How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown

Yesterday, I reported that, for the first time, Forbidden Planet comic book stores would be launching a curbside service as England went into lockdown. So that customers could call up stores, reserve comic books and pick them up at the store at specific times and dates. They are not the only comic book store doing that. But Orbital Space, just round the corner from Forbidden Planet in London, has another twist on this. I popped by just before lockdown locked down.

How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Rich Johnston, outside Orbital Space, sans mask.

Sorry everyone, mask on first.

How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Rich Johnston, outside Orbital Space, with mask.

Better. This is still the mask I got in my Loot Crate back in January. Who knew? The thing about Orbital Space is that it is not just a comic book shop anymore. It is an art gallery, a record store andand a coffee shop.

How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Coffee at Orbital Comics in London.
How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Coffee at Orbital Comics in London.

Which means… that it can remain open to the public. People can pick up their comic books and a coffee. And their vinyl records too. They also have the exclusive rights to sell a new Robert Crumb collection of stories.

How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
The new Robert Crumb book, and Shift comic book, at Orbital Comics.

As well as one of the more desirable back issue collections around right now.

How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Walls of comic books at Orbital.
How London's Orbital Comics Is Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Back issues of comic books at Orbital.

All that vinyl…

Orbital Comics Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Soho Music/Zippo Records.
Orbital Comics Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown
Soho Music/Zippo Records.

Toys and other collectibles…

Orbital Comics Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown

And oddly placed mannequins too.

Orbital Comics Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown

Orbital Comics Selling Robert Crumb In Lockdown

And all you went in for was a coffee. Orbital Comics is on 8 Great Newport St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JA, with restricted hours but is open from noon today. Pop by and say hi sometime, pick up your comics, but only with a coffee of course.

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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