Open for business

Published On August 10, 2011 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

Following news of the attack on our much loved Nostalgia & Comics store in Birmingham the day before last (see yesterday’s blog) I came in from the Fringe here in Edinburgh last night to find many of our friends in the comics community in Manchester posting on Twitter, distressed to find that our Manchester branch too had been attacked. Very upsetting news to come home to, but also in a very odd way cheering because so many people online were outraged that their local comic store had been targetted and so many asked after the safety of the staff and the state of the store. That turned a nasty event into something positive and we thank you all for the kind concern – I spoke to the Manchester branch just a few minutes ago and they were cheered at the concern and love they had from the local comics fans, so thank you all very much for that.

(news footage from the troubles in Manchester last night showing the damage to the storefront of FPI Manchester)

The Manchester store did take some damage to the windows, but as with the N&C store the day before it doesn’t look like they got into the actual store, so there was no looting, the staff were at home so they are all unharmed, thank goodness. I’ve also checked in with the N&C gang and our crew in Wolverhampton where there were disturbances last night too, N&C reports no new problems and fortunately our Wolverhampton store avoided any damage, although several of their neighbouring retailers were not so lucky (on a positive note though, volunteers are already out on the streets there helping clean up the mess, kudos to them). All of the stores are open for business today – it’s New Comics Day and by grud, we’ll be damned if any bunch of rioting mutie scum will stop us selling new comics today! We’re all open, we’re all fine, even if a couple are slightly battered, and again we’re all very moved and hugely cheered by the touching concern so many of our readers displayed on Twitter and on Facebook – you guys rock.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

3 Responses to Open for business

  1. Matt Badham says:

    Manchester is very resilient. We’ll bounce back, as, I’m sure, will other communities.

    Glad to hear everyone is okay. From following tweets, it looks like the peeps at Travelling Man round the corner are also fine, which is also a relief!

  2. Richard says:

    Yes, heard this morning that Travelling Man Manchester unaffected. And reports from elsewhere involved in riots seem to indicate comic shops unaffected.

    Who’d have thought – mindless thieving vandals don’t want to loot reading material – what a surprise.

  3. I used to shop in the Oldham Street branch when I was a student (likewise the fabulous Odyssey 7). Nostalgia are one of only two stores carrying my books. And Another World in Wolvey have been incredibly supportive of my work to date (as well as my, uh, infrequent visits to clear my standing order folder).

    Keep on keeping on, gang. Stay safe.

    //Oo/\