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US Comic-Con convention names Leeds shop as one of the best in the world

Jared Myland pictured in OK Comics in Thornton's Arcade, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Jared Myland pictured in OK Comics in Thornton's Arcade, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme.

A COMIC store in Leeds has been named as one of the best in the world at the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.

OK Comics, which has been based at Thornton’s Arcade, off Briggate, in Leeds centre, for 12 years, was the only shop in Europe to make the 12-strong shortlist for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics retailer award.

The gong at the world-renowned Comic-Con convention in San Diego was eventually handed to All Star Comics in Australia and Legends Comics and Coffee in the US.

Shop owner Jared Myland, from Cross Gates, has been left both surprised and delighted at the praise from what he describes as the “Oscars” of comics.

He started up the business from his parents’ dining room table back in 2002.

The 39-year-old said: “On a personal level I’m really touched by it. It’s just a job to me, I go to work everyday and really enjoy what I do but to find people like it so much that they want to nominate us and put us among the best shops in the world is really touching.

“I don’t think we do anything special but our customers seem to – generally I think it just comes down to customer service.”

Around 130,000 people attended the showpiece Comic-Con convention last week including Hollywood stars and comic fans such as Samuel L Jackson.

OK Comics sells everything from Marvel superhero comics to graphic novels on crime and romance to people in Yorkshire, the wider UK and abroad.

Jared said: “From starting with £300 to start the business to the point where we are now, it looks like we’ve come a long way.”

And after more than a decade heading up much-loved OK Comics, it seems the love of comic book capers and meeting fellow enthusiasts is not lost on him.

He added: “I absolutely love it – I can’t get up early enough to be honest.”

 

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