On Monday Forbidden Planet in Glasgow closed its doors to male customers. From six to nine the comic shop belonged to the geeky girls. With cake, booze and a 20% discount it was an absolute blast.
Forbidden Planet tends to hold interesting and fun events every now and again, but this one is by far my favourite. I can’t wait for the next one!
I spoke to Nicola Speirs, one of the organisers of the event.
“Kirsty and I were talking on Facebook and I think it was her who mentioned it first. We were in the process of organising guests for Glasgow Comic Con and one of the guests we’d booked was Kate Leth. Kate Leth, aside from being one of our favourite creators, founded this online community called The Valkyries. It was a forum for female comic shop staff to chat, vent and network and part of that was through physical “ladies nights” at local comic book shops across the world. The idea very much stems from that – there are already a few great events and collectives that deal with woman creating comics so we wanted something that focused on the reader.
“We didn’t have [expectations], really. The target demographic applies to a lot of our friends, so we knew at least half a dozen of our pals would turn up! We just wanted a really informal night, a relaxed atmosphere and meet some more like minded people.
“When I arrived to set up, people were waiting outside, that was brilliant. People had seen the event online and taken a punt on it, which we were delighted with. Everyone seemed to get on well, even if they didn’t know each other before the night started. A lot of books were recommended, a lot of comics were bought and a lot of cake was eaten.
“I used to work in Forbidden Planet and it’s still my LCS. It’s also got the best choice of current comics in the city. We were lucky enough that they were on board with the event from the start.
“We’ve got our June event in the diary and another few penciled in after that. After testing the water with the first event, we’re looking into ways to give the night a bit of structure and keep things fresh every month.
“We help organise Glasgow Comic Con. That’s a big one but we’re particularly excited for it this year.
“Luckily that point of view [that comics are for men and boys] is becoming rarer and rarer these days and, as a whole, I really love the comics community – the more representative of its readership it becomes, the more I love it. I deal with the rest of it by calling out crap when I need to and always giving the finger to Frank Cho covers.”
If you get the opportunity, you should come to the next She Reads Comics event. I couldn’t recommend it enough.