Are comics sales slipping or stagnating as we enter 2017? Some signs point to yes, as you can see from the November sales figures released earlier today. While the sales decline earlier in the year has been reversed to a net positive thanks to the Rebirth surge, as retailers Joe Field of Flying Colors tweeted earlier this week, there is a sense of worry out there.
By Brian Hibbs Despite now being in retail for over thirty years now, I have to admit that there are times that I worry about the death of small-business retail. Now my fears are certainly driven by the area I am in – San Francisco has both rapidly escalating retail rents, as well as […]
By Brian Hibbs Here’s my preface on this column, so you understand my point-of-view: I am bullish on graphic novels. They’ve been the leading category in my main store long before it was fashionable or trendy to be so, and the majority of our display and organization is around the book format comic. They represent […]
Sometimes the wonkiest things are the most important. Diamond sent out news of its upgrades to the Olive Branch warehouse, with photos. And if you imagined somehitng like a cross between the airport scene in Toy Story 2 and the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you were right. The report below is all […]
Retailer Brian Hibbs is back with a look at the swirling controversy over the state of the Direct Market and the health of the comics industry .
by Rosie Knight Over the last year I spent some time in comics retail, working at my favourite local comic shop, London’s renowned Orbital Comics. In this series of articles, I’ll be looking at some of the trends I observed whilst I was there, focusing on the positive changes that are happening in the industry. […]
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 […]