Comic book chal­lenge has a fan­tasy quest

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

STAFF at a comic book shop are call­ing on as­pir­ing graphic artists and car­toon­ists to trans­form them into fan­tasy char­ac­ters.

Dan Slater, who owns The Comic Book Shop Ch­ester­gate, is invit­ing any­one who’s a dab hand with a pen­cil to de­sign the shop’s new logo and in­clude draw­ings of staff Sarah Crisp, Alex Blaikie and him­self in comic book style poses.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to all ages and the prize in­cludes £100 in cash.

The win­ner will also have their de­sign fea­tured on the shop win­dow, the web­site and on any pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing Face­book and Twit­ter.

They will also be able to claim a per­cent­age of the sales on prod­ucts that fea­ture their de­sign.

The shop, which opened in Fe­bru­ary, is the only one of its kind in the town and sells comic and film re­lated good­ies, as well as the lat­est comic book ranges.

Dan, 30, who is an air­craft en­gi­neer dur­ing the week but has a life­long pas­sion for comics, said: “It has been re­ally good since we opened. We had a free comic book day on the first Satur­day in May and we had them lining up round the cor­ner to come in.

“There has been a lot of ex­cite­ment about the shop. Peo­ple are re­ally happy we are here and that they don’t have to go into Manch­ester any­more.”

The in­trepid col­lec­tor, who has been hooked on comics ever since his dad came home with some boxes his friend was throw­ing away, has now amassed 20 boxes of comics con­tain­ing around 5,000 is­sues.

His favourites are new Ver­tigo se­ries Sui­ciders, with its fu­tur­is­tic spin on gla­di­a­tors, and gritty sci-fi se­ries In­vis­i­ble Repub­lic, de­scribed as ‘Break­ing Bad meets Bladerun­ner’.

He added: “It’s the es­capism I love about comics and I love sci-fi too.”

Dan’s most valu­able comic is a New Mu­tant is­sue 98, the first ap­pear­ance of the su­per­hero Dead Pool, which would prob­a­bly sell for £250 to £300 to­day.

He said: “Open­ing the shop was some­thing I al­ways wanted to do, it’s a dream come true.

“I would love to work in the shop full-time, it would be awe­some, but not yet.

“We are hop­ing for at least 100 en­tries to the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Send en­tries to: cb­s­, via Face­book or post them to 70 Ch­ester­gate, Macclesfield, SK11 6DY.

●● Alex Blaikie, Sarah Crisp and Dan Slater at the Comic Book Shop

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