UK and Ireland Local Comic Shop Map

This page was last updated on Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – adding Collector’s Corner in Barrow-in-Furness and some new Geek Retreat stores – information and updates always welcome – please use the update form at the bottom of this page

ABOUT THIS MAP

Support Your Local Comic Shop. Art by Nick Miller

The downthetubes.net British and Irish Comic Shop Map also includes venues that often have comics exhibitions or comics events.

We’ve also included the known locations of sites of comics interest, like statues.

While many downthetubes readers have very kindly updated us about stores closures and changes (all thanked below), there have been several casualties whose loss had previously gone unreported to us.

The map is generated using Google Maps; if we’ve missed a shop, or we’re listing one that has, sadly, gone out of business, please do email us or use the Feedback form at the bottom of this page – and let us know and we’ll make a correction as soon as possible. Thank you!

Rising rents, the exchange rate affecting comic prices, and customer buying habits moving online have all been regularly cited as reasons for closure or downsizing, with some shops ceasing to sell new comics entirely.

The good news is that some shops have also opened, too, while others have moved, some into larger premises, so it’s not all bad news, although there’s no pretending things are tough for retail right now.

We’ve also tried to identify comic shops happy to stock small press comics, an addition brought to you thanks to help from Lew Stringer, thanks to a list he began on his Blimey blog in 2016. Those shops known to stock small press titles have grey icons on the Map.

As part of this, at the suggestion of comic creator Rob Marland, author of the first ever graphic novel about Oscar Wilde, we added two general bookshops to the map – Glasgow’s Category is Books and Liverpool’s News from Nowhere. Both sell more than comics, but they do sell comics/ graphic novels and have agreed to stock Rob’s small press comics.

Mail Order Companies are also included on the map. Where they do not offer a street address on their web site, we have listed them on this page as a separate item.

Please note, despite the ever-improving accuracy of search engines, it’s worth checking a shop is still open, or its opening times, before you make a trip.

Please note that if you want to contact a particular comic shop, you’ll have to follow the links through on the Map. For the most part the locations provide information sourced from Google Maps.

Some shops don’t publish public email addresses but they do have a fill-in form on their site for enquiries – and of course, you can always phone them, too!

Legend

Blue: Comic Shop
Red: Shops also known to offer Mail Order Services
Grey: Shops also known to sell small press comics – information welcome!
Yellow: Comic-related sites of interest

Our thanks in particular to downthetubes member Colin Noble for his work on this aspect of the site.

Online Comic Services

In addition to the online businesses listed below, it’s also worth checking the web sites of your local comic shops – or indeed the web sites of any of the comic shops mapped above – as most also provide mail order services.

• Comics and Toys
Web: www.comicsandtoys.co.uk


Online only store operating out of Chester selling comics, actions figures and more

GetMy Comics

Get all your previous comic releases at GetMyComics, a UK-based online comics subscription service – also distributors of SHIFT and To the Death

• Economic Comics
Web: economic-comics.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/economiccomics

Launched in 2008, UK based supplier of comics, graphic novels, comic supplies, trading cards and related merchandise.

• Sad Lemon Comics
Web: www.sadlemoncomics.com | ebay Store | Facebook

One of the largest suppliers of exclusive variants in the UK, also selling a wide variety of weekly releases through the web site and ebay store, supplying customers worldwide.

Additions, corrections or suggestions about the downthetubes Local Comic Shop Map? Please drop us a line!

We will try and make corrections as soon as possible.

• Please do share this map. The short link to the Google Map is http://bit.ly/dtt-uk-comic-shops

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Compiled by John Freeman, Jeremy Briggs and Colin Noble

With thanks to Mike Allwood, Phil Boyce, Martyn Chivers, Daniel Clifford, Andy Davidson, Kerry Earl, Antony Esmond, Carl Flint, Jason Graham, Paul Griggs, Kev Hopgood, Alex Hunt, Stuart Jenkins, Greg Kitchin, Sim Leech, Andy Luke, Steve Marchant, Rob Marland, Maya Arts, Matthew Morley, Leigh Oakley, Joan Ormrod, Kenny Penman, Dan Powell, Martin Proctor, Brian Rawlinson, Mark Roberts, David Robertson, Neil Bhuna Roche, Sean Simmons at Scorch Comics, Robert JE Simpson, Spa Town Comics, Morgan Spiceman, Lew Stringer, Alex Sutton, Mike Teague, John Webster, Andrew Wildman, Alan Woollcombe, WOW Comics – and everyone who has supplied information

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