by Todd Allen
I’m in Iowa for the holidays, so I thought I’d drop in to the local (brand new) Books-A-Million and see what kind of comics they had after they joined Barnes & Noble in removing the boycotting the 100 DC graphic novels made exclusive to the Kindle. There were a lot more Marvel books there than DC and, of course, no Grant Morrison Batman or Batman: Hush or… uh, oh. What’s that on the shelf?
It also seems they’re have a pretty good sale. A variety of Marvel books. Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Hulk, Spider-Man, etc. — hardcovers for $9.97 and tpbs for $9.97 or $4.97.
Archie, Dark Horse, DC and Marvel are present. Perhaps a hair tilted towards Marvel. Probably about half the size of the comic book section as the Barnes & Noble a couple miles down the street. It isn’t immediately obvious to me if this is a larger selection than the old Borders spinner rack this shelf space effectively replaces.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.