Free Comic Book Day 2014 news wrap-up

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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.

Coliseum of Comics opens sixth store in Tampa

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TweetNew 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 […]

Marvel’s Tom Brevoort on the diminishing returns of relaunches

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Tweet 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 […]

Indie Bookstores are survivors, just like comics shops

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Tweet 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, […]

Retailers can unlock The Woods secret cover

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Tweet 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 […]

Will Comixology go the way of Audible or Zappos?

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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…

ComicsPRO responds to Comixology/Amazon deal

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Tweet 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 […]

What are the real secrets of Marvel’s Original Sin?

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TweetDespite 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 […]

New Comic Shop Day: Thirty-Eight Year Old Comics Shop Reopens One Month After Devastating Fire

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TweetAs 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 […]

The state of comics retailing — and what it says about the Big Two

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Tweet 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 […]

Celebrate Hellboy Day with Comics or…chocolate

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Tweet March 22, 1994 was the debut of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1, the first appearance of Mike Mignola’s now-iconic character. There have been special things going on all over as detailed by Dark Horse Comics, today there are giveaways and brimstone and kittens and stuff. Find participating retailers in the link above. I have […]

Comics retailers forming a new group called COBRA

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Tweet Dennis Barger Jr. of Wonderworld Comics in Detroit is known as one of the more…idiosyncratic comics retailers out there. He’s still resolutely anti-digital for instance, and holds many other opinions hat a lot of people disagree with. On his FB page he recently mentioned that he and some other retailers were planning their own […]

ComicsPRO 2014: Eric Stephenson and Julius Schwartz win Industry Appreciation Awards

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Tweet The 2014 ComicsPRO meeting wrapped up on Saturday and retailer/reporter Matt Price has, as always, a fine recap of what went on. Among the doings, Image publisher ERic Stephenson won the Industry Appreciation Award, which is a leetle ironic since most of the industry definitely DID NOT appreciate much of what he said in […]

ComicsPRO: Image’s Eric Stephenson addresses retailers “I want to make your stores stronger”

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TweetImage Publisher Eric Stephenson delivered a speech to retailers this morning and here’s the text, courtesy of Image comics: I hope you don’t mind if I deviate from standard practice, but instead of talking about Image Comics this morning, I’d like to talk about you. This is my fourth year at ComicsPRO, and one of […]

RIP: Diamond Digital

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It’s hard to remember those timid days when digital comics were a threat to civilization as we know it and not a solid revenue stream, but one of the artifacts of that era, Diamond Digital, has been laid to rest. This was a program whereby retailers, instead of licking ‘em could join ‘em by setting up their own digital storefronts via Diamond. It never really worked out, for various reasons including a long, protracted roll-out, and at one point Brian Hibbs reported he had made a grand total, net, of $22.89 in a year from the program.

DC to spend $250,000 on marketing Vertigo graphic novels this year

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Tweet Or at least that’s what a a wraparound ad on this week’s Publishers Weekly states. (The ad in itself is a bold, pricey buy.) The books spotlighted for the campaign are FBP, Coffin Hill, Brother Lono, Trillum, The Wake, and Hinterkind. According to ad copy, there will be a $250,000 marketing campaign including ads […]