Blog 5 years old last week, shops much older
I found this advert for the business which grew into FPI when I was looking back through a pile of old Escapes (Paul Gravett’s pivotal 80’s comics mag – soon to return we hear). This is from 1985 and beautifully drawn by Phil Elliot and shows our mostly robot clientele streaming into the shop. At this time I was in fact the Saturday boy – only becoming a partner in very late 1985. My saturday boy duties being making tea, fetching dinner and supposedly sending out mail order parcels. From time to time this was disturbed by fairly serious hangovers and long periods sleeping under the packing bench. Great advert I think – and we really did carry nearly everything that was in Escape including foreign language comics I remember – something we probably wouldn’t do now – given they were really the only comics books at the time.