Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

I took a socially distanced bicycle ride into London this morning. Today is the day that the UK government has decreed that non-essential shops are allowed to open across England, and that includes comic shops. Boris Johnson has read all his Tintin books three times over and was clearly in need of something new. So on my Boris bike, I whizzed in, filming as I went, and also taking stock of the current nature of statues in London. I found a very large line outside Forbidden Planet that grew and grew. I talked to a few people in the line. I went past Orbital – still closed but should be open in a week's time. I'll go back for that. I went to Gosh Comics and had a wander round too. Obviously I bought lots of comics. I also took a look at Oxford Street and Regent Street, busy but not overly so, and was rather surprised to find Forbidden Planet-sized lines for Sports Direct, JD Sports and Niketown, only. Seems that some people missed new sneakers/trainers even more than we missed new comic books. So anyway, here is a massive half-hour video of my trip, feel free to fast forward past the boring bits – or stay for an almost-thirty minutes in my glorious presence.

The boarded-up stores in Soho have some fine messaging.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up.

 

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Sorry mate, you can't get in from the front.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

You have to go round the back.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Forbidden Planet behind me – and a rather long line to get in.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

 

Around the corner…

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Keep going…

 

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

And when you get in, it's all one way…

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

No lines at Gosh Comics has the finest of window displays. Will pick up Glass Town next time I am in.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Because this time I spent all my money on Steven Appleby's Drag Man.

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

While on Oxford Street it's all about Sports Direct…

 

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Oh and a few for Fopp Records of course.

 

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

And remember, David Shrigley is watching you…

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

So how are your comic shops looking? Open? Closed? Socially distanced? Let us know…

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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