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image_logoImage Comics Launches Mail-Order Service: A Threat to Comics Ecology?

Image Comics announced this past Thursday that they will now be offering a direct mail service to their US customers for over 35 of their most popular titles, including Rat Queens, Sex Criminals, The Walking… [more]

Kingdom_Come_TPOrdering Tips

I have been a busy store owner these last few months, with summer being one of our busiest times of year. Now things have settled down slightly so I have found the time to think… [more]

marvel mystery comicsDiggin’ Up Gold! #3 — Original Comic Shops

The Original Comic Shop Today’s comic fans hear the term comic shop and it could only mean one thing; your local comic book and hobby specialty store. So when reading the title “The Original Comic… [more]

comicspro-logoDirect Market Team-Up

I have written several articles on my suggestions for becoming a successful comic book retailer. In this column I’m going to fill you in on something a successful comic book retailer needs to do for… [more]

marketingComic Book Retailing Part 6: Marketing

Of all the things I’ve shared with you so far on opening and running your own comic book store, this might be one of the most important. Advertising and marketing are the main tools for… [more]

empty-storefront-11Comic Book Retailing Part 5: Finding a Location

In my earlier columns, I explained what I think are the basics of business ownership: taking some basic business/entrepreneurship classes, understanding ethical business practices, and understanding the personal and financial demands. Then I discussed what… [more]

moneyComic Book Retailing Part 4: Creating a Business Plan

Let me begin this column with an apology. I am sorry this is a few weeks late. We remodeled our store and purchased a very large collection from a customer at just about the same… [more]

1 Year Later bulletRetailer Ranting

After not writing a rant-out-loud column for a while, I thought I’d make it up to everyone with a column including a few good ones. Most of the time, comic book retailing is status quo… [more]

ms marvel 1An Entertainment Bargain

On average, I have someone come into my store about once a week who feels the need to point out the cost of the comic books. Some say, “I remember when they used to cost…”… [more]

comics_diamond_comic_distributors_incDefending Diamond

Diamond Comics Distributors is an easy target, but it’s not really a fair one. Preface The company’s exclusive rights to distribute DC and Marvel to comic book stores effectively forces all comic book stores to… [more]