A jewel in the crown of the comic art scene, with amazing collections that often see visitors jaws drop.
And they only just managed to get Trip Advisor to take it off, with people still turning up, thinking it was still open.
Now they have the same problem with this new location, even though it won’t be open until April. That’s because it’s still being built.
And yesterday, I got to take a walk around with Alison Brown, Becky Jefcoate and Steve Marchant.
We start with the street of Wells, opposite Oxford Street from Gosh Comics, very close to BBC’s Broadcasting House, and in the same street that once housed London’s Sketch Club from 1903 to 1957, with the likes of HE Bateman being apologised to by everyone.
The door will be a cartoony ‘smash’ burst, which will open up to a shop counter with the word HELLO in large friendly letters, and a bookcase wall that will open up to the rest of the museum.
The museum is going to be transformed – including a classroom that can actually take a whole class.
A bigger space for permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as topical pop-up areas and also moving into digital comic book displays as well.
He’s been whittling down 400 pages to a 60-page display – including some favourites such as Watchmen and V For Vendetta, but also a lot of new work for display, including the likes of Ken Reid and Leo Baxendale, but some unseen since publication – if even then.
|Ken Reid Self-Portrait|
This means a rediscovery of forgotten British comics greats, some of whom even Stephen was unaware of. The museum will not only reflect British cartooning history but in some cases will rewrite it.
The building is currently on schedule, expected to be finished in March, before he place gets fitted up, hopefully for an April launch. They are still fundraising to meet the full costs but things have been looking good.
Still the new building will give them a little more space to store the necessary paperwork.
Bleeding Cool will be happy to follow wherever they lead.