Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond!
It is traditionally an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The initiative started in 2010, and has generated a lot of custom for small businesses and now it’s happening here in the UK, to support those small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy.
Today, Saturday 7th December, is officially Small Business Saturday in the UK and the Classic Horror Campaign wants to encourage you to support the small independent book, comic, sci-fi and memorabilia shops and publishers which are struggling to survive in today’s homogenised world. A world of bland products and large corporations that care only about profit and not creativity. And remember the small independent print magazines that cater to a fairly niche market of classic horror, B-movie and retro sci-fi fans; magazines that don’t have the huge amounts of money required to pay for their products to be stocked in mainstream stores like W H Smith, Tesco, Sainsburys and HMV. Yes that’s right, PAY! Did you know that a publisher has to pay a fee of thousands of pounds per year just to be stocked in these high street stores and supermarkets? Even Forbidden Planet is so corporate that they only deal with certain large distributors and are not interested in supporting independent, small-press publications.
Here are just a few of the independent publications (British, American and European) that we heartily recommend – check out their websites and Facebook pages to learn more about them and to find out which outlets (online and physical) stock them then treat yourself, your kids, your friends or your other half to a cool magazine that you won’t be able to find on the high street or in the local supermarket. A monster magazine makes the perfect present for Christmas – or any time of the year!
And don’t forget to check out the following independent stores. If there are any independent movie magazines or related shops you’d like to recommend please feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page!
One of the UK’s hardest working horror stars at the moment is Razor Blade Smile (1998) vixen Eileen Daly. Not only has she been jetting around the world filming a variety of roles in different horror shorts and features, writing and recording with her rock/pop band The Courtesans and putting together a bunch of exciting television projects with her own production company Gipsyphilia Productions, she is also appearing as a special guest at the world famous Memorabilia Convention at Birmingham’s NEC on Saturday 23rd November!
Eileen will be signing autographs and chatting with fans with fellow scream queens Caroline Munro, Emily Booth and Martine Beswick. Running alongside Memorabilia is the Birmingham Comic Con – both events offer a huge variety of guests from the worlds of film, television, comics and music as well as hundreds of stalls selling merchandise like books, comics and toys. The shows run for the whole weekend 23rd – 24th November – check out the Memorabilia website for more details.
So come and join Eileen this Saturday at the Birmingham NEC. She doesn’t bite you know; well, only if you ask nicely….