Bleeding Cool has been covering the transformation of Orbital Comics, one of the three central London comic book shops, away from a store that relies on a weekly comics delivery from Diamond into… something new. They still have a Wednesday 'New Comics' day courtesy of online store Comic Toolbox who have set up in Orbital on Wednesdays for that purpose, but have also been expanding their selection of graphic novels, back issues and original art.
In recent weeks they have been closing at irregular time for refurbishment, and we're now getting to see one of the signs of what the new Orbital Comics will be. And that includes incorporating Black Box, a late-night cafe and vegan dessert bar. From Anthony West, the cafe owner and barista who was behind the critically acclaimed coffee spot, The Black Chapel in Wandsworth
It will open this month, with West working as barista on a lever machine, the only one of its type in London, a limited edition release from Monaco manufacturer Conti, as well focussing on vegan desserts. These will include tiramisu, brownies, and coffee kanten – a Japanese coffee jelly, and will be made from Windmill flour in Brixton.
The cafe will be open within Orbital until 9pm – until now, Orbital closed at 7pm. Looks like there's another change coming… and with comics, coffee and cake, I am told that Orbital Comics will be "a one stop shop for f-cking around in town." I hope they put that on the sign.