The discovery of "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" by British comic book artist and writer Brian Talbot when I was 12 was an amazing moment for me. I was in Birmingham for a couple of days. The city was completely unfamiliar to me and somewhat intimidating in the way that unfamiliar places can be. My dad gave me a couple of hours to explore some shops and I stumbled across a comic book store in the now-gone Bullring. Comic book stores like book stores and games stores have always been places of refuge for me, and so I instantly felt more relaxed.
I had a bit of pocket money I had saved up and I was determined to spend it.