I’m not exactly certain how many US comics shops can celebrate a 38th anniversary, but it isn’t a whole lot. Fat Jack’s Comicrypt is not only Philadelphia’s first comics shop, it’s an institution in its own right. But you never stop learning and growing and they are throwing their first ever anniversary party—so what if […]
By Brandon Schatz Normally I abhor rumours, especially when I know my Wednesday will be nothing but addressing half-truths and lies that some over-glorified click bait magnate has inflated to preposterous extremes – but, lies will fly around the world in the time that it takes for the truth to get its pants on, so […]
Legendary Comics, the comics division of Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio owned by comics-loving Thomas Tull, has had an up and down history since it’s launch. Several of its books—Holy Terror, Godzilla, Pacific Rim—have been bestsellers, but other books have been long delayed. But things are moving forward with new books and new business.They’ve just […]
by Brandon Schatz As the whispers from last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit turned into audible noise, it quickly became apparent that the rumours were true: after 28 years with the company, Bob Wayne would be retiring from DC Comics when the company moves across country early next year. By all accounts, Wayne was and continues […]
There’s very little chance you’re at this site, reading this article about comic book retail, and do not have a working knowledge of recent comic book history. That said, it never hurts to add a little context to current events. So.
In September of 2011, DC Comics relaunched their entire superhero universe with fifty-two brand new ongoing series functioning in a
bright new continuity. Since then, the company has used September as a large-scale event month, using 2012 to flashback to the unexplored “early days” of the new continuity, and 2013 to unleash their villains across each and every one of their titles. Conceptually, there’s nothing wrong with this. The comic book industry thrives off of the occasional event as the eyeballs gained from the news of a line-wide disruption usually translates into higher profits. It was the reason why DC’s line-wide relaunch in 2011 was shatteringly successful for that month (and several after), and why their flashback month in 2012 garnered a slight bump in sales, despite a comparatively lower profile concept and easier execution.
Brave New World Comics – The Pop Culture Superstore from Fe Bandana Pictures on Vimeo. This is a little short film/advertisement that was made about Brave New World, a comics shop in Newhall, CA that’s a past Spirit of Retailing Award winner. It’s run by Portlyn Freeman and partner Autumn. We hear so much about […]
It was the international comic book holiday on Saturday, and based on reports we’ve heard, many individual stores had their best days ever—some drawing over 1000 people—and fans for lots of comics. And there was a ton of press, too, from just about everywhere, as the links below reveal. Congrats once again to Joe Field for coming up with one of the best ideas for promoting comics ever.
New comics shop alert! Florida based Coliseum of Comics, which bills itself as the largest comics and collectibles retailer in the Southeast, is opening a sixth store this Saturday, May 3 in Tampa. The chain is headquartered in Orlando Located at 19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., the new 2500 sq. foot outlet will be managed […]
Brief and to the point — over on his Formspring Tom Brevoort was asked about Marvel’s continued hammer-blows of relaunches, Do you think the frequent relaunches will eventually lose their sales-boosting effect? marvelmaster616 Maybe. Many other things have over the years. ..and that’s where the creativity of comics comes in, I guess. Rich has a […]
Speaking of Amazology, Lauren Davis at io9 got right to the darkest conspiracy theories of all with a post titledWill Amazon Do To Comic Shops What It Did To Book Stores? Amazon is generally considered to employ a Genghis Khan like strategy in seeking to wipe bookstores off the face of the earth, however, even […]
We’ve been having a lot of coverage of Booms! Lumberjanes this week, but the next hot book from Boom is likely to be The Woods by writer James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and artist Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade, Spera). The issue goes on sale on May 7, but before that retailers have […]
The great digital hope has been acquired by one of the giant fire breathing kaiju of the digital era. Will they trample tiny cottages beneath their feet or become a lovable behemoth? Ask me in a year. In the meantime…
First off, will you be able to read your comics? A story at the Guardian indicates yes…but…
With all kinds of concerns running rampant today about what Amazon’s acquisition of Comixology means for the comics industry, ComicsPRO, the retailers organization, has released a statement: “There’s always a concern when a huge corporation that shows little need to turn a profit tries to convert a niche market into a commodity. Fortunately there is […]
Despite my previous move towards being chipper, there are still some distress signals out there. Marvel’s full court press on their next event, Original Sin, has been relentless. Maybe a little too relentless. After promising “unprecedented marketing support,” inclduing the eyeball giveaway, I notice they pushed the FOC forward a day, and released the first […]
As we reported a month ago, the Dragon’s Lair in Omaha, Nebraska, had occupied the same building since 1976, until a recent fire elsewhere in the building caused extensive smoke and water damage to the store. Since then, the store has relocated five blocks west, to 2227 N. 91st Plaza on Blondo, and will reopen today […]
There’s a big survey of retailers about current comics sales trends, ably put together by Shannon O’Leary up at Publishers Weekly today, called Despite Early Sales Slump, Comics Retailers Remain Upbeat. If you are not a PW subscriber you won’t be able to read it for a few weeks — I’ll link to it again […]