When You Open a Comic Store Directly Opposite Forbidden Planet…

I noticed there was one in Leeds when I was up there for Thought Bubble but didn't get a chance to pop in. But a trip to Newcastle gave me a chance to pop into the Geek Retreat opposite Forbidden Planet on Grainger Street, which is a rather confident placing.

When You Open a Comic Store Directly Opposite Forbidden Planet…

How opposite Forbidden Planet is it? Well, this is the view from the window.

When You Open a Comic Store Directly Opposite Forbidden Planet…

Which is a rather aggressive placement. Other Geek Retreats have opened around the country, including  Glasgow, Birmingham and Milton Keynes but none quite as close to a potential rival.

It's not a duplication however, while you can order new comics and the like through the Geek Retreat, they are principally a cafe, a restaurant, a bar, a place to hang out, organise gaming and chill – possibly before you go to Forbidden Planet. Oh and you get a free comic with every hot drink – with someone's back issue collection, presumably, to choose from.

When You Open a Comic Store Directly Opposite Forbidden Planet…

I went with a copy of Battle Chasers #3, I was in a nostalgic moment.

Created by husband and wife team, Stephen and Carina Walsh, they are also looking for franchise expansion if you think your city could handle such a place.

Here's how the Newcastle place looks, and what is on offer.

When You Open a Comic Store Directly Opposite Forbidden Planet…

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Bleeding Cool tries to mark the passing of comic stores as well as new arrivals on the scene. We're more likely to hear about the former rather than the latter due to concerned fans, but do please feel free to let us know the changes in your own local marketplace.

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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