Comics, etc.

I think a lot of hobby stores are run by people who enjoy the hobby, not people who are great businesspeople.

Heck, the notorious difficulty of keeping a hobby store open nearly insures that any great businessperson is going to choose not to go into that field.

Yes, having known some people, running hobby/passion type stores I feel like they go in because of their love for the hobby, and with some huge ideas on how to engadge with customers.

A year later they often seem burnt out by the long hours and general struggle small brick and mortar stores have competing with online and large retailers.

As Fedaykin98 says, it's a tough field to be in, and passion for your job only gets you so far.

Yeah, I know that that is true, that people run these stores because they love comics but they are often not businesspeople. It still just baffles me that the business demands don't kick them into gear more. Though, in trying to do a little research into what's going on with this shop, I found some suggestion that it's somehow been around since the 1980s?? So, I dunno, maybe they know their business better than I'd guess and there's a good reason they're not offering up any kind of sales. Still, you'd think they'd at least have a webpage or something where they'd tell people what's happening! Shrug.

All of our local comic stores, along with practically everything else, are closed. I do worry how this may affect a few of them. They were in quite a resurgence here.

RnRClown wrote:

All of our local comic stores, along with practically everything else, are closed. I do worry how this may affect a few of them. They were in quite a resurgence here.

Yeah, I was thinking about gaming stores the other day, and what I think is Houston's only boardgame café. Some of these places were doing great business, but how long can they survive with zero revenue?

There aren't as many shops on here but I found a link for all the shops that are being proactive in getting comics to people during quarantine.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
RnRClown wrote:

All of our local comic stores, along with practically everything else, are closed. I do worry how this may affect a few of them. They were in quite a resurgence here.

Yeah, I was thinking about gaming stores the other day, and what I think is Houston's only boardgame café. Some of these places were doing great business, but how long can they survive with zero revenue?

There’s a Gamecraft Brewery local to me. They brew their own, and have large banquet tables for patrons to game upon. They have a few house games available to play, but as you might imagine they are in rough shape. Most people bring their own games.

I was sort of surprised to see that they didn’t have a curated selection of new board games for sale. They said they are 100% dedicated to the food and drink and that they’re not interested in being a game retailer.

This seems sort of foolish IMO. If you’re dedicated to keeping your business alive, wouldn’t you pursue all potential avenues of profit? With my friends, I would imagine that at least one of us would buy a new game every time we went. And if they had a supply of critically acclaimed table top games I would imagine many of their patrons would buy them.

I suppose that maybe they don’t want to allocate store space to a big shelf of merchandise. But then I was thinking that they could have a menu of games that they have in stock and you could ask your server to put it on your tab and bring it out to you. Don’t know. Seems like they’re leaving a lot of money on the tabletop. (intended)

Humble Bundle is selling the complete The Walking Dead series in one of their comic bundles. Invincible showed up in that universe but in his own book.

I've been re-reading Saga and, controversial opinion here: that is a really good comic.

I've also picked up the first couple of volumes of the Hellboy Omnibus. I'd read a little bit of Hellboy a long time ago but never really got into it. I'm enjoying what I've read so far though, I love Mignola's art, of course, and am appreciating the stories better in this format. It looks like they've released the complete main Hellboy story in these four ~350 page paperback omnibus collections, I'm curious to see if that feels like more or less one intelligible story or if I will feel the absence of all the BPRD books and the many other Hellboy-adjacent things that I assume aren't in the ~1200 or so pages of these four books.

You don't need BPRD to read Hellboy at all, imho. Probably do want Hellboy if you're reading BPRD. A year or two ago I read pretty much everything that was written in that universe at the time. Of course, they're still producing more content.

The Hellboy stuff is easily the best. BPRD does have a long, interesting saga, but I feel like it drags at points.

Does anyone recommend any particular path for buying comic book longboxes, short boxes, or any other good storage method for comics? Amazon's options are not especially reasonably priced, and I'm starting to think the odds are my nearest comic store may never re-open. It seems like shipping is the main reason this is pricey when done online, but maybe I'm missing better sellers or good alternative storage solutions...

I've only bought them from my LCS.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I've only bought them from my LCS.

Yup, same.

This looks reasonable, but I have never used them so YMMV.

https://www.bcwsupplies.com/comic-bo...

Marvel is rebooting Ultraman??

https://www.marvel.com/articles/comi...

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Yeah, I've purchased from BCW before and it worked out fine, but shipping fees are $20 unless you're buying like $200+ of stuff, so not really worth it. I, too, have bought from my LCS in the past, but it's still shut down and no signs of when they will reopen. I'd really love to get a few longboxes to sort the comics in my office area right now, but I guess I'll just have to keep waiting to hear that my LCS Is back open (which is difficult since they have no social media accounts or website, which is very frustrating to me!). There is another comics shop about a 30-45 minute drive away from me that is open, so worse comes to worse maybe I'll just take a long ride one day.

Just finished Batman The Long Halloween. Liked the art. Especially liked one shot of Catwoman. Here she is more muscle than sleek. She sporting skintight purple suit with knee high boots and gloves. I seen the outfit before but not in this style.

The story was good up to end where it kind of fell apart. Maybe in this universe batman isn't the greatest detective. There wasn't a way to deduce the outcome so the bad guy reveal felt random.

Yeah, I've always felt Long Halloween is pretty overrated. Love the Tim Sale art, but the story reminds me of another overrated Jeph Loeb Batman story, Hush. Both are structured around letting a great artist go off, shoehorning in a greatest hits list of Batman villains, starting with an intriguing mystery that culminates in a disappointing solution.

I forgot to post this! For our first anniversary, my awesome wife got me

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1st year is paper!

Speaking of Iron Fist, I'm going to try and pick up Kirkman's Fire Power from my LCS today!

Nice!

cartoonin wrote:

I forgot to post this! For our first anniversary, my awesome wife got me

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1st year is paper!

Happy anniversary!! Congratulations!

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I bought a later edition of that in 1978 off of a rusty, squeaky, rotating magazine rack at Thrifty’s. It was in a PVC plastic bag with a Spider-Man and Hulk comic bundled with it. The dead giveaway that it wasn’t a first edition was the eye-sore bar code on the cover. It was the first time I’d ever owned issue #1 of any comic series, and at seven years old I was over the moon about it.

(Copy/pasting this from the DC thread)

I've never read Wonder Woman (haven't really read too much DC in general), but these pages from this month's issue #759 by my fellow Spaniard Mikel Janin look amazing!

Searching through spinner racks at grocery stores and such was awesome. I still remember being thrilled to find a missing issue from Kraven's Last Hunt at gas station.

I haven't been reading as many comics lately. I periodically catch up on Criminal. Lately I've been slowly reading the original GI Joe comics - speaking of comics once found in grocery stores and gas stations!

Happy anniversary!! Congratulations!

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I bought a later edition of that in 1978 off of a rusty, squeaky, rotating magazine rack at Thrifty’s. It was in a PVC plastic bag with a Spider-Man and Hulk comic bundled with it. The dead giveaway that it wasn’t a first edition was the eye-sore bar code on the cover. It was the first time I’d ever owned issue #1 of any comic series, and at seven years old I was over the moon about it.

Thanks! I remember going to the drug store/five & dime in the 80s that had a few spinner racks and loved going there with my mom anytime she went.