Use the force and visit Stormtroopers at Banbury comic store

Comic Connections, Banbury, 20th birthday. Left, Tim Houghton, assistant  manager and right, Glyn Smith, owner. NNL-140411-152456009
Comic Connections, Banbury, 20th birthday. Left, Tim Houghton, assistant manager and right, Glyn Smith, owner. NNL-140411-152456009

Banbury’s only comic book store has celebrated its 21st birthday and will be paid a visit by two stormtroopers on Saturday.

Comic Connections first opened on Calthorpe Street on November 11 1994 before moving to George Street and finally to Parsons Street in 2000.

Owner Glyn Smith celebrated 21 years today (Wednesday) and will be marking the milestone on Saturday where the stormtroopers will be posing for photographs outside the store before raising money for charity.

Mr Smith said: “It feels really good that I have lasted this long and quite an achievement despite some people writing me off and saying it would last six months. I have turned my hobby into a living but do not deny that it has been tough.”

The store welcomed Jonathan Ross last year when the TV presenter and self-confessed comic book fan signed copies of his comic Revenge. He was joined by British artist Ian Churchill Ian Churchill who has worked on titles including Deadpool, X-Men, Batman and Captain America.

Mr Smith added that there is plenty to look forward to later this year, with the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars film next month, and other blockbuster movies inspired by comics.

He said: “We’ve got Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs Superman and X-Men: Apocalypse coming out soon so next year will be a big year for movies. We are still going in Banbury against the odds with a very select part of the market, more of a cult thing.”

The store is run by Mr Smith and assistant manager Tim Houghton and the pair are also getting ready for Christmas, selling action figures and new A1 posters featuring characters from Marvel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

For more information call 01295 268989, visit www.comicconnections.co.uk or head to the store on Parsons Street,