Win Forbidden Planet T-Shirts!

On Saturday and Sunday 6-7 September 2008 Forbidden Planet (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Croydon, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton) celebrates its 30 years of ‘Geek Chic’ with parties, including giveaways.

The fun starts at opening time and the first 30 people through the doors each day get a fantastic goodie bag and throughout the weekend the stores will be giving away goodie bags in the stores every hour.

Thanks to FP’s brilliant sponsors, including Eaglemoss, Character Options, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Universal Pictures and more, the store is able to offer a huge range of tasty goodies including treats from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Marvel, and DC.


downthetubes is delighted to wish Forbidden Planet a very Happy 30th Birthday and to celebrate — especially, perhaps,for those of you who won’t be able to get to one of the stores – we have FIVE Special Edition Forbidden t-shirts to give away , courtesy of FP.

All you have to do is answer the question below, by e-mail by 12 noon GMT on Friday 12 September.

The first Forbidden Planet store was in Denmark Street, London, but by what name is Denmark Street also known to many musicians and others since the early 19th Century?

There is no need to include your address in the entry at this stage but you must include your name and tell us, in no more than 30 words, what makes Forbidden Planet special for you? Was it the first comics store you shopped in? Did you find romance in the aisles? Or that one last missing issue from a much-sought after series? Whatever it is, let us know! (Responses may be used in a future downthetubes article, permission will be sought before names are included).

Good Luck!

• Please Note: The celebrations do not include Forbidden Planet International (Scotland, Ireland, other English towns) which dates itself from the Edinburgh SF BookShop in 1975 and is a totally separate company.


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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