This week we ask Ant Comics Shop to tell us more about their fantastic shop – please give them a follow/like using the social media buttons below!
Who are you and what do you do?
We are a small family that runs a comic book shop in the heart of Old Nicosia in Nicosia, Cyprus. We want everybody to be able to read and have access to their favourite superheroes and latest stories. Our Manager’s name is Ivy and she enjoys keeping the store up to date with the latest releases and classic stories. As a small and local business we understand not everybody has access to comic books and graphic novels. We strive to make comic books accessible to everybody.
Where’s your store located?
Our tiny brick and mortar shop is located in the old part of the City Centre, downtown in Nicosia, Cyprus. We also keep in touch with our followers via social media. Links at the end of the post.
What do you love about your store most?
We love the coziness and tight friendships we have with our customers. We enjoy having this special bond with them.
What would you change about it, if you could?
We would definitely change the front door of our store. We would love to have a nice geeky entrance that would dazzle people when they enter our shop.
What types of product do you stock?
We stock graphic novels, comic book issues, manga, local artists work, some illustrated books and merch such as keyrings, pins, mugs.
What’s your favourite comic of all time?
We have so many but we will go with a classic pick. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
What are you enjoying reading at the moment?
Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California by Dave Chisholm and Peter Markowski.
What are you looking forward to?
Having a big geeky party at the shop with music and food after this pandemic goes away.
What’s the strangest product a customer’s ever asked for?
Not so sure but I remember getting asked if I tattoo people at the shop or if I sell tattoo guns. I’ve been asked very weird things, being a woman behind a counter doesn’t help my case.
What’s been the most surprising thing about running a Ant Comic Shop?
How obsessed you can get when it comes to organising and cataloguing stock.
What creator would you love to have in your store for a signing?
We love Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Garth Ennis. Frankly, we wouldn’t mind having any creator to pop over the shop and spend time with their followers. We like providing space and time for our fellow geeks.
Do you stock local creators?
We do! Anyone who has something to showcase they are free to pay us a visit and we can arrange a small spot for them. We usually feature them in our posts on social media and invite them to our events.
Which indie comic have you enjoyed recently?
Magical Beatdown by Jenn Woodall. Loved it. Short and sweet. Very cool and creative.
Is there a creator you’d like to see interviewed?
What questions would you ask them?
We would go for weird and random questions such as what’s your favourite snack, do you have a favourite pen or how do you fold your t-shirts. Everyday things. We are all human after all.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
We would like to thank everybody for supporting us and helping us grow since 2007. We understand times are grim due to the pandemic but hang in there and stay safe. Ant Comics is always by your side with new suggestions and special additions.
Social Media Links for Ant Comics Shop
Shop info: Manager-Ivy
Shop’s Number: +357 22660384
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As well as comics, Simon writes plays, poetry, (award winning) film scripts. He also acts, directs and produces films, too, because why have any spare time…