Posted by: Brian Hibbs on
I love the end of the year, always a good time to reflect back and see what worked, what didn’t, what’s selling, what’s not. Well, I like that stuff; I’m weird! Below the cut, for weirdos like me: charts and figures and some analysis of why 2014 is the Best Year of Comics Ever.
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on October 28, 2014
SENSATION COMICS #3 is a pretty great comic — it’s the kind of comic you could give to a 10 year old girl, or her 45 year old hipster mother equally. It is kind of exactly the kind of WW comic that a whole swath of people really really want right now, because empowering but also really really cute. I can absolutely sell this comic to a LOT of folks. Except for the barrier they put in my way…. Come under the cut and I will explain….
Posted by: John Kane on September 26, 2014
Word is reaching us here in The United Kingdom that an “agreement” has been reached between The Kirbys and Marvel/Disney. The Beat Bleeding Cool Details to be confirmed as yet, but I’m sure we are all of one mind and one heart that this is an end to it all right here. We now return to our regularly scheduled weekend…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on September 4, 2014
Well, it’s been 25 years (plus some), and we have two stores now, so maybe modernizing things is long overdue? I’m sure someone with more media savvy is going to tell me that I’m managing this entirely wrong (like, it’s going to be weeks still, likely, before www.comixexperience.com even begins to reflect this aesthetic), but I’m itching to share, and I’ve just started attaching it to fliers and stuff (see the previous post), so let’s put it out there…! And here’s the logo for Outpost… I think they’re pretty swell! These logos are by Lauren Dean Evans of Good Looking Ideas -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 30, 2014
OK, same thing as the last post, except this time we’ll talk about BOOKS. Again, after the jump for those of you who don’t want to read sales charts!
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on
Hey, hey, it’s the half-year report from Comix Experience – now also with numbers from Comix Experience Outpost. You’ll find it below the cut, for those of you who like numbers-porn.
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 20, 2014
Death. To. The. Penny! And more more more on the second store (store store). Find it at Comic Book Resources, though you MAY post here if you prefer not to there (but the community there IS much improved lately) -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 18, 2014
Backstage problems here at SavCrit, and everything that was posted in the last 97 days just got deleted. The GOOD news is it is in service of getting rid of the damn spam (though, that will still be a bit more time, but it IS being actively worked on) It is possible (?) that John K and Jeff and Abhay all wrote things in Word first, and can restore their posts, but I’m not going to bet on it. I know I sure as heck didn’t! Still, happy thoughts, right? I am SO close to being done with the main parts of back issue project at the new store that is soaking virtually all of my time (I just started… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on January 29, 2014
The first signing for Comic Outpost is a super-doozy: Industry legend James Robinson (who, fun fact, had his first GN release with LONDON’S DARK the same year I opened my first store) will be appearing to support FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (on day of release), as well as ALL-NEW INVADERS and his Image comic THE SAVIORS. I couldn’t be more excited. Comic Outpost is located at 2381 Ocean Ave in San Francisco. There is buckets of free parking north of the store, and we literally have a stop of the K line streetcar right in front of the shop; we’re all of 8 stops on the underground from downtown, it is a short and easy hop. (And thank you Jeff Lester… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on January 24, 2014
So I just got the 2013 BookScan data, but for me the biggest hole is ALWAYS “stuff that didn’t get categorized correctly” — supposed to be coded as “comics”, but, instead, it is listed as something else. This happens the most frequently with “Memoir” books — I have to manually request things like Maus and Persepolis every year, because they’re not natively on the “Comics” list. Usually, I spend a few days combing through the previous year’s invoices, hoping to spot something obvious, but this year, with the second store, I barely have time to write the BookScan column at all, let alone being fussy about trying to find those 1-2 books that are worth reporting on, but got missed…. Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on January 20, 2014
The first Saturday in May is coming soon, and with it Free Comic Book Day. I Love Free Comic Book Day. Adore it. It’s the happiest day of the year, as far as I am concerned. But one thing it very much isn’t is “free” for the retailer. I count fifty-seven FCBD comics for 2014. If your retailer were to let you have one copy of each release, her cost would be $16.83. That doesn’t count the shipping, either. Figure about another $2.85 to get those comics into the store. The total, then? $19.68. It’s just something to bear in mind when you rush down to FCBD — Just three comics for you can be over a dollar (depending on… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on January 18, 2014
This is how you know I am beyond overworked right now — I totally forgot to link to the new column on CBR. My opening thoughts on running two stores. (GOD, I AM SO TIRED AND OVERWORKED, it isn’t even funny!!!!) Read it, love it, comment here, if you like -B