Brunei’s only comic books store rises from the ashes

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A comic book enthusiast checking out one of the new comic books displayed at Fanboys Rebirth. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Waqiuddin Rajak

Local comic books store Fanboys Infinite made a triumphant return to business with its new outlet at Times Square Shopping Centre officially opened last weekend following its closure back in May.

With its new location at Times Cineplex, the store hopes to reignite the enthusiasm of comic books and superhero fans in Brunei.

Khairul Anwar Sabir, the founder and co-owner of Fanboys Infinite, said that he genuinely did not expect the store to be back on the ground when he and his partners decided to close down about a month ago.

He recalled that the store had to cease operations due to financial reasons and location. All the more, his partner had fallen ill and had to be hospitalised for long-term treatment.

“So after finishing up our pop-up weekend sale and finally closing down the Menglait shop, we got contacted by Times Cineplex who was willing to provide us a space to operate our business,” he added.

The first customers to check out the newly opened store last Sunday. Fanboys Rebirth is conveniently located at Times Cineplex in Berakas. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Khairul said the new store has been renamed Fanboys Rebirth in honour of its return to glory following a rocky first half of 2018.

It is the only store in Brunei that sells comic books exclusively, with popular titles like Marvel’s Spider-man and DC’s Batman series prominently displayed on its racks. The store also sells action figures and merchandises of popular comic book and pop culture characters.

The store’s reopening last Sunday was officiated by the outgoing US Ambassador to Brunei, His Excellency Craig Allen.

Khairul said that he was grateful for the management of Times Square for giving him the space to help revitalise his comic books store.

“We had worked with them on a number of occasions. It really means a lot to us when they offer us this space, not just at an affordable rate but also on prospects of having more future collaborations,” he added.

Outgoing US Ambassador to Brunei HE Craig Allen officially launching the new store last Sunday. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

As it is now located closer to moviegoers, Fanboys plans on working closely with Times Cineplex to frequently organise promotional events that tie in with new superhero movies premiering at the cinema.

“It complements the cinema and the businesses here, and I feel it makes perfect sense for us to be here with them,” said Khairul.

Fanboys’s new store manager posing for a photo at the new outlet. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The Bruneian