Today is Free Comic Book Day - Support your local comics store!

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Just a fortnight after Record Store Day - we have Free Comic Book Day to cheer us up - it takes place on the first Saturday in May (today!).


Comic Book Stores mean much more than just cartoon strips; my favourite - ’Forbidden Planet’ on Saftesbury Avenue stocks an enormous collection of Comics and Graphic Novels, Books, DVDs, Figurines, Art, Toys, and Collectables. I’ve been a long-term fan of comics, from an early obsession with Commando and Starblazer, DC and Marvel, and Frank Miller. This quickly developed into a love of Graphic novels - and particurarly from the mature DC imprint - Vertigo.



My Top 10 Grapic Novels / Series of All Time: (roughly in order of preference)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub - Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima (1970 - 1976) [Dark Horse Comics]
  • DMZ - Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli et al. (2005 - 2012) [DC Vertigo]
  • Ex Machina - Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris et al. (2004 - 2010) [DC / Wildstorm]
  • 100 Bullets - Brian Azarello & Eduardo Risso (1999 - 2009) [DC Vertigo]
  • Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra et al. (2002 - 2008) [DC Vertigo]
  • Elfquest - Wendy & Richard Pini (1978 - 2007) [WaRP Graphics / DC]
  • The Invisibles - Grant Morrison & Jill Thompson et al. (1994 - 200) [DC Vertigo]
  • Habibi - Craig Thompson (2011) [Pantheon Books]
  • Scalped - Jason Aaron & R.M. Guéra et al. (2007 - 2012) [DC Vertigo]
  • Cerebus - Dave Sim & Gerhard (1977 - 2004) [Aardvark-Vanaheim]

If you haven’t come across any of those - feel free to check them out ...


Elfquest Comics can be accessed freely online -



Forbidden Planet is my favourite, but there are 4 Comic Book Stores in London that I like to make use of:

For Second-hand / trades, you can head to the Book & Comic Exhange - 14 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3HL


I am still deciding on what my next series is going to be; current front-runner is ’Chew’ by John Layman & Rob Guillory [Image Comics] - this has been going since 2009 and already has 6 volumes out. Chew features detective ’Tony Chu’ - who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats!


Anyway - all the decent Comic Book Stores are giving away free bags of swag today, and have keen discounts on all other stock - so go treat yourselves by all means, and keep analogue books alive!

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