UK and Ireland Comic Shops Map

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This page was last updated on 25th March 2020

Please note: UK comic shops are currently closed in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and will remain so for at least three weeks. Check if your local comic shop offers mail order. No new US comics are being distributed into the UK by Diamond at this time.

Here’s the downthetubes.net British and Irish Comic Shop Map, which 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.

CORONAVIRUS KERBSIDE COLLECTIONS

Entirely separate to our work here, Marvel Comics writer Leah Williams is assembling data about comic shops offering kerbside collections, not just in the US, during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Read our news story here. Comic shop owners are being asked what ways you’re changing things up (like doing kerbside pickups, shipping, that kind of thing) or any other ways people can support their shop online or by phone. We’ll add a link to her map when she posts it.

ABOUT THIS MAP

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, so this latest update has been pretty major.

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’ve 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.

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 and  let us know and we’ll make a correction as soon as possible.

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

You may also be interested in my Twitter List of UK and Ireland Comic Shops who use that service – subscribe here

View the downthetubes British and Irish Comic Shops and Exhibitions map on Google MapsPlease 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

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.

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

• Economic Comics
Web: http://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.

Additions, corrections or suggestions about this 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

You may also be interested in my Twitter List of UK and Ireland Comic Shops who use that service – subscribe here

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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, 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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