UK and Ireland Local Comic Shop Map

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

The map and page was last updated on Monday 9th May 2022 – we’re aiming to “Spotlight” comic shops, as time permits! This time out – That Comic Shop, in Preston…

Additional information and updates are always welcome – please use the update form at the bottom of this page

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

Latest Updates: The Bad News

Infinity Comics Blackpool

We’re sorry to report that Infinity Comics, Blackpool (formerly Thunderbooks) has closed its doors for the last time, ironically in Free Comic Book Day – an event when collecting comics attracts the most media attention and aims to help support Local Comic Shops.

The shop did not recover from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, and a taxi driver piling into the store, closing it for months in 2019, didn’t help business.

“Sadly, we’ve made the difficult decision to close down,” said owners Connor and Nikki in a Facebook statement last month. “Running a business is never easy, especially through a pandemic and a drunk taxi driver closing us down for months.

“The increasing cost of living and business, people’s reliance on websites like Amazon and the general time, effort and stress involved just means that sadly it’s not sustainable for us anymore.

“Despite all that, we’ve made memories and friendships that will last a life time and we love you all for supporting us these last six years but it’s time to focus on our family.”

Latest Updates: The Good News

Contrary to reports, good news! Cromford Collector’s Corner, in Matlock is not closing! Owner Ian Jackson has been in touch to tell us that while things have been have been very quiet in off-season, “I can assure you I’m still going!”

Currently the store is open Thursday to Sundays (with the odd exception) – but if you see something you like in their stock on other days, please drop Ian a message on his Cromford Collector’s Corner page on Facebook

They also run this Auction Page, on Facebook.

Comic Retailer Spotlight: That Comic Shop, Preston

That Comic Shop - Preston

116 Friargate Preston, Lancashire PR1 2EE Tel: 01772 204287 | Web: thatcomicshop.co.uk | Facebook

That comic shop is a little family run shop in the heart of Preston. It attracts a wide range of like minded comic and gaming enthusiasts and the shop holds creator events, too – check their Facebook or other social media for information. The team say they go out of our way to look after our customers and consider our regulars part of our community.

That Comic Shop is a family friendly environment. Noel has proudly owned this shop since 2006 but the store goes back decades with three name changes. With over twenty years of comic selling experience. We at That Comic Shop have a lot of time for people and have built up quite a neat little community of like minded individuals.

That Comic Shop - Preston

“We enjoy a regular delivery of brand new comics and exciting new things every week. Comics and trade paperbacks can be ordered in quickly and easily. We try our best to not leave our customers waiting to long for their escapism. The system is so efficient that our products are released on the same day as they are in America.

“We are very proud of our invaluable standing order service. Which we provide at no extra cost to the customer.

“Our comics start from just 50p. A great way of trying something new or a great gateway for new readers.”

Our Past Comic Retailer Spotlights

• Comic Retailer Spotlight: Atomic Comica Comics, Barrow

About This Map

Support Your Local Comic Shop. Art by Nick Miller

The downthetubes British and Irish Comic Shop 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!

We are aiming 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.

You may also be interested in this map of independent British children’s bookshops compiled by Reading for Pleasure.

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 further down 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.

Many downthetubes readers have very kindly updated us about stores closures (all thanked below), but we do sometimes miss the sad news. (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).

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

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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.

• Splat Comics
Web: www.splatcomics.com
| Facebook

The Unreality Store

The Unreality Store
PO BOX 7922, Wellingborough NN8 9JZ | Facebook | Twitter | Instgram

A UK-based independent comic book store selling over 12,000 comics

Our Past Comic Retailer Spotlights

• Comic Retailer Spotlight: Atomic Comica Comics, Barrow

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

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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