Collectors’ paradise as new comic shop comes to centre
South Holland’s growing appetite for science fiction, super heroes and special effects is set to be met by a new shop opening in Pinchbeck on Saturday (May12).
Strange Apparitions will be the newest attraction for shoppers who visit Spalding Lifestyle Centre, next to the Johnson Community Hospital, which already has a record shop, antiques dealership and cafe/restaurant.
Alex Hunt (28), a Masters’ graduate in comic book illustrations from London’s Royal College of Art, is the inspiration behind the new shop, which will sell old and new comics, toys and action figures, with some imported from the USA.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s opening, Alex said: “When I was a little boy, comics were absolutely massive because of the animated TV shows that were around at that time.
“Since then, I’ve been collecting comics and toys before starting to sell them online some years ago.
“But I’ve always wanted a shop and when I started chatting to people around Spalding, I found that the town had a fanbase for this sort of thing.”
Until recently, Alex was deputy manager of the St Barnabas Hospice’s shop and cafe at what was once The White Hart Hotel in Market Place.
But he has given up the role to run Strange Apparitions,which will be open six days a week, from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Alex said: “Strange Apparitions will have both old and new comic books, toys, graphic novels, action figures and other collectables.
“I’ve been to a lot of comic shops in the UK and taken ideas from each one, although Strange Apparitions will have items of its own that will be of really high quality as well.
“When I moved to Spalding from Sussex, there wasn’t a shop like this, so people have been really positive and told me ‘it’s about time’.
“I think Strange Apparitions will be a really cool place for people to go to.”
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