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The title almost started to sound like an energizer bunny commercial, but it has nothing to do with batteries. I thought I would get in here and just drop a quick entry that the Comic Book store has been officially open for 60 days. (since the grand opening)
The crash register will show something different though, since we did a ‘soft’ open 10 days before, but what the heck.
The place is really filling up too, the tables that are set aside for in-store gaming are now occupied on Wednesday’s (ok, that is a given since it is ‘new comics day’, Thursday’s for Heroclix and Friday’ for Friday Night Magic!!
How cool is this?
In the latest issue of Ultimate Spider-Man. The bad guys are driving a Hummer (black) SUT! Well, okay.. it isn’t ‘mine’ , but hey, still cool.
In about a week, I am going to need a massage, epson salt for the bath and therapy.. (laugh)
Tomorrow, I am starting the first day of my new life as the owner and operator of a Comic Book store.
I have been posting progress pictures on my flickr account, so go check them out.
Tonight, I just wrapped up some cricital items that are a must for a comic book store of today and I think I am ready to go to the store today and turn on the “Open Sign”. For the past month, there has been a ton of man hours poured into reverting this space from the former travel agency into the family fun loving comic book store.
Tonight when I left, the store looked to naked.. as I took down the butcher paper that has been up since early July.
So… wish me luck!!
About Twenty Two years back, I worked for a large comic books chain in California. I honestly think a big part of what I know/don’t know about comics I learned this whole new side of the world in regards to comics. I realized that it wasn’t just paper with pretty pictures on them.
You learn a lot about comics on that side of the counter, and I don’t mean like in what issue Hulk hit that one guy with an entire train (although you do pick up on alot of the cool stuff). You learn about the readers, you learn about the distribution, and most of all, you learn about how much hard work it is to actually run a good store. Like, the mystery of why so many comic shops look and smell like dungeons. (grin)
Comics retailing ain’t easy; it’s a calling. The ones who do it well are a rarity for a reason and I respect the hell out of them. It demands a drive and dedication and talent that come in short supply. But when the stars align there’s nothing that makes me happier than a great comic book store. Wherever they are and whomever they’re run by, a great store is the difference between a browser and a reader, between a tourist and a graser.
A store is a store, and its customers are transitory; a great store fosters readers for life.
Comics are a business built on the seven-day sales cycle. Some stores flush product off their shelves like expired milk every seven days; others, the great ones, use that as a core to build on. It’s not easy, and it’s not cheap, and every time I go in a shop that’s clearly in it to win it, I’m compelled to spend money. (damn you!!)
If I could, at a moments notice I would want to go back to 1984 and take pride if bagging and boarding.
I finally got around to putting out on display a couple of Marvel Diorama and show also the comic books that they are modeled after too, check them out: