Wednesday, 9 March 2016

EXPLORE ANOTHER PLANET TODAY...



If you live or work in the Glasgow area, why not pop along
to FORBIDDEN PLANET in Buchanan street and take a look
at the massive amount of great things they have for comicbook and
SF fans.  In fact, don't just take a look, take your wallet as well and
splash some cash around, as there's a hungry wee till that requires
constant feeding.  You wouldn't like to see the staff being pros-
ecuted for neglecting to look after it now, would you?


And even if you don't live or work in Glasgow (not everyone
can be so fortunate, alas), there must surely be an FP store near
you.  If so, get your skates on and dash along at the earliest oppor-
chancity.  They'll be glad to see you and exchange some wonderful
item-or-other for any grubby notes or tarnished coins that you
may be eager to get rid of.  Well, what're you waiting for?


Remember the slogan - "FP for me!"

22 comments:

paul Mcscotty said...

Even although it is my local comic shop, FP in GLasgow is one of the better ones for staff. toys, comics etc its a good size not to small like Newcastle and dinburgh shops and not to big like the main London shop (no matter what version of FP those are). Saying that it is (imho) missing a crucial area and that is comic book back issues as for that I need to get the ubway to the West end of Glasgow ( a pain when I dont have a lot of time) as good as that back issue shop is (and it is good) it can be costly (again IMHO)

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Used to love Forbidden Planet, but as it is I have no interest whatsoever in most modern comics (and especially not the superhero stuff), and since they stopped stocking small press stuff, the only thing I've bought in them over the last five years or so is MAD Magazine. The one in Liverpool now's especially soul-less, all bright lights, polished floors and no music.

"Just buy your over-priced statuettes and get out" seems to be their attitude... Just around the corner is Worlds Apart, which is a friendlier-looking shop all round, and they still do a BIT of small-press stuff...

Meanwhile, found out this week I'll be working in Glasgow for a week in June - never even been to Scotland before so I'm really looking forward to that!

Kid said...

Assuming you're talking about the back issue shop that used to be in Parnie Street (but is now in the WE), you should wait for their half price sales, McS - or buy your back issues on eBay. I've had some great bargains on the internet.

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Haven't been to Liverpool, THB, but maybe they just had an off-day the time you were in. Enjoy your time in Glasgow - and pop into FP for a look around. And do your best to explore the West End - a great place.

paul Mcscotty said...

THB: FP in Glasgow (and “A1 comics and Toys” also) sell small press comics , not a lot but about 15 titles (up the back where the graphic novels are) i.e "Ganja Man" etc.

I was in Liverpool last year for a wee holiday ( well we went to Chester but had 2 days in Liverpool) , loved the city a slightly smaller Glasgow but great history and great folk (Cilla had passed away that week) was on the famous Ferry etc loved it. I didn’t see FP in Liverpool ()nothing in Chester) but I was in "Worlds Apart" (almost a copy of FP).

I can't recommend the West End of Glasgow enough (Ashton Lane, Great Western Rd and Bytres Rd) great bars, restaurants, music , and coffee bars - enjoy

Kid yep I meant "City Centre Comics" just off Byres Rd - I will need to try the internet

Kid said...

Did you visit The Cavern as well, McS? Cresswell Lane (just across the road from Ashton) has a great coffee bar as well (used to be the Bean Scene). Unfortunately, the cafes don't seem to stay open as late as they used to just a few years ago. Me and a pal have dined in Mario's Cafe in Byers Road a few times - quite nice. McS, you must take your girlfriend to Una Storia, above the Vodka Wodka bar in Ashton Lane. Nice little place.

Dunsade Dave said...

I remember the days when Pete Root sold back issues from Forbidden Planet's back room- great guy, I was sad to hear when he passed away. Always remember going in for a browse after work one day in 1995ish and getting some 60s Marvel reprint comics- Marvel Collectors Item Classic, Fantasy Masterpieces etc- from Pete at very reasonable prices due to some cover damage. As long as the interiors were all present and correct, I was never too bothered about the covers. Feels odd to think that was slightly more than half of my lifetime ago!

Kid said...

City Centre Comics, mentioned above by McScotty, was Pete's place, DD, and it moved from FP to Parnie Street and was there for a few years before Pete died. Someone who worked for Pete (forget his name) took it over, then moved to the West End a couple of years (I think) ago. Was in it just a few weeks back. I've still got a stack of backing boards with Pete's name on them. I first met him in 1982 at a comic mart in The Royal Stuart Hotel, and I remember him saying that him and some mates were opening a shop that would put some others out of business. That was AKA, which eventually morphed into A1, under different hands.

Gerry said...

Pete and John mcshane started off in The Virginia Galleries. That was a terrific place to visit Did you ever visit Obelist books in the galleries ?

Kid said...

Yup, AKA started off in Virginia Galleries (they may even have used the name before then), and it was Pete Root, John McShane, Bob Napier and, I think (perhaps at a later stage) Steve Montgomery who ran it. Yes, I visited Obelist books (run by Russell Aitken) whenever I was in at AKA; bought my Eagle #1 from Russell in fact.

Gerry said...

Is Russell still around ? I know he had health problems

Kid said...

Sadly, he died from cancer about a year or so back. A friend of mine ran into him around a fortnight before he died; Russell at that point didn't know he had cancer, two weeks later he was dead. Shame, eh?

Gerry said...

Ach that's sad news, Russell was great, used to frequent his bookshop behind parnie st to, he took me up to his studio a couple of times, he was a good painter. Still got an Obelist Books card knocking around somewhere.

Kid said...

The last time I saw him (bar one more time perhaps), he was still in Virginia Galleries - I didn't know he had a shop behind Parnie Street. I knew he was once an art teacher, but I can't recall if I ever saw any of his work or not. Didn't know about his studio either. Always got on all right with him when I saw him 'though, and I think I've also got one of his Obelist Books cards tucked away somewhere. Doesn't seem anywhere near as long as it actually is since the last time I saw him.

Gerry said...

He had a huge shop in that wee triangle of shops at King St

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

Hi Yeah we did indeed visit the Cavern in Liverpool an enjoyable experience (I wasn't aware it wasn't the site of the original Cavern but is very close) - Cresswell is a great wee street some nice (expensive) shops there - I'm meeting an old pal in Byres Rd later today so may pop into that coffee shop before we go for a pint (I wish more coffee shops stayed open later, the Tinderbox chain stays open till late if your out and about). I miss "Arthur's" (and "Lost in Music") that used to be in Cressswell great selection of comics / memorabilia and records- I got many a bargain in both.


Ahhhh Virginia Galleries was great I think it was knocked down/ rebuilt due to structural damage (lovely old building)- was Russell in Obelist books the older gentleman with the beard? sorry to hear he has passed away - I was in there a lot back in the day and used to chat away to him about books (more than comics) lovely man - I still miss AKA, A1 was never as good (imho) now its really "just" a toy shop but it seems to be a successful business.

I havene't been in" Una Storia" for years its a nice place and good food.

Kid said...

G, the last time I was in King Street (that I remember) there was a toy shop called The Big Top and The Cartton Art Trust was also there. Both have since relocated. So I probably passed Russell's 'new' shop (without knowing it was his), but was never in it.

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McS, I'm confused again. I'm sure I'd read somewhere that although the current Cavern was a re-creation, it was built on the site of the original. I guess that isn't so then, eh? Yeah, Cresswell's the poorer for not having Arthur's any more; he sells his stuff on eBay now, but I forget his username.

Yup, Russell was the fella with the beard, who probably wasn't that old at the time, but looked older because of his white hair and beard. You were probably in Una Storia when it was called Mimmo's - it changed hands a couple of years or so back, but is still a great wee place. I do miss the Grosvenor Cafe that used to be where the Vodka Wodka Bar is now.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

I think your right and I got the Cavern story mixed up (not like me eh?) - Its a great place though and I can recommend it (even if your not a Beatles fan - I like them but not a massive fan ). Oh yeah it was Mimmo's - The Grosvenor Cafe was good (as is the less trendy but still cool University Cafe if your into that retro look (well its more just old )- great ice cream)

Kid said...

Tried the University Cafe a good few months back on your recommendation, McS. Lot's of charm, but not much space at the tables - and they really need to give the floor tiles a good scrape around where the tables and chairs are bolted to the floor. Not a huge fan of The Beatles, but I like some of their tracks - mostly the ones I grew up hearing on the radio or TV.

Gerry said...

Arthur's was another awesome place , many silver age comics picked up for buttons. It was always a toss up wether it would be Arthur or Mrs Arthur when you went in :). Don't think there's any places like Russell's or Arthur's in Glasgow now

Kid said...

It was always Arthur when I went in. I used to despair, 'though, when I noticed he'd cut up pages of Dudley D. Watkins art into panels, which he then framed to sell individually. Gasp.

Dunsade Dave said...

Is Arthur still around? He was a very down-to-earth and friendly guy. I seem to remember someone telling me he was selling online although that was a few years ago. I sold a stack of silver age stuff to him once then went promptly to the record shop upstairs in the same arcade and foolishly spent the proceeds on heavy metal albums. I'd have been better keeping the comics. The folly of youth haunts me still.

I remember Obelist too, although was it still called Obelist when it moved to Parnie Street? The shop in the Virginia Galleries had two rooms, if I remember rightly.

Eddie's Books and Cards in the old Argyle Market was a decent shop too- a bit of a jumble sale, but if you took the time to have a good look, the occasional bargain could be found. I got a very old copy of the novel Donovan's Brain in there and loads of old pulp crime novels for ridiculously cheap prices. I think he moved to Union Street for a while when the market closed, but didn't last long.

Speaking of the Argyle Market, I'm pretty sure there was a place there which sold back issues of comics round about 1997ish although don't remember the name. Anyone remember that one?

Kid said...

I spoke to Arthur on the 'phone a couple of years back, DD, so he's still alive as far as I know. I've got a Yogi Bear lamp and an Aurora Mr. Spock model I bought from him a good few years ago, plus one or two other things no doubt. And, as well as my Eagle #1, I bought the 1968 Sparky Annual from Russell at Obelist Books in the Virginia Galleries. I can still hear his voice - shame he's gone. Anyone else help answer DD's queries?

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