From the street it looks like your typical video shop, one of those with the automated rental machines. But inside it's an ample space that's all about comics, new and second-hand, with a preference for U.S. stories of terror and superheroes. In a wasteland for geek pop such as is Poblenou, a visit to Mr Brown always perks up a Saturday afternoon. The owner has the power to mind meld with his clients, finding the exact books that suit everyone's taste, and even better: he doesn't make small talk. After perusing for a half hour, all you have to do is pay in civilised silence before carrying home your newly purchased bundle of joy. Just as it should be.