Posted by: Brian Hibbs on July 3, 2015
(Oddly, this was supposed to post 2 weeks ago, gr) We’re almost ready to launch the Graphic-Novel-of-the-Month club, so here’s your latest news! STATUS UPDATES We’re super-excited to tell you that the adult club has 206 members signed up – which means we only need 128 more members in order to hit our funding goal of 334 members. Minimum Wage raised in San Francisco to $12.25 on May 1st, but thanks to our membership, as of July 1st we’re now not paying any staff member less than $13.50 per hour! So thank you very much for that! After we achieve our goal, every 25 members over and above that we gain will yield a 25 cents per… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 3, 2015
This is probably not a thing that we’re going to post publicly every month (at least not where it is currently hosted, which only allows 3 hours of upload for no ongoing monthly payment), but I thought as a value-add to my comics consulting side business (www.comixconsulting.com) that maybe we’d try to record one of our ordering meetings and see who might be interested in buying a monthly subscription to such a thing. Then the staff said “just make it public”, so here it is. It isn’t really a “podcast”, in that we’re not recording in front of a mic, there’s no production or editing or anything. Just a (fairly) straight recording of one of our monthly ordering meetings. … Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 10, 2015
Announcing the Kids’ Graphic Novel Of The Month Club! www.graphicnovelclub.com/kids Comics are going through an incredible renaissance at the moment, with more astonishing tales being produced than the average person could possibly hope to keep up on. One of the most explosive areas of growth is comics aimed at kids! Kids love comics – our 26 years of running a comic book store can attest to that. But parents usually don’t know how or where to start. Parents want books that they can trust, so they usually fall back upon the same few characters and licenses that they see in other media, not knowing or having the time to figure out which are the truly special and thoughtful books with… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on May 9, 2015
I know that I am just about the worst owner of a review site, ever, but I honestly, genuinely have a solid plan to get back to regular reviewing once I get all of this Graphic Novel of the Month Club stuff (www.graphicnovelclub.com) squared away, that I think you’re going to like a lot. I just want to recap what is likely the craziest seven days I have spent on the earth: Last Friday morning, on May first, just inches past midnight, I took a major header when getting off the bus, requiring 10 stitches in my head, and five on my hand. I’m fine, but wow. This week, I have been featured in BOTH The National Review (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417763/when-minimum-wage-hikes-hit-san-francisco-comic-book-store-ian-tuttle) as… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on April 5, 2015
HELP KEEP COMIX EXPERIENCE ALIVE! San Francisco is about to raise minimum wage to the nation’s highest at $15/hour over the next three years – a 43% hike. While we at Comix Experience absolutely support a living wage, this unprecedented increase will put a huge pressure on small businesses like ours. To put it into raw numbers, given our current staffing (and we run very tight), we will soon have to generate an additional $80,000 a year in sales just to meet the rise. Absorbing that kind of wage hike on our single biggest business cost (our talented people) is going to be a challenge. Historical rates of growth and the nature of selling comics (what we sell… Read More…
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on March 20, 2015
I am the worst self-promter ever, as I am almost 24 hours behind telling you this! http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/tilting-at-windmills-chaos-in-the-multiverse Always interested in your thoughts… -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on March 18, 2015
I won’t be linking to this each and every week (go ahead and subscribe on the page there!), but, since I lost last week’s due to User Error (mine!), I figured I would remind you this is a weekly thing. Should be considerably more smooth this week…. Praise or brickbats, all is welcome! -B
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on March 4, 2015
New low-tech web series from Comix Experience Outpost — Watch it! Like it! Subscribe! It is the first one, and no one had the slightest idea of what we’re doing, but I think it has a certain rough charm. In the next month or so we’re also planning to add a companion show with the staff from the main store. Embedded below, too, if I am doing this internet stuff right.
Posted by: Brian Hibbs on February 1, 2015
http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2015/02/borderlands-books-to-close-in-march.html Aw, lame. Borderlands is a swell store. What gets me the most is they’re planning to shut down as a result of the new $15 minimum wage law, but they would otherwise be a going concern — I, too, am super concerned about this law, as it radically scales up our cost of doing business is a way that really does little for us. Like Borderlands, we sell products with a SRP printed right on the cover and we can’t “raise prices” in any significant way to cover increased expenses. Going from $10.74/hr in 2013 to $15/hr in 2018 is a massive increase in a very short time! The thing is, a higher minimum wage is unlikely to sell… Read More…
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…