For all those out there thinking that comic book shops are for nerds, geeks and manga nuts, you only need to look at shows like the The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones and the explosion of ‘Pokémon Go’ to realise that the world has gone berserk for fantasy and gaming. Geek chic is now a fashion trend and an official phrase in the Oxford dictionary (obvs) and the world is eventually beginning to notice the rise of the enthusiasts!
It’s great for kids and families to share a hobby or interest that is social, and gets them out meeting new people and learning new things.
Enter Big Dog Books.
Big Dog Books is an independent comic book, games, and pop culture shop which opened it's doors on Scott Street in Perth last summer. It’s all about celebrating who you are, your individuality and understanding that the things that make us unique are the very things that can bring us together. We love their ethos and owner Stuart is committed to the shop being a social space for kids, young adults and (and 'big kids'!) that takes them away from screens and computers and into a genuine social network.
They open into the late evenings several nights a week and provide a place that’s fun and friendly after school, college or work where you can enjoy all your hobbies in a safe and lively social environment.
Big Dog Books operates a social outlet for people from all different walks of life. Stuart even makes sure that the food and drink available is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, gluten intolerant diets and more, he really doesn’t want anyone to feel left out!
Big Dig books stocks a wide range of comics, board games and accessories. You can drop by with friends and join in the games completely free of charge and find out why this fantatsic movement has become the huge success it has.
Coming up in February at Big Dog Books (all these events are free!);
15th – 17th February – School’s Out: Parent’s & Kids Days
For the holidays they’re running a series of open house days showcasing the best of the different services the shop has to offer and teaching parents about comics, card games, role play games, and board games. These events are designed to let parents and kids explore a new hobby together and as an opportunity for both the parents and the kids to make new friends.
21st February - LGBT History Month Scotland: Queer Comics
February is LGBT History Month Scotland and instead of the regular Ladies Night the’re holding an LGBT event showcasing the best of LGBT talent in comic books and games as well as a talk from artist and blogger activist Garry Mac. Stuart feels that Perth doesn’t do nearly enough for its LGBT population and Big Dog Books is proud to fly their rainbow flag and make sure that everyone knows our doors are open to them.
28th February - Bark Club
This month’s book is The Fix, a comedy about two corrupt police officers trying to get away with stolen cash and the police sniffer dog who keeps getting in their way.