Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner! There’s no better time to get down to your local comic book shop and celebrate. There’ll be events going on around the world, including signings, live-drawings and in-store competitions (as well, of course, as some free comics!).

Whether you’re a comics newbie or a seasoned collector, use this Saturday 5th of May to explore some new worlds, meet some new people and pick up some great new reads.

Here are 10 books to keep an eye out for:

1. The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish by Scott Koblish

You might know Scott Koblish from his work on Deadpool and Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, but he’s been illustrating his own demise for many years in these morbidly funny 4-panel black-and-white comics. Full of comic imagination and recognisable irrational fears, this little book is one to turn to when you just need to laugh at it all.

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2. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

If you’ve found yourself hooked on recent TV shows like Making A Murderer and Mindhunter, then keep an eye out for the film adaptation of Derf Backderf’s national bestseller, My Friend Dahmer. It release in the UK on the 1st of June 2018 – which makes now the perfect time to read the haunting and original graphic novel.

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3. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Thi Bui’s intimate and poignant graphic novel was one of the best reviewed books of 2017. It’s an evocative memoir exploring the anguish of immigration, documenting Bui’s family’s escape from South Vietnam in the 70’s.

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4. The Bridge by Peter J. Tomasi (illus. Sara DuVall)

With praise from comics royalty such as Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Scott Snyder, The Bridge has only just published and already won plaudits. It’s the story of the family behind one of New York City’s most famous landmarks.

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5. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! and The Moon Is Up by Mariko Tamaki (illus. Brooklyn Allen)

For kids (and adults!), the middle-grade novel adaptation of the Lumberjanes is just as charming and empowering as the original. Unicorn Power! and the just-published The Moon Is Up are brand new adventures at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore lady Types!

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6. March: Stationery, Postcards & Journal by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell

The March stationery & gift line from Chronicle Books celebrates the words and artwork of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel about the life of Congressman John Lewis. They’re designed to encourage the next generation of activists to dream, plan and fight for what’s right.

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7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book
by Reinhard Kleist


Reinhard Kleist published his graphic biography of Nick Cave to much acclaim last year (Nick Cave: Mercy On Me). Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book collects his moody and expressive portraits of the musician and his band, spanning 30 years, and including comic book re-imaginings of his songs. It’s also vinyl-sized!

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8. Spinning by Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden’s graphic memoir movingly captures what it’s like to come of age, to come out and come to terms with leaving a sport you’ve committed so much of ten years to.

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9. The Corbyn Comic Book (by multiple contributors) 

When SelfMadeHero put out a call for submissions for The Corbyn Comic Book, the response was incredible. The result is this anthology, which really has to be seen.

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10. Kirby: King of Comics (Anniversary Edition) by Mark Evanier, introduction by Neil Gaiman

This is the essential overview of the man who changed comics forever. Jack Kirby would have been 100 in 2017. This is his story by one who knew him well and includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

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Bookstore of the Week; Orbital Comics

Release your inner geek with our Bookstore of the Week; Orbital Comics.

Orbital Store Front

Orbital Comics has been London’s favourite comic shop for a DECADE! And it’s not hard to see why, with everything from imported comic books, back-issues, graphic novels and collectors editions Orbital has everything a comic enthusiast could want. They have a section dedicated to manga and anime, filled with translated titles and manga merchandise. Orbital also features the biggest and best selection of vintage comics in London! and they are fully stocked with T-shirts, posters, art prints and general comics related paraphernalia.

They are huge supporters of independent creators with the best indie section we have seen anywhere. Have a look at Orbital Small Press for a list of titles, links to indie publishers and artists, staff recommendations and general small press information.

Aside from their stock (as if you needed more reason to visit), they regularly host signings and events. The gallery space has been witness to an incredible series of exhibitions and always offers the chance to pick up some original artwork. What could be better than owning a real piece of comic book history? They have an events page dedicated to news on upcoming events. Here you can also relive the events they have hosted in the past; Orbital Events.

What makes Orbital Comics truly unique is their weekly Podcast. They use their Orbiting Pod Podcast to present reviews, commentary and regularly feature interviews with the stars of the comic world. Essentially, Orbital Comics is THE place to go for all your comic book needs, whether you are just visiting online or heading to the store.

Inside Orbital Comics

Situated in-between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, the store is a surprisingly big space. Boasting a number of sections, each one dedicated to different activities; Art, signings, back issues, independent books… everything has a place of its own. It’s dominant primary coloured interior is broken up with bits of wallpaper and comic book art, creating an interesting flow of movement, and giving the store a playful and relaxed feel.

The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to offer advice. You can also find a list of suggestions from them on the Staff Picks page. This page is updated weekly and is a great place to go for a little reading inspiration. Their website, in general, is worth exploring, it has everything you ever wanted from a Comic Bookstore website, and the bright colour palette can’t help but create a little happiness.

Orbital Website

Open for more than a decade, Orbital is London’s most colourful comic shop and holds a special place in our heart, for that and their incredible selection of comics and comic merchandise we crown them our BOOKSTORE OF THE WEEK!

You can find them online at www.orbitalcomics.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Visit them:

8 Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JA
020 7240 0591 
Mon to Sat 10.30am-7pm
Sun 11.30am-5pm