Welcome back to The Retailer’s View – a shambling look at the comic book industry through the lens of retail. My name is Brandon Schatz, and I am so very tired. Since last we spoke, the store that I co-own had it’s first anniversary, DC took a big swing at (re)generating sales with their Rebirth […]
ICV2 has one of its periodic high level chats, this time with DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, in two parts. They talk about Rebirth, returns, retailers and the future of Vertigo: What is the definition of a Vertigo book now? Lee: It’s the home for stand-alone IP that really focus on genre or […]
Industry analysis site ICv2 periodically runs a study of the Top 10 franchises in various categories and new ones are up for Spring 2015. The superherochar5t is here led by Batman and Deadpool, no surprise there. I was a little surprised to see Harley Quinn didn’t crack the Top 10 – maybe they didn’t include […]
Last night at bar con here at Comic-Con a bunch of industry pundits were sitting around trying to figure out some of the smartest people in comics, and the name of Valiant publisher Dinesh Shamdasani came up and even if he didn’t come up with the following idea, hiring whoever did is smart indeed. Valiant […]
If I told you a secret cabal of the comics industry’s most important players had been working behind the scenes for years to implement an important change for how comics are sold, your ears would perk up, right?
But if I told you this change was to get expanded BISAC codes for kids and YA graphic novels they’d probably perk right down again, right?
If you’re ready to take a breather from the comic book culture wars, a couple of articles this week examined various vital aspects of comic book sales. CBNC pointed out what we’ve been saying here on and on for years, with the succinctly titled Comic books buck trend as print and digital sales flourish, and they […]
A few days ago ReedPOP announced a new “Fan Verification” system for buying tickets for NYCC. ReedPOP head Lance Fensterman told us the system was in order to combat scalping, but also to get more of a snapshot of who wants to attend New York Comic-Con.
Getting “verified” is key because online sales is the only way to buy NYCC badges this year. In the past there were some on site and retail sales but no more.
Much beloved comics shop Big Brain In Minneapolis is closing down at the end of June. For 20 years, Drivas and Big Brain have been synonymous with Minnesota’s comic book culture. During that time, local artists have counted on the owner as a friend and adviser, while the shop has been lauded for its diverse […]