UK Comic Book Stores Shutting Due To Covid-19 (Updated)

by Olly MacNamee

Here’s a list of stores here in the UK who are announcing that they’re shutting up shop, as of today, and their accompanying statement to customers.
Gosh Comics I London has made the difficult but sensible decisions close up shop for the foreseeable future. But, like a lot of other stores, they are working on ways to keep in contact with their customers and community through a new mail ordering service and their pre-existing web store.
Here’s their statement in full:

Then there is my very own LCBS, Worlds Apart in Birmingham, and all other Worlds Apart across the UK too who are also offering a mail order service too (expect in their Birmingham branch):
Branches of Travelling Man have set up a mail oder services for anyone self-isolating, but at the time of writing have yet to reply to my inquiries. However, with so many others now closing doors, how long will it be until they too do the same? Here’s details of their mail order service  and how to get in touch:

We’ll be here to keep you updated when we hear anything new on developments as they happen.
Keep safe from all of us here at


Travelling Man have confirmed that they too will be shutting up their branches in the North of England to help combat Covid-19 and support their staff, but they will still be providing mail order for trades and bird games still. Like all other UK bases stores they cannot even be sure of when single issue floppies will be arriving from the States over the coming week, so do be patient. After all, there are worse things to worry about that getting your regular fix of comics, right?
Full statement below:

Plus, we now have word that Forbidden Planet are also closing their stores too. here’s their statement, plus ways in still keeping in touch:
The Coronavirus and Forbidden Planet – Update: 23rd March 2020
To protect our staff and our customers, and to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we will be closing all Forbidden Planet stores from this evening, Monday 23rd March.  We will be closing at 6:30pm in London and 5:30pm in our other stores.
As the situation changes, we will keep you informed via this page, and though our Social channels – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Our web Store is still active – you can still shop with us at
If you have any questions, please speak to our Customer Services team on
We would like to thank all of our customers and staff for their fantastic support during this difficult time and we look forward to seeing you back when we re-open!
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
When we are able to re-open, we will update our Signing Diary.  Keep up to date on our Events Page.
Online Shopping
Our website is currently unaffected, so you may browse and shop as usual, and you can use our simple Subscription Service to order your regular comics, delivered to your door.
Sign up for our regular newsletters so you don’t miss any new lines while you are self isolating!
Free Comic Book Day
FCBD will not take place on the first weekend of May as usual.  A new date will be announced and we will update as soon as we have it.
Stay In Touch
Keep up to date with the latest information on our Twitterand Facebook pages.
And please remember, if you are following one of our local Facebook pages, they are holding pages only. Follow our main page for regular updates!
Meanwhile, Collectors Assembly in Banbury has also closed down for the foreseeable future too. here’s their statement and how to continue to support them:
Collectors Assemble have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the doors of both of Leamington Spa and Banbury stores from 5PM today (23rd March). This is a very difficult choice for us but in order to protect our staff and customers it must be done.
We will be back and better than ever. Get ready for some big plans for Collectors Assemble once all this is over!

There are still ways you can help us and other small businesses, the more help you can give the more small business will still be here after.
– We’re working hard to improve our online services. We’ll still be working on adding more and more stock to our catalogues and also making it easier to navigate the website.
– We’re currently offering FREE delivery on all online orders while there is still a viable delivery service.
– We accept all major debit/credit cards and PayPal
– You can also choose the “Collect from store” option if you would like to take advantage of this (More details below)
– Send us an email with the subject “Mail Order”
– Let us know what it is you’re looking for
– We’ll send over a PayPal invoice which will include all ordered items and any subscriptions we have available for you.
– Please make sure your mailing address is correct or let us know the correct one.
– As above you can also take advantage of our local delivery service.
– Whilst we are still able to travel and work from the closed store, we will be offering a FREE local delivery service.
– Available for anyone within the CV32/34 and OX16 postcodes.
– We will have set days in which we will deliver
– Please try to make your orders over £10
– We are still offering delivery via Royal Mail while they remain operational.
– FREE postage on all orders placed via the website and email/social media
– £1 charge for any subscription order under £10
– We have been advised that comics will be with us on Thursday 26th March ready to go on sale as soon as they are processed.
– We are currently waiting to hear from Diamond UK/US on what will happen with future deliveries.
– We’ll update you when we know more details.
– This year’s FCBD (2nd May) has been postponed until Summer 2020
– If you want to support us further we are as always offering gift cards and credit on loyalty accounts. Please contact us for details.
This is not just a business to us. This is our life, you are our friends and we will do everything to keep you and our staff safe. Please listen to the Government advice, Stay Home, Stay Safe, Protect the NHS.
Thank you all for your continued support.
– Karl, Jamie & the Collectors Assemble Team

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