The New Dog In Town
By Holly MacDonald, Small City, Big Personality 1st August 2016
For all those out there thinking that comic book shops are for nerds, geeks and manga nuts, you only need to look at shows like the The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones and the explosion of ‘Pokémon Go’ to realise that the world has gone berserk for fantasy and gaming. Geek chic is now a fashion trend and an official phrase in the Oxford dictionary (obvs) and the world is eventually beginning to notice the rise of the enthusiasts!
It’s great to have a hobby and interest that is actually social and gets you out meeting new people and learning new things. Despite being called ‘social’ media, it isn’t actually very social when you think about it literally. Don’t get me wrong I am an avid user of social media and it has loads and loads of good points, but getting out and actually being social with friends and family and enjoying the moment without having to give the full live twitter low-down about it, is always much more satisfying and better for the mind and soul. This is something that we think should be promoted and encouraged especially in the age of selfie sticks and snapchat.
Enter Big Dog Books. A few weeks ago I caught up with the lovely and super charismatic Stuart, the owner of Big Dog Books. He was preparing for the grand opening of the shop the following day and was swamped in a sea of boxes and unopened packages. Despite everything that was clearly needing attended to, he welcomed me in and kindly offered me a cuppa and I must say, it was a great cup of coffee, good enough to go back for that alone!
Big Dog Books is an independent comic book, games, and pop culture shop. It’s all about celebrating who you are, your individuality and understanding that the things that make us unique are the very things that can bring us together. I absolutely love their ethos and Stuart tells me that he really wants the shop to be a social space for kids, young adults and older adults that takes them away from screens and computers and into a genuine social network. Open into the late evenings Wednesday to Sunday, it provides a place that’s fun and friendly after school, college or work where you can enjoy all your hobbies in a safe and lively social environment.