There’s a lot more to be said about all of this, but let’s ponder it for now. (Art above from the cover to Marvel’s Civil War The Oath by Jeff Dekal.)
Your piece was 100% on point from my perspective. Fantom Comics is having one of the best years in its 11-year history (THE best year, depending on how you measure), and a big reason is all the things you pointed out—we sell a ton of trades, and we diversify our audience enough that we’re not nearly as Marvel/DC dependent as some other shops.Plus, the community factor is huge for us; we can’t fight progress when it comes to online retailers and digital distribution, so the only thing we have over Amazon is our community.With that said, the past month has definitely been a downswing. Part of it is the natural ebb and flow of retail, but in addition to the reasons you mentioned in your article, the election has had a particularly big impact here in Washington, DC. Many of our customers are people whose entire livelihoods are threatened by the looming Trump presidency, and we saw an IMMEDIATE downturn the week after the election.