Forbidden Planet, the UK’s largest comic and entertainment retail chain, announced today that this year will be an epic virtual event to celebrate its 42nd birthday!
Familiar celebrity faces and special guests are also set to appear during the event including: Alice Cooper, Kevin Smith, DMC, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Ross, Gerard Way, Garth Ennis, Kevin Smith, Michael Moorcock, Simon Pegg, Mark Millar, Dan Slott, V.E. Schwab, Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Dirk Maggs, Chris Claremont, and Ben Aaronovitch. There will be special interviews with the aforementioned guests who are some of Forbidden Planet’s most celebrated customers conducted by Andrew Sumner from Forbidden Planet.
During the special event, Forbidden Planet will also hold a tribute to the late Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) in the form of a rare and newly discovered interview from its vaults conducted by Neil Gaiman.
In a statement to the press, Forbidden Planet owners Vivian Cheung and Nick Landau had this to say about the exciting event:
Forbidden Planet 42 (yes, it’s our 42nd birthday!) is an auspicious tip of the hat to our old friend Douglas Adams, the genius behind ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ – for whom the number 42 was the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe & Everything. Douglas was one of the first authors to ever sign at the store and he returned for every new book he wrote. We are joined by a galaxy of stars from comics, music, science fiction, film & TV – friends of Forbidden Planet who have signed at the store over the last four decades. This celebration is dedicated to every creator who has appeared at FP and every staff member who has worked with us over the years – but most importantly, to all our customers and to every pop culture fan who shares this passion with us.
Check out the trailer below:
The celebration is set to take place on August 29 on the Forbidden Planet website.