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LA's comics fans head to Secret HQ for a night on the strip

LA's comics fans head to Secret HQ for a night on the strip

It being the first day of the week might make my lauding of LA’s Secret Headquarters¬†seem a tad premature, but you’ll understand my near-feverish fervour to spill the Secret HQ beans as soon as you check this comic book culture haven out.

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Pushing “a sophisticated take on the traditional comic book store”, Secret Headquarters looks like the bookshop Tim Burton might open were he to turn an old Victorian pharmacy into a graphic novel store after watching Mary Poppins on repeat: one part quaint comfort to one part brooding somberness, with a spoonful of eccentricity thrown in. While the Secret HQ team give their website a refurb, their MySpace page is on hand for news of author events and special titles coming their way.

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Bloomsbury's still a bookworm's haven

Bloomsbury's still a bookworm's haven

Nigh on a century since some of modern literature’s finest thinkers, writers and party throwers peopled its pretty gated squares, Bloomsbury’s still shaking its bookish tailfeather. And before my Virginia Woolf obsession triggers claims of bias, just check out the indie comic bookshop Gosh! Comics¬†opposite the British Museum, of which one reviewer on Trustedplaces.com wrote:

“The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and won’t have any truck with the sneering fanboy attitudes that can make comics shops a little unfriendly for anyone who hasn’t spent the last ten years reading about men in underpants.”

Add to Gosh! the socialist lit hub Bookmarks and the London Review Bookshop and you have yourself a jolly old afternoon of browsing, picking brains and emptying your pockets of spare change. Brilliant.

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