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 [...]
Monthly Archives: October 2012
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 [...]
The best comic in 2011 that no one heard of.
So it was late 2010/early 2011 that I began to notice that the quality of comics coming from Image was just getting amazing. Let me qualify this statement with the general notion that from 2003 until 2009 there just weren’t any good comics coming out of Image except for Walking Dead and Invincible. Sure… there [...]
That box we stick your books in each week…
“Subscription Service”, “Pull Box”, “Your File”…etc…etc. There are a dozen names for how a comic book store will hold your comics. Oh yeah, “Hold Box” is another term that’s frequently used. Some stores don’t even have this service. It’s hard to believe there are places where you can call and say, “Hey! I’ll be by [...]
Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Fatale (short for Femme Fatale) (fm f-tl, -täl) 1. A woman of great seductive charm who leads men into compromising or dangerous situations. 2. An alluring, mysterious woman. [French : femme, woman + fatale, deadly.] I was a little concerned initially when I heard that Brubaker was diving into more of his creator owned work by coming out with Fatale. His Captain America [...]
Previews Magazine: What is it, how to use it, why everyone should be a fan of it
The Previews Magazine is a monthly catalog of everything that I can order each month. It’s provided by my wonderful distributor, Diamond Comics, who pretty much has a stranglehold on all the goods that every comic store in the world can get…not that I’m really complaining as they do a great job and, in general, [...]