I recently sent out a survey (here is the survey, and here are the results), and one of the choices I let people choose was “give a larger discount”. I also suggested we might start a referral program, and the overwhelming choice there was “give a % discount on my subscriptions”.
Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to do either one of those things, but let me explain why I am not ridiculously rich from my comics empire.
Wow, this summer is just flying by. We saw some of you at the Toronto ComiCon the first weekend in June, and we hope that we’ll see more of you come out to the big August show in Toronto (not only is it Canada’s largest comic show, but it’s North America’s 3rd largest comic show). More details as we get closer to the date.
Update on the new site
Beta Testers, we got a little busy last month with the show, and I didn’t get a chance to send out that email, but watch your inbox this week. Not already a beta tester? Sign up today!
August 28th to 30th was the annual Fan Expo Canada (yeah…almost two weeks ago!), and once again All New Comics was there. Initial reports have the attendance pegged at 59,000 people, and I’ve gotta say…it sure looked like about that many people to me.
I got there Friday afternoon (after being busy Friday morning with the framers who were starting our basement renovation), where Pete and Gus had everything set up really nicely. I checked into my hotel room before heading over to the convention center, having scored an amazing deal at the Royal York hotel.
Work is done, and I’m heading home. Tomorrow morning I’m going to set the framing guys up with what we want them to do…and then I’m off to Toronto for 3 fun filled days and nights at Fan Expo Canada, hanging with my nerdly brothers and sisters.
Check out the All New Comics Twitter account for frequent updates. I’m going to try to post pictures from my iPhone all weekend if I can, and of course I’ll update the fun here over the weekend.
A couple of weeks ago I posted to Twitter that we were working on a huge deal that I was really excited about.
Peter and I had an opportunity come out of nowhere which would have allowed us to buy a competitor outright for a fairly small amount of money. I was excited about their website as I really want to move All New Comics forward, but haven’t had the time, and I was excited to post a big press release saying that we had made a major acquisition.
In news there’s a saying that goes “Don’t bury the lead”, so the rest of this pre-amble is flavour, here’s the meat of this review:
Despite DC Comics telling us otherwise, Blackest Night is not JUST a Green Lantern event. It is a DC Universe event that spans Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, and Final Crisis, and everything from the Death of Superman to the death of Batman. If it’s got death in it, it’s in here, and when you think of the prominent superhero deaths that have occurred in the last decade…this could be a doozy.
On Thursday at lunch I did something that I haven’t done in several years. I decided I couldn’t wait to get my comics next week, and I actually walked into a comic store to buy one of this week’s comics. As the web guru behind All New Comics, I usually wait until Pete (the comic guru behind our organization) ships out my comics every couple of weeks to read the new releases. I couldn’t wait with this though. This is a comic that was first teased two years ago when the undead blackened hand of the Anti-Monitor rose at the end of The Sinestro Corps War and the caption proclaimed “The Dead Shall Rise. The Blackest Night coming in 2009”.
Since then Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps have been my favourite comics being published today.
So it was this anticipation that I walked down to the local store on my lunch break and picked up a copy of Blackest Night #1 as well as Blackest Night: Tales from the Corps #1.
Once again it’s that time of the month, when a young man’s fancy turns to the comics he will be reading two months hence. There’s some good stuff that interests me and that I’ll definitely be adding to my Comics Pull List through my online comics store All New Comics.
If you’re not already subscribing to your comics from All New Comics I gotta ask you, why are you going to your comics? Make your comics come to you!
Okay, shameless plug out of the way, this is what I’m adding to my list this month:
Wow, another month, another comic list update. This was hopefully the last one I’ll have to do by myself for a very long time. I’ve got a ton of other things that I’m not doing like promotions, weekly product updates, ads, and all sorts of other good stuff. As of next month Pete’s buddy Gus will be helping us out, and coming on board as our first official paying staff member (if you don’t count Ryan who has done a significant amount of work for us in the past). So for my last official posting, I added a freaking ton of stuff.
I spent last weekend in Toronto visiting friends, pimping comics, and living somewhat of the high life, it was a good, if exhausting weekend, and at the end of it all I’m glad to be home.
I worked out of our Toronto office on Friday, which was a great reminder of why I love living in London. The trip took me over 2 hours to drive down (we usually take the train from the London office), and was pretty much exhausting. Everything’s usually fine until you reach Milton, and then things go downhill. The trip along the Gardiner was okay.
Parking for the day was $9.00, not too bad, and the weekend seemed off to a good start.