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Shop for superheroes opens up
7:30am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
SUPERHEROES and villains soared into Chelmsford much to their fans’ delight as a comic book store opened its doors.
Dark Side Comics welcomed customers for the first time on Saturday, to its shop in Viaduct Road with many comic book lovers turning up in fancy dress to celebrate the opening.
Customers will be able to buy comics, trading cards, graphic novels, T-shirts and memorabilia featuring their favourite superhero and sci-fi characters.
The brains behind the shop is 22-year-old self-confessed comic book fan Holly Ringsell who felt there was a space for a shop like Dark Side in Chelmsford.
Holly, from Great Baddow, said: “I used to work in Red Sun in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre and when they closed there was just a big comic book shop-shaped hole.
“People were not able to get comics from anywhere other than travelling into London and then you’re spending money on travel, which you could be spending on comics.
“I am a big fan myself of comics so this shop mixes my passion with a job and I am looking forward to being here.”
Alongside the sales, events are also in the pipeline to be held at the store such as fancy dress days and visits from comic book artists.
Holly, whose favourite characters are the Joker from Batman and Magneto from X-Men, said the shop’s opening on Saturday went “brilliantly” with customers coming in all day long.
Despite the industry having a geeky image, Holly believes there is still a massive market for it.
“I think it is just a bit different really,” she said.
“There is a huge visual aspect to comics along with the story and there is definitely the element of escapism. At the end of the day, who would not want to be a superhero?
“You get people who have either read comics as kids or some who are just getting into it now. Geek culture with shows like the Big Bang Theory is really popular at the moment and I think that is why comic books are still so big today.”
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