Anyone waiting for on-line deliveries in time for Christmas will be sweating from now until the 24th as we are promised more snow in the next few days. If you’re looking to pick up something to tide over friends and family in case Santa doesn’t make it; a ‘just in case’ gift to avoid tears and tantrums, then you could do worse than pop down to recently opened graphic novel shop Plan B, which can be found at 5 Osborne St in the Trongate area of Glasgow, just along the way from Mono.
Yes it’s a cliche, but they really have something for everyone. You have a smattering of the quality end of the big two (DC and Marvel) but it is the other items that are the more interesting. Writers such as Jamie Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, Grant Morrison, Joe Sacco and Joe Matt can be found, and there is the promise of further expansion soon.
They are also hosting various readings and public events. Already they have had a ‘night with’ Mark Millar (yes, that Mark Millar) and artist Frank Quitely, and a reading from Denise Mina from her latest graphic novel A Sickness in the Family, and there are more events to come. You can find all the information you require at their website planbbooks . They also make a fine cup of coffee.
What is of particular interest at this time of year is the fantastic range of children’s and young adult titles they stock. You can relive your own childhood while also introducing sons, daughters, nieces and nephews to the joys of The Moomins, Tintin, Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix the Gaul, Where the Wild Things Are and Peanuts. There are lots of more up to date examples on sale such as Lucky Luke and Monkey Nuts, but a little indulgence in the past is no bad thing. With that in mind, here’s Vince Guaraldi and the Peanuts gang, followed by the trailer to perhaps my favourite film of 2009; Spike Jonze’s brilliant adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are:
Anyone who has ever dreamt of running a bookshop (and I would imagine that’s many of us at some point) should admire those who actually do it. Independent bookshops are an endangered species, so it’s inspiring to discover one as good as this. A browse round Plan B will make your day.