I grew up with British comics — you may have noticed. So when making changes to my blogs, it becomes irresistible to follow their lead. Welcome to the new Atomik Soapbox, incorporating Copywrite. British comics never died. If a comic suffered from poor sales, changing tastes or even just internal business politics it would merge with another title…
As a young boy, I loved visiting the newsagent. Whenever I was taken out shopping in Stockport, instead of asking to visit the toy or sweet shops, I would pester until I was allowed into WH Smiths. That big two-level store was bliss to me – more books and comics than I had ever seen in one place.
Following yesterday’s post on the changing world of story papers and comics, I have to share this video with you. British Pathe recently started to release archival footage on their website, giving us glimpses of extremely rare clips and film items from half a century ago.
Shelley and I just returned from a few days away in Kangaroo Valley. There, we discovered a wonderful second hand book and antique store that sucked the time from our day and the money from our pockets. I walked away with a pile of fascinating old comics and ‘story papers’ dating all the way back to 1901 and representing a wide shift on childhood reading.
Regular readers know I blog, tweet and otherwise participate on the web under the name ‘Kimota’. Some have assumed it is some anime reference or obscure Japanese word. But those who recognise it will know why today I’m as excited as a teenager in Angelina Jolie’s bedroom.