story that retains a sense of drama without becoming grim, a decent page count plus a lovely cover makes this is a great book for younger readers.
Monday 26 October 2020
“I will give you the fire… but you must give me something in return. Something valuable.”
Folklore tales can feel like a series of odd, logic-defying events where the focus is on what peculiar thing happens next, rather than the modern leaning towards story arcs and character motivation. For Gamayun Tales II (Nobrow), Alexander Utkin continues to adapt Russian folklore with warmth and charm creating a world where the magical and seemingly haphazard can occur believably and with measured pacing.
Collected in this volume are two stories narrated by the human-faced bird Gamayun. The first features a young girl seeking life-saving fire from the legendary witch Baba-Yaga and in the second a quest falls to sons of a dying King who needs magical golden apples. Both tales feature not only a similar starting premise, but also many familiar elements of fairy stories, however Utkins treads the line perfectly between not straying from what’s comforting in those tropes, and also making them feel freshly presented.
The coloured-pencil-style art is all ages friendly with flowing lines and bold, rich colouring, with perfectly clear storytelling and a style that feels classical. This is important because the other aspect of old folk tales is that they are often littered with dark moments whereas nowadays All Ages stories tend to be a little less disturbing. Through the art and story focus, Utkins handles this perfectly and while Gamayun warns at the beginning that “Sometimes my tales may appear a little scary. But I’d rather say exciting”, the true measure of his approach comes in the epilogue to the first story which ends on a final page which manages to be both dark and yet beautifully poetic (don't worry, I won't spoil it).
One last point; it's lovely how all the folk tales cross over with one another - whether it be a character or item - and each story has points at which a new story can start. The Gamayun then promises to tell the reader that story some other time - it gives a sense of overflowing stories tumbling out of the book.
Monday 12 October 2020
“It’s because that creepy woman just licked me.”
Junji Ito is known to his fans for producing disturbing Manga series such as Uzumaki and Tomie and Gyo. Venus In The Blind Spot (Viz) collects ten of his short stories showcasing his eye for a really disturbing image and nose for story ideas that range from the faintly chilling to genuinely haunting. A detailed, realistic artwork style means that exaggerated expressions can be even more unsettling – eyes that are too wide, a grimace that is too toothy – but also means that the physical afflictions on the characters can be ‘appreciated’.This is really nicely edition too; a slightly smaller-sized hardcover with a striking dust jacket, predominantly in black white but also with a few coloured pages. Aside from one autobiographical story about Ito’s love of horror Manga from childhood (although, even that has a playful style that feels creepy), this book is an excellent example of horror ‘what if…?’ stories and a masterclass at how they can be achieved in the comics medium.
Monday 5 October 2020
“I’m not ready to let go of the things that make me happy.”
There’s a touch of magic in Seance Tea Party (RHGraphic) and it's not just with the inclusion of ghosts and fairies; it's in how it takes deep themes about coping with the passing of time, maturing and change, all with a lightness of touch that doesn’t feel mawkish or preachy – and in a way that conveys the joy of being young while encouraging the march towards adulthood.
Lora is losing her friends to a teenage world of partners and parties which doesn’t interest her as she would rather be playing. When her birthday seems to have been ignored by her best friend, she holds a séance tea party with her toys to cheer herself up and inadvertently evokes the ghost of a girl named Alexa. The ghost is looking for recognition and a playmate and Lora is in need of an understanding friend – both are avoiding moving on in their life journeys.
The plot grows with the inclusion of another character that allows for larger the themes to develop particularly through Alexa’s story, taking the book to deeper levels. As the story inevitably moves towards the need to let go and move on, it never becomes maudlin or over-sentimental. This isn’t just because of writer-artist Reimena Yee’s deft handling of the dialogue, but also the beautiful lightness to the illustrations. It feels less like reading and more like flowing through the story, with swirling images filled with movement and a restless mix of panels and larger pictures littered with leaves or cute doodles in the margins. There’s a nice six-page sequence of wordless storytelling near the beginning which shows the gang of girls reducing in number over time until Lora is left by herself.
This a lovely book for younger readers, particularly if they have any concerns about leaving behind childish ways, but older readers may also find value in the wisdom on offer – even if the message is familiar, rarely is it presented so charmingly.
Monday 21 September 2020
"Choose your life carefully, Little Bird."
Ahhh that exciting, sometimes infuriating alchemy in comics regarding what illustrations bring to the writing. A good story is a good story, but excellent art will lift all levels of writing – it is, after all, a visual medium. In Little Bird (Image Comics), the writing by Darcy Van Poelgeest is very good. It’s a story that feels both large in scale, but also intensely personal for the titular protagonist, mixing her role in building a resistance against a violent oppressive regime with her discovery about her bloody heritage. With an opening which drops you at a crucial point, a la Star Wars, and never really lets up, the storytelling is brilliantly concise but never rushed – there’s a confidence here that belies the fact that this is Van Poelgeest’s first work in comics.
With all the nightmarish violence, themes of religion and the fact that it's science fiction, it’s a story that could have come from the mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky. But just as Jodorowsky was blessed to work with the extraordinary illustrator Moebius, artist Ian Bertram has really elevated Little Bird into something special. Reminiscent of Frank Quitely but with added expressionism, the art is detailed with delicate line-work but always manages to convey energy and movement and weight. The sequential art storytelling is also exemplary; there is one plot-point that had me re-reading the pages to marvel at how beautifully it was executed. All elements to the story are enhanced, whether it’s the violence (bloody and extreme), the horror (lots of entrails, religious imagery and those spooky eyes), suspense, or the moments of dream-like surrealism. At the same time, Bertram has designed a world that looks other-worldly yet Earthly, ancient but futuristic.
Monday 7 September 2020
“The once upon a time is real. Trust me.”
Are we all familiar with the troupes of Tolkienesque fantasy worlds of trolls and elves and quests? Are we tired of them yet? Of course not, apart from the limitless scope for adventure, they’re such wonderful allegorical and metaphorical vehicles for age-old themes of finding oneself and accepting differences etc. Folklords (Boom! Studios) manages to find another spin on the genre. Eighteen-year-old Ansel is the archetypal young adult in such stories feeling like he doesn't belong which is driving his desire to seek adventure. This time our young protagonist looks so alien in his environment because he looks so familiar to us – he’s wearing a black suit and tie. The reason for this is that he’s been having dreams about our world, one of buildings and cars and gadgets, and he's been copying the things he remembers from it. It’s a delicious side-note of intrigue to the story as Ansel establishes and sets off on a quest to find the supposed mythical Folklords whilst avoiding the fascist regime of The Librarians. Matt Smith’s artwork has a really nice All Ages simplicity to it, but his time working on Hellboy and the BPRD has honed his eye for heightening gothic and creepy moments from the story and its environment including some genuinely dark Brothers Grimm-type scenes which manage to never rely on gore. The characters are all engaging, and the plot remains intriguing although it does lose a little of its charm as the story becomes more cynically self-aware. Also, the final chapters feature such a flurry of ideas that it can feel rather rushed. But there’s more than enough here to maintain interest in this beautifully realised ongoing series. It will be fascinating to see where writer Matt Kindt is heading with it all. Fascist Librarians? Megalomaniacal folk-lords (i.e. writers)? A protagonist dreaming of a land away from fantasy-troupe characters? Maybe the biggest spin on the genre here is the suggestion that we should be shedding some of these age-old forms of myth and story.
Monday 17 August 2020
“These are rough times to have dreams.”
Imagine a time when comics were such big business that a handful of creators who were tired of not owning the rights to the work they produced, the editorial interference and the paltry financial recompense, decided to take the risk of breaking away from the publishing house they worked for and launch their own title. The last time this sort of thing happened was in the early nineties when seven creators tired of the Marvel-DC machine, broke away to successfully form Image Comics. The true events recounted in The Winter of the Cartoonists (Fantagraphics) are similar only in its idealistic venture.
The book is set in the late fifties, when Editorial Bruguera was the most successful publishing house of weekly comics and magazines in Spain and retained all rights to artists work in a way that seemed to reflect the political climate of a country that had been through a civil war. Five highly regarded creators were willing to risk what little they earned to begin Tio Vivo magazine but found their dreams crushed by their former employer. This isn’t a spoiler, by the way; the book flits between 1958 with the creators having to accept returning to Bruguera, and 1957, when they were filled with enthusiasm for their new venture.
This is obviously quite a disheartening subject but Eisner Award-Winning (for The House) creator Paco Roca handles it in an interesting way languishing in the friendship of the characters and the ambience of the era. Discussions about contracts and creative freedom are mixed with chats about cigar smoke, wives, food and office flirtations. At one point a background character notices a turn in the weather and gets a panel all to themselves of putting up an umbrella. There’s a lovely, comforting feel to the clean-lined genial expressions in the characters body language.
The theme of dashed dreams and sacrifices is universal, and Roca doesn’t lose sight of this with genuinely touching final scenes. One is left considering the fact that if this happened during a time of buoyancy in the comics market, what must it be like for comic creators today?
Wednesday 5 August 2020
“What is the worldview of a people who mumble no thanks or prayers, who take what they want from the land and pay it back with arsenic?”
This latest book is set in the Canadian Northwest Territories where the Dene people have lived for centuries. It is a story of the relationship between people and land. The Dene have always lived off the land but now the modern age brings new needs from that land; that of oil, gas and diamonds. It’s about rights, ownership and natures balance, as well tradition and cultural heritage. There is a bigger story at work of course, questioning mankind’s place on earth, what our values are and about the inevitability of change.
This is a dense book, filled with debates, legal technicalities and history, all hung heavily around personal accounts and viewpoints. The risk is that it could feel emotionally un-involving, but Sacco has also done an impressive job with the art, filling the pages with people and faces that all feel unique and carefully rendered (contrasted by his own familiar cartoony, blank spectacled self-representation). Sacco also shows impressive versatility, evocatively capturing the snowy landscape, animals, machinery and expert crowd compositions. The obvious care and craft put into the artwork is a poignant reminder of how the medium allows an artist to not only tell a story but portray its importance.
Monday 20 July 2020
Monday 13 July 2020
Wednesday 8 July 2020
Note: The intention was to release the first issue proper as a freebie for free comic book day. Thanks to the pandemic FCBD didn’t happen as comic shops were closed, so instead, for a limited time, each graphic novel comes with a copy of the next issue
Tuesday 23 June 2020
7 We will be wiping and cleaning and buffing until we sparkle.
I think that covers it for now.
Hope it's not to awkward although it probably will be weird but weird is OK in my book.
We are initially only accepting credit/debit card payments as opposed to cash.