As a comic fan, there’s something very satisfying about wandering around a comic book store. Whether you’re browsing through the latest graphic novels, or being awe-struck by the amount of geeky merchandise available, comic stores are great places to shop. Manchester has a fair share of pop culture stores, and if you’re ever in the area then I’d recommend checking out Travelling Man.
Located in the Northern Quarter on Dale Street, you’ll be drawn in by the bright orange sign plastered across the front of the store. Unlike its neighbour, Forbidden Planet, Travelling Man is smaller, which works to its advantage as a more traditional comic store.
Step inside to see dozens of comics stacked on the shelves. When I went in for the first time, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop and I’ve had that feeling ever since. All the comics are arranged into their respective publishers, ranging from Marvel to DC. In the corner, there’s a section dedicated to indie comics that will satisfy the people who’re too cool to be mainstream. This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, so you won’t have to spend hours searching for what you want.
For anyone who’s interested in board games and RPGs, there’s a row of shelves dedicated to the latest merchandise. Best of all, Travelling Man do a great 3 for 2 deal on graphic novels. Today, I bought Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, Magneto: Reversals and Batman and Robin: Requiem for Damian and got the third one free. The selection of graphic novels they do with this deal is impressive, as you get a mix of newer comics and older.
Travelling Man might not be as large as Forbidden Planet, but it more than makes up for it with deals and the comics on offer. The shop is an integral part of the comic book community in Manchester, so be sure to stop by if you’re looking to get a piece of pop culture.
Want to know what Manchester’s Forbidden Planet is like? You can check out my review of it here.