Posted by: Brian Hibbs on June 22, 2007
In lieu of a review today – Writing Onomatopea and another dental visit (I can eat again!) this week has kind of killed any chance for me to write about the various Spider-Man books today like I wanted to – I’m going to point out that Hibbs has a new Tilting At Windmills up at Newsarama today, about this very store:
“I opened Comix Experience in 1989, when I was 21 years old, and I’ve seen the market change a whole lot in the meantime. I still have a copy of my first Diamond order form, all of 32 pages long in 14-point type, while now the order form (not Previews, but the order form) is usually over 130 pages in something like 8-point type.
“There were less in-print graphic novels back then than how many that come out in a typical week today. You could buy an entire month’s output of X-Men or Batman family comics, and still have plenty of change left over from a five-dollar bill.
“So, yeah, a different world.
“There was a time where it was not only easy to keep track of everything by pen and paper, it was actually probably easier that way – there weren’t that many SKUs, most books were ongoing, not minis or one-shots or whatever, so why not have a streamlined data system?
“But, things change.
“I’m going to be making the move to a Point-Of-Sale (POS) system this summer, because we’ve reached the tipping point to where it is no longer practical to have a diverse and wide-ranging stock, and not be computerized. Honestly, I should have made the move a year ago, but I thought I could still handle it.”
More in the link, as they say.