Here at Orbital Comics in London, we are thrilled to announce that we have won the 2016 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retail Award. To become the first UK store to win is truly an immeasurable honour.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderfully supportive customers. Some of you have been with us since our beginnings at a small premises on Old Compton Street, following us through the basement shop on Charing Cross Road, to the sprawling gallery space on Great Newport Street where we reside today. Many more of you have discovered us over the years. We are grateful to you all. We’d also like to thank every creator we’ve ever collaborated with – from Small Press to the Big Two, and everybody in between.
And for those who may be new to Orbital, we extend a warm welcome. As a store, we’re all about new comics, back issues, trades & collections, manga, small press, vintage collectibles, gallery shows, signings, book launches, director’s commentaries, podcasts, columns & articles. We believe passionately in a diverse and positive community around comics, and in the words of the immortal Jordie Bellaire, we firmly believe that ‘Comics Are For Everybody’.
The Eisner Award is a sweet, sweet victory for all our staff, past and present, and for our extended family, too. Industry recognition, alongside the moving words of so many customers and creators alike means the world to us.
Lastly, we fully intend to harness the acclaim and exposure the Eisner may bring us, to scale new heights. Stay tuned.