January is a tough time in retail, as people try to pay the bills from Christmas. And as you know if you’ve been paying attention here at the Beat, it seems to be an especially tough time in comics retail, as several prominent stores are closing, and there’s been belt tightening all over. Boom! Studios […]
§ Nice Art: François Vigneault made a downloadable, printable calendar for 2017 in both French and English. I desperately need to print this out and construct it. § And another! Rx Comics, a well regard comics shop in Vancouver, is shutting down after 14 years: Yes, you read that right. Rx Comics will be closing […]
Yesterday’s piece on current retail issues in comics by Todd Allen drew a lot of attention and kicked off a lot of discussion. Some of it was in tweetthreading form, and with permission, I’ve gathered thoughts by retailers John Hendrick (Big Bang Comics) and Ryan Higgins (Comics Conspiracy), and commentator El Anderson. It’s Storified below. […]
Let’s round-up all the sale charts we can, shall we? ICv2 numbers are out and show sales slippage: Comics and graphic novel sales to North American comic stores declined 4.25% in November vs. the year ago period, according to information released today by Diamond Comic Distributors. And that understates the true decline, because November […]
T’is the season for planning for free comics! Diamond has just released information on their 2017 Free Comic Book Day offerings. As is tradition, Marvel and DC are keeping their under wraps for now, as they will be hugely exciting and startling kick-offs to events or new teams or new imprints or new worlds […]
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 .