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|the comic store experience
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|Author:||redsonsuperman [ Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:39 am ]|
|Post subject:||the comic store experience|
Okay, this will be the last time I mention my pull guy f'cking up my order this month.
Because of that, I was forced to go around to a couple comic stores within a 30-mile radius of my home. Two of the stores didn't carry the Previews books to sell to customers (one shop owner said, why would you buy the order magazine? everything in it is obsolete in a month? I told him I buy the mag so I can make my own decisions about the comics I buy. That way, I don't depend on the hype machine Whizard or my comic shop's decision to put certain books front and center).
What struck me was just how many different ways one can run a comic shop.
For much of my childhood, I went to a comic shop that featured all of the newest comics on a one long row of shelves. The rest of the store contained boxes and boxes of back issues.
Sadly, that shop caught fire and I pretty much stopped collecting comics for a while as a result. In college, I got back into comics thanks to a little little shop that did most of its business reselling paperback books.
The shop I've been going to for the past two years is like a toys r us on crack. All of the back issues the guy has are in boxes that are on the bottom of shelves, and therefore a pain in the ass to comb through. Most of the store layout, i'd say 80%, is devoted to the various toy lines. He does a huge amount of business with the Marvel and DC figures, plus the McFarlane sports figures, the simpsons, gi joe, etc.
So, when I went hunting for my previews books, I came across two stores that were completely different from my current shop.
The first store I went to devoted about 50% of the store to the current comics and, suprising to me, had a lot of the books from the independents that I'd normally have to special order from the shop I go to through Previews. the rest of the store was devoted to back issues, with just a small wall full of the latest toys.
the next shop I went to didn't sell a single toy. I'd say 25% of the layout of that store was devoted to the current comics (one enormous wall, with every comic in alphabetical order; and the last 2-3 months of each issue were efficently included behind the current month's books for each title).
25% of the store was devoted to back issue bins. to my shock, the other 50%, was devoted to a ginormous wall and rows of shelves of independent graphic novels and books. we're talking your Bone, Maus, basically anything non-super hero.
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