Red Robot, new Local Comic Shop, opening in Barnsley

It’s great to have some good news when we know Local Comic Shops have been struggling after enforced COVID pandemic closures and rising costs – so we’re delighted to report the opening of Red Robot in Barnsley this weekend.

Situated in The Victorian Arcade, Red Robot is opening this Saturday, Saturday 23rd July 2022, a collaboration from Spiral City bar, which is co-owned by comic artist Dean Ormston, and Existential Dread Comics, Barnsley’s secondhand market comic stand.

The new shop will be full of amazing artwork, prints, comics, graphic novels, posters etc. – including, from pictures posted on social media by the owners, British comic annuals.

Get yourselves down for a nosey!

• Red Robot, 23, The Arcade, Barnsley S70 2QP

Existential Dread Comics on Facebook

• The Victorian Arcade, Barnsley | Web:

With thanks to Sim Leech | Photos via Existential Dread Comics

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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