This month has been crazy busy, but I finally got the monthly update done (this month I added more than 100 new titles), and now I’m figuring out what I want to buy in June 2009.
It’s a brand new month, which means I have to look forward into the future and see what future me will want to be reading comic wise. I’ve consulted with the bones, and here’s what I’ve found. As always my Pull List for the comics I get from All New Comics – where not only am I a client, but I’m also a co-owner, can be viewed right here in the About Me section.
Well, it’s the time of the month where I put my brain forward in time a couple of months and figure out what I’d like to read comics-wise.
There’s a lot of new stuff coming out yet again, but I have to restrain myself and just pick the stuff that really interests me and add it to my pull list on All New Comics (where not only am I an owner…but I’m also a subscriber).
This week Peter and I made a decision regarding the increasingly ridiculous “variant cover” market. Not only was it beginning to become a bit of a logistical nightmare as we had to figure out ways of allocating a small amount of these alternate covers to the customers who wanted them, but it was costing us money as well as we had to buy more product to qualify for certain covers.
After reading a very interesting article on Newsarama about how A Comic Shop in Florida deals with variants, we decided to adopt a new policy towards variant comics.
According to a report on Newsarama.com citing various sources, “Diamond will be ending the print edition of its Previews Adult Supplement catalog (which lists all adult comics and products offered to retailers from various publishers), and, due to economic conditions, is raising the purchase order minimum from $1500 to $2500.”
As a retailer and even just as a comics fan, I have this to say.
Amazing Spider-Man #583 was released this week to a ton of hype, with people apparently lined up for an hour or more at some stores. At All New Comics we carried enough copies for customers and no more.
Why? Well, for starters we’re Canadian, and Obama isn’t our president.
Secondly, to be honest, we missed it. This wasn’t in the original solicitations for the comic, it was the third item in a supplemental solicitation email which was I usually totally ignore. If it wasn’t a slow news day that day, it probably would have got passed over anyway.
Third, and most important, the whole frenzy around this comic, and others such as the error printings of All Star Batman and Robin, Action Comics, and the whole variant cover phenomenon in general would be immoral of me as an advocate of comics to participate in.
There’s a reason that the “Comic Shop Guy” is such a stereotype in the comics industry. There quite frankly isn’t a lot of money in the business, and the overwhelmingly “pack rat-ish” mentality of comic book fans means that owners (who are usually fans) are drowning in overstock.
When you’re dealing with 10 and 15% margins, every item you have in stock requires you to sell 5 to break even.
This week we did something at All New Comics that we’ve resisted for as long as possible. We raised prices.
Well, another Fan Expo has come and gone, and having taken Monday to recuperate, I’m ready to put my thoughts down for this year.
It was good, but not great. I worked a lot, and saw loads of people, but it wasn’t quite as good as last year financially. There were a few surprises as to what sold, and there was one book that I wasn’t expecting to do as well as it did which shocked pretty much every retailer I spoke to.
I’m off to Toronto for Fan Expo Canada where I’ll be representing All New Comics with Al, the littlest All New Comics fan. I’m really looking forward to the show, and having 2 nights in a hotel won’t hurt either. Friday night it’s just me and my pillow, but Saturday afternoon Char’s coming down and crashing in my swinging hotel pad!
I finished the ridonkulously long list of titles that needed to get updated to All New Comics very late this month.
After I’m done updating I go through and see what I actually want to add to my list. My list, which I keep online here at RadicalHive, has recently been cut to the quick (I just don’t have enough space in my house anymore to buy tons of stuff).