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Saturday, March 8th, 2008

What would a new small press comics publisher have to do to get on your shelves?

Interesting post. As a publisher-to-be, I’m interested in what a new publisher would have to do to get on your shelves. At Gundog, that new book would have to already have a buzz, or have more than 3 or 4 people subscribing, or be done by a creator that has a track record of sales, [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

This is fun. I like being “old.”

I turned 30 last September, young man. What’s weird about a college town is that at 30, I’m in the oldest age bracket. But I like it. Everyone says I look older with my new Partial Return-A-Beard… (This is fun. I like being “old.”)
” I was already overweight, but working on the web site 7 [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Idea #342: Fire Ant Farm

I’ll be happy to sell anyone a Fire Ant Farm for $20. I’ll just go in the back yard and dig up a mound or two, throw it in a box, and boy, they’ll be glad to see you when you open it… — r

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

“Would you like a Preacher comic to go with that Beanie Baby?”

The reason we don’t stock beanie babies is because I think that the fall-out when that speculator market crashes will be more harmful than any short term sales gain *and* it doesn’t fit my product mix *and* I don’t want to have to change my shops to be more appropriate for the ten year old [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Store #5 — Everytime I think the idea is dead, it rears it’s ugly head again.

<<<Everytime I think the idea is dead, it rears it’s ugly head again.
Me, too. I think if i opened that last store in Oxford, I’d be finished with my 1990 “Five Year Plan.”
What magazines have you killed? You trying to put Comics Retailer on that list?
I’d like to see more war stories. I DO NOT [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics is my hero.

” I think giving how-to tips on marketing comics is rather condescending to retailers in general. ”
Aiiiiiiiiiii! I totally disagree. I am *extremely* interested in how other retailers try to get new customers, do promotions, what their approach to subscribers is, and generally what they do to make more money. Your sales are up. Mine [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

“Because publishers make more money with the status quo.”

I liked your column, but I think that the people who need to read it probably don’t know how to read words without pictures. ( Except Rick. Rick, don’t do it. Don’t sell the beanies. It’s a slippery slope!)
You want Big Picture? (You can answer any question with “because publishers make more money with the [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Why Your Yahoo! Store needs to have a separate identity from your bricks and mortar store:

There are some paradigms for store-based retail that DO NOT apply to the web. If you do the web work yourself - other than time - there are significant differences in costs between retail stores and web stores. If my retail customers want to buy from me over the web, that’s fine, but I can’t [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Release small press comics on time, or die a painful death!

“But if the retailer loves it, and you back him up by AT LEAST releasing the book when you say you do, you’ve got… a friend for life.”
But how many people actually do it? Cerebus. Poison Elves. … I’m sure there are others who come out when they say they are going to, but anything [...]

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

“Show me the comic!”

<<<”I would be more worried about annoying a retailer by continuing to make the same offer with no response from them.  What kind of follow-up is your brother looking for.  I mean, if two free comics being offered isn’t enough to tempt him, what would?”>>>
I don’t assume that all retailers are like me, but if [...]