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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 orders@davescomics.co.uk 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

Lightfall Book One: The Girl And The Galdurian by Tim Probert

“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

Gamayun Tales II: An Anthology Of Modern Russian Folk Tales by Alexander Utkin

“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

Venus In The Blind by Junji Ito

 “It’s because that creepy woman just licked me.”

The horror genre must be a tricky one for the comics medium. Compared to a movie, comics can’t do sudden shocks, or build tension as easily with those suffocating silences, or discordant music, and novels are probably the more effective medium at trapping you in the perspective of the protagonist. What you do get with comics is disturbing imagery; sequential art moves the story forward but also allows that single chilling image to register in the readers’ brain as long as you wish to linger on it – even if you’d rather not.



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

Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

“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

Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram

 "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.


The one niggle is a visually slightly messy cover to this edition, but otherwise this is an stunning example of the medium, deservedly winning an Eisner award for best limited series.



Monday, 7 September 2020

Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith

 “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

The Winter of the Cartoonists by Paco Roca

 “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

Paying The Land by Joe Sacco

“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?”


There’s a moment
in Paying The Land (Jonathan Cape) when someone the author is interviewing is not happy to discover that the subject he is there to talk about will be turned into a comic. He complains that “it’s not a cartoon. It’s not a joke.” This comment spoke of his ignorance about the medium – graphic novels have for a long time, proved to be a powerful way of conveying even the most traumatic events in history as Art Spiegelman famously demonstrated with Maus (1991) about the Nazi persecution of the Jews. What the interviewee was no doubt also unaware of, is that he was talking to Joe Sacco, probably the most highly-regarded comics reporters in the business thanks to work such as Palestine (2002), Safe Area Gorazde (2000) and Footnotes in Gaza (2009).




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

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine

“I will spank YOUR ass!!”

Few sequential artists manage to capture everyday life with such a simple sense of realism and yet, considering the supposed absence of “style”, still manages to be instantly recognisable in a way that has their work gracing album covers and The New Yorker. Adrian Tomine has been writing and illustrating short stories about relationships since the late 90’s in titles including Optic Nerve, Shortcomings and Summer Blonde. His most recent work entitled Killing and Dying had novelist Zadie Smith singing his praises in a review. He’s what you might call an important creator within the medium of graphic novels. But what does that mean to the outside world? Well, pretty much nothing in a world where superheroes dominate popular culture and yet you’d be hard-pressed to find someone on the street who could name five comics creators.


In The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (Faber and Faber), Tomine recalls incidences throughout his career that will have you wincing at the misfortune, rudeness and ignorance that can befall an overly sensitive creator, not just in everyday life, but also within the industry itself. No-show signings, awkward interviews and mispronouncing’s of his name are mixed with equally uncomfortable moments in his personal life, bringing us to an final vignette that manages to dovetail everything with insight and reflection on his life.




Clear concise storytelling, in small six-panel grids per page, deftly convey both place and the emotional weight of the characters with just a hint of cartoony style to accentuate the humour or absurdity when necessary. The format of the book is lovely; like a moleskin notebook complete with rounded corners, grid-lined pages, ribbon bookmark and elastic strap to stop it opening with closes. It perfectly captures a sense of peeking into Tomine’s private journal. 

Monday, 13 July 2020

Summer Spirit by Elizabeth Holleville

 “I never said I didn’t want to grow up.”

What is it with lazy Summer family holidays that lends itself to a meditative state of assessment of one’s life? It’s a rest point in the year that, if you’re fortunate enough, has recurred through life from childhood. In teenage years, bodily and hormonal changes can make each holiday seem different from the last and it’s the situation that the protagonist of Summer Spirit (Nobrow) finds herself in. Louise spends every summer at her grandmother’s house on the coast with her sister and cousins, all of which are older than her. This year the age gap between her and the other girls feels all the more pronounced and she feels ostracised from their older teen preoccupations. Then she discovers the presence of a ghost in the house.




Writer/artist Elizabeth Holleville has created a beautifully meandering tale, filling it with moments of the mundane, which allows life to breath and for the story to come from character. Scenes, and sometimes just panels of teenage melodrama mix with concerns about the grandmothers mental health and moments of inconsequential detail so that nothing feels contrived to serve the purpose of theme or plot.


Strangely for such a grounded story, the appearance of the ghost does not feel jarring and that’s partly due to the soft flowing line-work which has a dreamy feel to it. It also benefits from a soft and charming colour palette to the book, filled with purple and violet, peach and pale green. Overall, a deceptively simple, charming story.


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Fire Power by Robert Kirkman & Chris Samnee

“I’ve learned all I can… down there.”

The problem with launching a new series is that it’s extremely hard to get new readers invested in a new character and story over just one issue. Even a writer as prolific and popular as Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead amongst a ton of others) has to come up with new tricks. So instead of releasing six monthly issues and then collecting them into a book (when some titles may find themselves cancelled due to poor sales by then anyway), his newest series has been released as an original graphic novel first, after which subsequent issues will follow.

Reading very much like an origin story for a superhero, Fire Power (Image/Skybound) is an action-adventure series revolving around martial arts and ancient mystical powers – think Iron Fist without the millionaire inheritance. Kirkman has said that he was aiming for an 80’s style lightness of touch and was drawing on some familiar sources, and yes, the troupes are played with including a trek across snowy mountains to the temple, an old master who wears a baseball cap and sports trainers and listens to Radiohead, a bully who takes an instant dislike to our hero, meditating whilst balancing on poles, some shaolin-style basketball. And it all leads to big invasion and mass smackdown which leads the way for forward time jump to the present where the comic series will follow on.
A former Daredevil artist, Chris Samnee has an assured eye for capturing dramatic poses and the sense of movement for martial arts.


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

NEW COMICS EVE!





HELLO ALL!

Well it's been a while almost 3 months to the day since we opened the doors to you but goodness it feels forever.I spent a couple of days last week setting the shop up for trading safety and I was really concerned that we would shatter the ambience of the store and replace it with a crime scene.
It's actually pretty fine-so what's the new procedure to get into the building to get at those
 NEW COMICS!

1 Limit of 3 customers in the store and only 1 customer upstairs at any time.
(As a consequence of this you may experience a hopefully short wait outside)

2 To manage this we have a nifty retractable door gate that will be opened and closed by a 
member of staff.

3 We have a sensor activated hand sanitiser unit immediately to your left as you walk in.

4 Colourful floor markings highlight the one way system around the store.

5 We have 'Sneeze screens' at the till and Standing order counter upstairs.

6 All staff will be wearing masks and while we are not insisting that you do it we would 
encourage it because it's a mask and mask's are cool.

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.

OH

If you have prepaid for your Standing order and just want to pick up not browse DON'T QUEUE just 
call 01273 691012 and we can bring your order out to you.
&
We are initially only accepting credit/debit card payments as opposed to cash.
  
 Our New Opening Hours 
WEDNESDAY 11am - 2pm

 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 

2.30pm - 5pm



FRIDAY   11am - 2pm

 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 

 2.30pm - 5pm



SATURDAY  11am - 2pm

  (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 

 2.30pm - 5pm



SUNDAY   11am - 2pm

 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 

2.30pm - 5pm

So what's New this Week then?

DC COMICS

AQUAMAN #60
AQUAMAN GIANT #4
BATGIRL #46
BATGIRL #46 INHYUK LEE VAR ED
BATMAN #93
BATMAN #93 CARD STOCK FRANCESCO MATTINA VAR
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #13
BATMAN BEYOND #44
BATMAN THE SMILE KILLER #1 (MR)
BOOKS OF MAGIC #20 (MR)
CATWOMAN #22 CARD STOCK J T TEDESCO VAR ED
CATWOMAN 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1
CATWOMAN #22
DAPHNE BYRNE #5 (OF 6) (MR)
DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 (OF 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #475 FACSIMILE EDITION
DOLLAR COMICS BATMAN #13 2013
DOLLAR COMICS GREEN LANTERN #1 2011
FLASH #754
FLASH #755
FLASH #756
FLASH ANNUAL #3
GREEN LANTERN 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECIAL
GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #4 (OF 12)
HARLEY QUINN #72
HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY #2 (OF 4)
HAWKMAN #24
JOHN CONSTANTINE HELLBLAZER #7 (MR)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #47
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23
LOW LOW WOODS #6 (OF 6) (MR)
METAL MEN #7 (OF 12) BRIAN BOLLAND VAR ED
NIGHTWING ANNUAL #3
PLUNGE #4 (OF 6) (MR)
QUESTION THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #3 (OF 4)
RED HOOD OUTLAW #46
STRANGE ADVENTURES #2 (OF 12)
STRANGE ADVENTURES #2 (OF 12) EVAN SHANER V
SUICIDE SQUAD #6
SUPERMAN #22
SUPERMAN #22 BRYAN HITCH VAR ED
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #11 (OF 12)
TEEN TITANS #42
WONDER WOMAN #757
WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #3 (OF 4) (MR)
WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #3 (OF 4) DANIEL JO
YOUNG JUSTICE #15
YOUNG JUSTICE #15 BEN CALDWELL VAR ED

IMAGE

AFTER REALM #2
BIRTHRIGHT #44
DEAD BODY ROAD BAD BLOOD #1 (OF 6) (MR)
DIE #11 CVR A HANS (MR)
DYING IS EASY #5 (OF 5) CVR A SIMMONDS
FAMILY TREE #6
GIDEON FALLS #22 CVR A SORRENTINO & STEWART
HARDCORE RELOADED #5 (OF 5) (MR)
KING OF NOWHERE #2 (OF 5) CVR A JENKINS
MIDDLEWEST #17 (MR)
MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #3 (OF 6) CVR A ANDOLFO
MONSTRESS #28 (MR)
MOONSHINE #18 (MR)
NOMEN OMEN #6 (OF 15) CVR A CAMAGNI (MR)
OUTER DARKNESS CHEW #3 (OF 3) CVR A CHAN (M
RESISTANCE #2 (OF 6)
SAVAGE DRAGON #249 (MR)
SEX CRIMINALS #29 (MR)
SPAWN #307 CVR A MCFARLANE
TARTARUS #3 CVR A COLE

OTHER PUBLISHERS

2000 AD PROG #2180
2000 AD PROG #2181
ANGEL & SPIKE #11 CVR A MAIN PANOSIAN
FAITHLESS II #1 ONE PER STORE VAR (Net) (MR
GEORGE RR MARTIN A CLASH OF KINGS #4 CVR A
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #272 CVR A DIAZ
MAN WHO EFFED UP TIME #3
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #50 FOIL WRAPA
ONCE & FUTURE #8
RED SONJA AGE OF CHAOS #4 CVR A PARRILLO
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #28 CVR A BULMER (C: 1-0
TMNT ONGOING #105 CVR A CAMPBELL
TRANSFORMERS #20 CVR A PIRRIE
TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR #2 (OF 4) CVR A
VAMPIRONICA NEW BLOOD #4 (OF 4) CVR A MOK
WICKED THINGS #2 CVR A SARIN

MARVEL

2020 RESCUE #2 (OF 2)
CAPTAIN AMERICA MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 PEREZ V
EMPYRE AVENGERS #0
EMPYRE AVENGERS #0 LARRAZ VAR
IMMORTAL HULK #34
IRON MAN 2020 #4 (OF 6)
MARVEL PREVIEWS VOL 05 #1 JULY 2020 
SPIDER-HAM #5 (OF 5)
STAR WARS BOUNTY HUNTERS #3
THOR #5

TOYS

POCKET POP MARVEL VENOM CAPTAIN AMERICA FIG
POCKET POP MARVEL VENOM GROOT FIG KEYCHAIN
POCKET POP MARVEL VENOM HULK KEYCHAIN (C: 1
POCKET POP MARVEL VENOM IRON MAN FIG KEYCHA
PREVIEWS #382 JULY 2020 (Net)
POP ANIMATION NARUTO GAARA VIN FIG (C: 1-1-
POP ANIMATION NARUTO OROCHIMARU VIN FIG (C:
POP ANIMATION NARUTO RUNNING VIN FIG (C: 1-
MARVEL BLACK WIDOW 6IN TASKMASTER AF
MARVEL LEGENDS 6IN GREY SUIT BLACK WIDOW AF
STAR WARS 6IN MAN BLACK SERIES THE MANDALOR

GRAPHIC NOVELS/TRADE PAPERBACKS

GIDEON FALLS TP VOL 04 (MR)
INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP VOL 02 EDGE OF EVERYTH
DOOMSDAY CLOCK HC PART 02 WITH SLIPCASE
STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION HC
ART OF THE LAST OF US PART II HC (AUG198625
FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION TP NAME IS D
IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP WAR MACHINE
ART OF WOLFENSTEIN YOUNGBLOOD HC (C: 0-1-2)
EC ARCHIVES WAR AGAINST CRIME HC VOL 02 (C:
MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 20
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES SILVER AGE OMNIBUS H
MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE OMNIBUS HC



Ok I'm going to keep this super brief 'cause we have SO much to do before Wednesday 11am but a couple of housekeeping bits.
DC and Diamond UK have come to an agreement to continue distributing comics in the UK through until December 31st-now that's a MASSIVE relief.
As of July 1st Diamond will be shipping NEW COMICS WEEKLY again so that's GREAT! 
They may not turn up until the Wednesday of each week but we will let you know on social media what time the first floor will open each week.
THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO ADDED TO THEIR STANDING ORDER IT REALLY MEANS SO MUCH TO US.
I really wasn't kidding about cutting shelf titles so again PLEASE PLEASE think of setting up an order if you want to get all the comics you love and support US& Diamond & The Industry because we are all FAR from out of the woods yet. 
Lastly thanks to for every email you sent over the past 3 months with queries and support and to all who just sent love-IT MEANT THE WORLD TO US ALLXXX

Stay safe and hope to see you very soon!
Stephen and The Dave's Family 

Wednesday, 10 June 2020



Hello again!
  Well we are getting very close to our reopening so I think it's about time that you had our solid plans in one place so here we go!

(Wow! When we open it would have been 3 months almost to the day since we last opened our doors.)
WEDNESDAY
 24TH JUNE
11am 
 DAVE'S COMICS #5 
DAVE'S #3
 SYDNEY STREET
 REOPEN!
(Oh that felt soooooo good to write!)
So our new opening days and hours are going to look like this for the first month
until the official start of school Summer Holidays in Brighton & Hove

WEDNESDAY 11am - 2pm
 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 
2.30pm - 5pm

FRIDAY   11am - 2pm
 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 
 2.30pm - 5pm

SATURDAY  11am - 2pm
  (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 
 2.30pm - 5pm

SUNDAY   11am - 2pm
 (30 minute Staff mask siesta!) 
2.30pm - 5pm


We are initially only accepting credit/debit card payments as opposed to cash.

As mentioned in the past few posts
  You are more than welcome to pay in advance 
of Wednesday 24th
Just let me know after Friday 19th June because at that point we would have seen the invoice for all stock shipping for the 24th and can give you an accurate total.

This would work by me sending you an itemised list of all comics that we are holding for you on standing order and once you confirm that it's correct or would like to add or subtract titles I'll send you a PayPal invoice link and once it's paid you can just come over to the store and pick up
without having to hang around in a queue-
&
 the aforementioned will be short because we are limiting 

3 CUSTOMERS MAXIMUM 
in the store at any one time.
&
only 1 customer upstairs at a time.

I know it's a super pain but the layout/size of the shop dictates that and I hope you understand that's it's for everyone's safety to keep a 2 metre social distance wherever possible.
We will have a member of staff managing the door to make this new social awkward totalitarian dictate as stress free as possible.

We will all be sporting Dave's Comics masks and will be wiping down surfaces & shelves & doorknobs & just about everything throughout the day so please forgive the lemony zest that will be permeating within our walls and no doubt wafting down Sydney Street and beyond.

(We would LOVE to see your masks home made/shop bought whatever but your forgiven if you forget to pack one.)

OK That's enough to digest regarding a fortnight from today lets show you what shipped this week.

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #1022
AMETHYST #3 (OF 6)
AQUAMAN #59
AQUAMAN #59 TYLER KIRKHAM VAR ED
BASKETFUL OF HEADS #6 (OF 7) (MR)
BATMAN #92
BATMAN #92 1 25 PUNCHLINE JIMENEZ CARD STOCK VAR 
BATMAN #92 CARD STOCK ARTGERM VAR ED
BATMAN SECRET FILES #3
BATMAN SUPERMAN #9
BATMAN SUPERMAN #9 MIKE MAYHEW VAR ED
BATMAN THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE #1 (OF 6)
BATMANS GRAVE #7 (OF 12)
BIRDS OF PREY #1
BIRDS OF PREY #1 VAR ED
DETECTIVE COMICS #1022
FAR SECTOR #6 (OF 12)
HARLEY QUINN #73
JOHN CONSTANTINE HELLBLAZER #6 (MR)
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1940S ART
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1950S DAV
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1960S F M
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1970S JIM
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1980S SEI
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 1990S G D
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 2000S LEE
JOKER 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECT #1 2010S JOC
JUSTICE LEAGUE #46
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22 CLAYTON CRAIN VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #21
LAST GOD SOURCEBOOK #1
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6
LOIS LANE #11 (OF 12)
NIGHTWING #71
NIGHTWING #71 ALAN QUAH VAR ED
SHAZAM #12 (RES)
SHAZAM #12 KEN LASHLEY VAR ED (RES)
SUPERMAN GIANT #3
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 (OF 12)
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 (OF 12) BEN OLIVER V
SWAMP THING GIANT #4
WONDER WOMAN #755 (ALLOCATED)
WONDER WOMAN #755 IAN MACDONALD VAR ED
WONDER WOMAN #756

IMAGE 

ADVENTUREMAN #1
BITTER ROOT #8 CVR A GREENE (MR)
COPRA #6
DECORUM #2 CVR A HUDDLESTON (MR)
DIE DIE DIE #10 (MR)
ICE CREAM MAN #19 CVR A MORAZZO & OHALLORAN (MR)
KILLADELPHIA #6 CVR A ALEXANDER (MR)
NAILBITER RETURNS #1
OLD GUARD FORCE MULTIPLIED #4 (OF 5) (MR)
REAVER #8 (MR)
SONATA #10 CVR A ANACLETO & HABERLIN (MR)
STEALTH #2 (OF 6)
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #6 CVR A CAMUNCOLI (MR)

OTHER PUBLISHERS

2000 AD PROG #2178
2000 AD PROG #2179
ALIENATED #3 (OF 6)
BANG #2 (OF 5) CVR B KINDT
BLACKWOOD MOURNING AFTER #3 (OF 4) CVR A FISH
BOYS DEAR BECKY #1 (MR)
BUFFY EVERY GENERATION #1 CVR A MAIN
BUTCHER OF PARIS #5 (OF 5) (MR)
CIMMERIAN RED NAILS #1 CVR A CASSEGRAIN (MR)
CIMMERIAN RED NAILS #1 CVR B STEVE MORRIS (MR)
CIMMERIAN RED NAILS #1 CVR C KALVACHEV (MR)
COR BUSTER EASTER SPECIAL 2020
CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS SERIES II #6 (OF
DEATH-DEFYING DEVIL #5 CVR A LEE
DEJAH THORIS (2019) #5 CVR A PARRILLO
FAITHLESS II #1 CVR A LLOVET (MR)
FRANKENSTEIN UNDONE #2 (OF 5) CVR A STENBECK
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #271 CVR A ATKINS (C:
GO GO POWER RANGERS #32 CVR A CARLINI CONNECTING (
GO GO POWER RANGERS #32 CVR B MERCADO VAR (C: 1-0-
GO GO POWER RANGERS #32 WRAPAROUND FOIL VAR (C: 1-
JAMES BOND #5 CVR A RICHARDSON
JIM HENSON DARK CRYSTAL AGE RESISTANCE #8 CVR A FI
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #419 (C: 0-1-1)
KILL LOCK #5 (OF 6) RAMONDELLI
NANCY DREW & HARDY BOYS DEATH OF NANCY DREW #1 CVR
RED MOTHER #5
VAMP #3 (MR)
VAMPIRELLA RED SONJA #8 CVR B YOON

MARVEL

BLACK CAT #11
DAREDEVIL #20
DEADPOOL #5
EXCALIBUR #10
MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS #10 SOMMARIVA (C: 1-0-0)
MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #17 OUT
NEW MUTANTS #10

GRAPHIC NOVELS/
TRADE PAPERBACKS


20LONDON TP (MR)

GODZILLA COMP RULERS OF EARTH TP VOL 01 NEW ED (C:

LUTHER ARKWRIGHT TP (C: 0-1-2)

MARTIAN MANHUNTER IDENTITY TP

MEPHISTO TP SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TP VOL 11 (C: 1-1-2)

PANORAMA TP (MR) (C: 0-1-2)

PAUL IS DEAD OGN

USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 01 BUNRAKU & OTHER STORIES (C

WE SERVED THE PEOPLE MY MOTHERS STORIES ORIGINAL G

WONDER WOMAN TEMPEST TOSSED TP

X-MEN BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 01

YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN TP

YOUNG JUSTICE HC VOL 02 LOST IN THE MULTIVERSEDC COMICS

If you would like any of the above added to your order drop me a line.
Now in closing you may have been aware of the news that broke over the weekend regarding 
DC COMICS decision to  stop using DIAMOND US&UK as a distributor.
Two new Distributors have got the exclusive distribution rights worldwide and we are currently in the process of applying for an account with Lunar Distribution.
Lunar are trying to figure out how they can best serve the UK with timely and most important of all
affordable shipping and hopefully the next time I post all of this will be sorted.

Ok next time you hear from me will be REOPENING EVE 23RD JUNE!
Stay safe all the love
Stephen and Family Dave's
.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

     

Hi everyone it's another Comic Delivery!



As mentioned last week Diamond UK are shipping every two weeks for the foreseeable future so below 

are all titles that have been released and we have received today.
All standing orders have been processed and if you would like to add any titles or you don't have a standing order drop me a line at orders@davescomics.co.uk 
 I'll put them aside for you for pick up on or after our reopening date of
  WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE.

More details on opening hours and days soon.

Stay safe!
We hope to reunite with you in under a month!
All our love 
Stephen & The Family Dave's
xxx


NEW RELEASES 
FOR 27TH MAY 2020


DC COMICS
BASKETFUL OF HEADS #7 (OF 7) (MR)
BATMAN BEYOND #43
BATMAN BEYOND #43 FRANCIS MANAPUL VAR ED
BOOKS OF MAGIC #19 (MR)
DAPHNE BYRNE #4 (OF 6) (MR)
DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #6 (OF 6) (MR)
DREAMING #20 (MR)
HARLEY QUINN #72
HARLEY QUINN #72 FRANK CHO VAR ED
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE MULTIVERSE #6 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #44
JUSTICE LEAGUE #44 NICOLA SCOTT VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE #45
JUSTICE LEAGUE #45 DAN MORA VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #20
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #20 SKAN VAR ED
LOIS LANE #10 (OF 12)
LOIS LANE #10 (OF 12) TULA  LOTAY VAR ED
LOW LOW WOODS #5 (OF 6) (MR)
LOW LOW WOODS #5 (OF 6) JENNY FRISON VAR ED (MR)
METAL MEN #6 (OF 12)
RED HOOD OUTLAW #45
SUICIDE SQUAD #5
SUICIDE SQUAD #5 JEREMY ROBERTS VAR ED
TEEN TITANS #41
TEEN TITANS #41 KHARY RANDOLPH VAR ED
TERRIFICS #27
BATMAN GIANT #4
DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 (OF 3)
OUR FIGHTING FORCES GIANT #1
PLUNGE #3 (OF 6) (MR)
WONDER WOMAN GIANT #4
IMAGE
BIRTHRIGHT #43
DEADLY CLASS #44 CVR A CRAIG (MR)
EXORSISTERS #6 CVR A LAGACE & PANTAZIS
FARMHAND #15 (MR)
LUDOCRATS #1 (OF 5) CVR B MCKELVIE (MR)
MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #1 (OF 6) 2ND PTG (MR)
MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #2 (OF 6) CVR A ANDOLFO (MR)
MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #2 (OF 6) CVR B BRAGA (MR)
MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #2 (OF 6) CVR C SANDOVAL (MR)
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #45 (MR)
OUTER DARKNESS CHEW #2 (OF 3) CVR A CHAN (MR)
SAVAGE DRAGON #248 (RES) (MR)
OTHER PUBLISHERS
2000 AD PROG #2175
2000 AD PROG #2176
2000 AD PROG #2177
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #282
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 CVR A MAIN LOPEZ
DOCTOR WHO 13TH SEASON TWO #4 CVR A ANWAR
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS INFERNAL TIDES #3 (OF 5) CVR A
FIVE YEARS #9
GO GO POWER RANGERS #31 CVR A CARLINI CONNECTING (
GO GO POWER RANGERS #31 CVR B MERCADO VAR (C: 1-0-
GOON #10 CVR A POWELL
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #2 (OF 4) CVR A WALS
KILL WHITEY DONOVAN #5 (OF 5) CVR A PEARSON (MR)
KING OF NOWHERE #2 (OF 5) CVR A JENKINS
PREVIEWS #380-381 MAY JUNE 2020 (Net)
RED SONJA #15 CVR A LEE
TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #23 CVR A FOSCO (C: 1-0-0)
VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #7 CVR A PARILLO
YEAR ZERO #1 CVR A ANDREWS
YEAR ZERO #1 CVR B DEODATO JR
MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43
AVENGERS #33
MARAUDERS #10
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #1
VENOM #25
VENOM #25 RON LIM VAR
GN/TPS
BATMAN HC BOOK 12 CITY OF BANE PART ONE
BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH HC
BOG BODIES OGN (MR)
FAMILY TREE TP VOL 01
FAMOUS FIRST EDITION NEW FUN #1 HC (RES)
SNOTGIRL TP VOL 03 IS THIS REAL LIFE
SWAMP THING BY NANCY A COLLINS OMNIBUS HC (MR)

NEXT DELIVERY
WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE