After twenty-five years, one of the most famous comic book shops in the world, Gosh! Comics of London is moving from opposite the British Museum on Great Russell Street, to the other side of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road, to Berwick Street, in Soho, on August 6th.
But before they leave, Gosh! will host a signing with Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill and Gary Spencer Millidge on the 30th of July for the launch of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969, and Storyteller.
Berwick Street is best known for its rows of vinyl record shops, though many of them have folded of late. It also has one second hand comic shop, a vibrant fruit and veg street market and the new location is right on the coner of Soho's famous "adult" shops, shows and cinemas.
It is also in the middle of one of London's creative hubs, with advertising agencies, television, film and audio production studios and it's just round the corner from where I used to work.
With Gosh's reputation for stocking, promoting and, with Knockabout Comics, publishing the best in non-Marvel/DC comics (although it has those too), this seems a very interesting move.
With both Forbidden Planet and Orbital moving south a few hundred metres, Gosh!'s position has become increasingly separate from the other central London shops, this will being it much closer to the "action".
Soho has had comic shops before, Jonathan Ross and Paul Gambaccinni's Top Ten Comics for one, as well as the first version of Orbital Comics. And Berwick Street itself was the second home of London's first comic shop, Dark They Were And Golden Eyed, before moving to aother Soho location on St Anne;s Court.
1 Berwick Street has been a "pop up shop" and has had Banksy exhibit his work there as well as providing space for artists and designers to create work. The shop in Berwick Street is designed by comics fan Callum Lumsden, who has designed bookshops in Tate Modern and the British Museum and whose work has been seen in the TV show Mary Queen of Shops.
Can't wait to see it.