I'm not sure if I've had a "favourite shop" in Tunbridge Wells since Ballards (the family-run model and train shop) closed, but since visiting the TW Comic Café today I definitely have one now.
As the picture above shows, I was in geek heaven. The shop is jam-packed with Marvel and DC merchandise, alongside Star Wars, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Breaking Bad.
|One of the shop's own photograph's from its Facebook page|
Among the delights available, at very reasonable prices, are top notch, licensed, posters and prints in a variety of styles, mugs, wallets, note books, folders, bottle openers, aprons, badges etc
There were also a few graphic novels for sale, but the focus appears to be on the pop art merchandise - and Tunbridge Wells is known for its artistic sensibilities.
For those coming to Tunbridge Wells, the shop is at 126 Camden Road, almost next door to the Camden Road Car Park (which is useful if you're buying a large print and don't fancy carrying it home through town!).
Despite the wind and rain, while we were in the store there was a steady turnover of customers - all expressing their amazement at the artwork on display.
It's a shame we're so short of wall space these days as even Rachel said there were a couple of prints there (particularly the art nouveau Iron Man, you can just see it in the picture above) that she'd allow to be hung outside of the confines of my gamesroom. I was particularly taken with the pictures made up of multiple comic book panels.
Although let's be honest I loved every single thing that was for sale in that shop and would happily fill our house with it all!
While the quantities of shiny goodness and choice rather overloaded my poor little brain (as Rachel can vouch I'm not very good at making decisions when there's a lot of choice on offer), I came away with a Superman mug (to replace the one I broke the other month), a vintage Marvel ring binder and notebook, and a complimentary badge.
A return trip, after Christmas, is guaranteed.