Comic Shop Thought Bubble

Off-the-cuff commentary from owners, managers and employees of a retail comic book store. We’re trying to give fans of the medium we love so much a view of the business from the other side of the counter. Some caveats: 1) Nothing we say here is necessarily universal. Every shop does things their own way, of course. These posts reflect the writers’ experiences. 2) This column is written for and by comic book nerds. Please know that nothing in here is intended to be mean-spirited. But we want to present an honest and open view from our side and to do so we need to, well, tell it like it is. Enjoy!

Comic Shop Thought Bubble

March Initial Order Stats

March Initial Order Stats
Customer Subscriptions from a comic book store’s perspective

I’m the owner of a comic book store in Washington, DC called Fantom Comics. Since we comb through reams of data each month when we place our Diamond Comics order, I thought I’d share some numbers with you. Check ‘em out:

*All numbers below are based on reservations made by subscribers by the March deadline of 3/27, and do not include…

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The 100 Month Formula: A Proposal to Improve Superhero Universe Storytelling

The 100 Month Formula: A Proposal to Improve Superhero Universe Storytelling

The Problem

Breaking Bad. The Wire. The Sopranos.

Even if you didn’t get personally invested in these shows it can’t be denied that these exceptionally well-written pieces of fiction are loved by critics and fans alike.

Now, imagine that it’s 70 years in the future, and through the magic of CGI or cloning or whatever, Breaking Bad is starting its 75th season. “Oh, Walter, Jessie got you into some more trouble! How…

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Common Questions to Expect from Passers-by

Common Questions to Expect from Passers-by

You start to see trends after 7 years of running comic book shops in high-volume areas with lots of tourists and commuters. The one I want to talk about today in this short and flippant article is “common questions to expect from passers-by.” This list is certainly not comprehensive, but the top 3 that came to mind.

 

I have to run next door. Can you watch my kids? Man, I…

Convince Retailers to Carry Your Comic

Convince Retailers to Carry Your Comic

Ah, the Indie comic book. I have a lot of respect for people that make their own comics. You folks have about as hard a time making it big as a screenwriter or a novelist, and for a much smaller payout. You do it because you love it.

As a lover of the comic book medium I salute you and I’m glad you’re there. As a retailer with limited space…

What to look for in an employee

What to look for in an employee

Different managers have different opinions about how to hire an employee. You could open a mall kiosk selling nothing but books on this subject, and H&R departments the world over devote themselves to mastering the skill of the perfect hire.

This article focuses on just 3 rules of thumb that we – as a comic book shop – try to…