TV presenter Jonathan Ross was all smiles on Saturday as he visited Banbury to sign copies of his new comic Revenge.
The self-confessed comic book fan went to Comic Connections in Parsons Street for his first independent store signing with British artist Ian Churchill, who has illustrated Revenge.
The pair spent more than two hours signing comics and talking to those lucky enough to get a ticket.
Mr Ross said: “This is the first time I’ve been to Banbury. Ian and I have done larger comic book signings in Forbidden Planet stores in London but not in any smaller stores.
“This kind of shop is where I spent my childhood looking at comics or buying new ones, so if by coming here Ian and I can help support these smaller stores then that would be great. Ian and I are really proud of the final result of the comic – it is certainly full on.”
Revenge is Mr Ross’s third comic. He had Turf published in 2010 and America’s Got Powers in 2013. His latest work, which is unsuitable for young children, tells the story of C-list Hollywood star Griffin Franks.
Bloxham resident Aaron Draper was among those queuing outside to meet Ross. He said: “I knew Jonathan did comics before coming here and it was really good meeting him. We just talked about the comics and I think it’s great to have someone like him come here.”
Glyn Smith, owner of Comic Connections, said the day was a success and added there are still signed comics of Revenge on sale for those who missed the comic book signing. He said: “The day went really well and while people were waiting to meet Jonathan, we had [performance artist] Ian Harvey-Stone doing mind tricks. There was a really good atmosphere in store and everybody said they were really nice guys.”
The shop is taking part in a free comic book day on Saturday, May 3. For more information call 01295 268989.