In June 2013 we’ll see yet another in a long series of Superman related products with the release of Man of Steel. Millions of dollars will be generated from ticket sales and merchandise and this got me to thinking about the Siegel and Shuster lawsuit which is still flailing around the legal community. To accurately [...]
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
About two or three times every day I get a phone call from someone trying to sell their collection of comic books. It almost always begins something like this: “I have a really old collection of books, still in their plastics and I’m sure they’re worth a bunch of money,” states the eager seller. Juett [...]
…just add violence, teenagers, and superpowers. Stir well.
So the premise of this comic is as follows: all of the Earth’s superheroes go off into space to fight the big bad nasty. They all get smoked. Earth now has a ton of super powered sidekicks running rampant because with great power comes great responsibility…how many people really think that teenagers can handle [...]
OMG, the internet ate my comic sales!
For the last 3 years one of the major concerns in the comic book industry is digital media. You folks all remember back in the day when there were music stores on every corner? Or when Blockbusters was a household name? Bookstores in all the malls? And then along comes that devil….DUN DUN DUUUuUuUhhh (yeah, [...]
A dog, a cat, and a rabbit walk into a dictator’s house…
In general I’m the kind of comic book fan who follows a writer as he goes traipsing from one title to another. I’ll admit it: I’m kind of a literary snob…I think it stems from decades of reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. I reminisce about all of those late nights hiding under the covers [...]
The awe inspiring conclusion to owning a comic shop
If you haven’t read the first two parts read this first…and then read this. So what have we learned so far? Keep your store clean and organized and have non-creepy knowledgeable staff. This is really about 90% of the battle but it’s amazing how many stores lose the war. Here are some parting tips and [...]
Disney buys my childhood…again.
My entire facebook feed is clogged with the news of how Disney has paid Lucas 4.05 billion dollars for the Star Wars franchise…..and man…there seems to be a lot of hate. I dislike making disparaging comments about a huge chunk of my geekdom (yeah, that’s right, geekdom…as in “Tony’s kingdom of geek friends”) but [...]
Another awesome Previews Review Podcast
In case you haven’t checked out the podcasts to the right, we do a wonderful monthly show where we talk about all the amazing things that are coming out in the Previews magazine. Well worth the listen and you never know when something amazing might be discussed during the show. Hosted by Tony, Juett, and [...]
Owning a comic store and how to run it, Part 2
If you haven’t read the first part, go back and read this. Knowledge of the product is incredibly important. Would you buy a car from a salesman if he didn’t know the difference between a stick shift and an automatic? Would you listen to a movie review from someone who rarely watches movies? Why [...]
Owning a comic shop. How awesome is that?
Every year there’s an event called “The Diamond Summit”. This is the single biggest yearly event for comic retailers because this is where my distributor, Diamond Comics, brings all the major publishers together so that they can sell us on the upcoming year’s events and products. If you want to meet Bob Wayne, DC’s Senior [...]