Tilting at Windmills #252: Is Marvel Now what retailers need now?

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By Brian Hibbs   Welcome to Tilting at Windmills #252. Some of you will be scratching your heads and saying “Wait, doesn’t this appear on Comic Book Resources?” Yeah, it did, but CBR got sold, and the new ownership decided that “columns” were not a thing that they wanted to do any longer – which, […]

SDCC 2016: DC Collectibles Round-Up – The Rise of the Wonder Woman!

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By Nicholas Eskey I didn’t need to attend this year’s DC Collectibles’ Press Room to know that this is an exciting year for both DC Entertainment and DC Collectibles. I did attend, though, so I could get up close with some live merchandise (and free food of course). Though the jury is still out critically […]

Get your Wonder Woman make-up fix at Walgreens this week

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Wonder Woman is truly a multi-faceted triple goddess of lore and branding. For some she’s a feminist role model; to others she’s a powerful but sexy female superhero; and  to still others, she’s a great way to sell make-up and other women-focused products! Five years ago Princess Diana starred in a line of MAC cosmetics that sold out […]

6 Things Every Game of Thrones Fan Should Own

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Winter is coming… and it’s bringing souvenirs. With this month’s return of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s time to plan all the viewing parties or whatever your celebration ritual might be. Revels! Comics Beat was invited to get hands on with the sheer tidal wave of merchandise, both current and upcoming, for one of cable’s most rabid […]

DC rolls out Rebirth with heretical retail strategy

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With less than 48 hours to go until the world shattering Rebirth event, to be held at 9:30 am PDT  on the Saturday of WonderCon (And livestreaming for audiences everywhere, DC is using a very unorthodox rollout for retailers. As you may have noticed it’s solicitations week when all the publishers send out their upcoming books for June […]

Poe Dameron Celebrations hit comics shops! Yub Nub!

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    Since last December, American has had  a new sweetheart and it’s rebel fighter pilot Poe Dameron, as portrayed by swoony Oscar Isaac in Star Wars The Force Awakens. MEn, women and children are all abuzz about this hunky space jockey who grew up dreaming of flying an X-wing, just like the rest of us, and […]

The Retailer’s View // After-Rebirth

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One of these “strike while the iron is hot” deals. Or more accurately, strike when your brain feels like co-operating. Last night, DC took the stage at this year’s Comics Pro meeting to talk about their upcoming Rebirth initiative, and was met with resounding murmurs from the internet. The reasons for this are plentiful, starting […]

The Retailer’s View // Rebirthing Pains

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It’s been quite a while since the last edition of The Retailer’s View, and there are several reasons for that. Almost all of them can be grouped under the heading “year one of a business is tricky as hell”, though a bit can be attributed to the emotional drop I encountered at the end of […]

The Comic Den in Kew Gardens closes because “We don’t have enough readers”

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 The Comic Den, a 25-year-old comics shop in Kew Gardens, is closing down at the end of the month for troubling reasons: “The new generation of readers is going online,” said Janet Vargas, who co-owns the store with her husband Luis, adding that the decision is not rent related. “We don’t have enough readers.” Over the years, […]