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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Barrow comic fan follows dreams by opening stall

AN entrepreneur has followed his boyhood dream after starting a new business venture.

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AMBITIOUS Owners Luke Askew and Michelle Askew open their comic book stall, Atomic Comica, which buys and sells comics, in Barrow Market on Monday ASHTON BOWRON

Luke Askew has been reading comic books for more than 25 years.

The 36-year-old has now opened his Atomic Comica stall in Barrow Indoor Market, 18 months after launching an online shop, helped by attending a course run by Furness Enterprise.

Mr Askew, a lifelong comic book fan, hopes to develop the business into a full-time job and said he has been bowled over by the response to the stall.

He said: “Unless you’re prepared to travel to a city, there isn’t anything like this for readers, and that’s one of the things people have mentioned to us – ‘it’s about time we had something like this in Barrow’.”

Mr Askew worked for the Royal Mail for 15 years before joining BAE Systems as an industrial painter, and runs his stall by fitting the work in around his shifts at the shipyard.

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