Quick recap with the holidays coming up. This Thanksgiving weekend there will be no Magic Saturday and Sunday. Time to be thankful with your family. Though there will be Friday Night Magic!
And as stated before. Great gifts are on hand for loved ones and friends and even those that you don’t really want to get a gift but have to.
Comics, statues, action figures, cards, heroclixs, games, and more all available here at Rodman Comics.
For a sample of what we have on hand click on our shop tab here on the website and check out the various sections for what we have to offer.
November 26th- Tuesday at 6 the new Star Wars rpg starts.
November 29th- Friday Night Magic draft.
November 30th- Saturday at 4 New Hobbit Heroclixs. The Desolation of Smaug are in! 200 point counter top booster draft from 4 counter top boosters.
December 1st- Sunday at 1.The Fear is over! AvsX is here! Which side will you be on? The Avengers or the X Men? You will pick either the Avenger pack or X Men pack. Supplies are limited. Who will win round one? Yes, this will be on Sunday at 1.
The new Iron Man Heroclix set is in. And instead of the chases in the set being Hulkbuster Iron Man, Stealth Armor Iron Man, Space Armor Iron Man, and so forth they are based on past variant covers. And the chases are Viking Iron Man, Iron Engine Iron Man, Iron Pharaoh, and so forth. Not exactly what the average heroclix player or collector was hoping for. If you are an Alpha Flight fan this set is for you.
The next set for Heroclixs should be in February, Superman and the Legion of Superheroes.
Fear itself is now over. An even amount of people showed to play so I did not get to take on Josh sadly. I used to play quite often during Magic and Heroclixs but due to the increase in business I have cut back to get things taken care of. I had an employee working Sunday while I was here just so I could throw down with Josh.
AvX this Sunday should be interesting. The next one is not till Feb. The rules are simple. To play you need to have an AvX starter pack that you bought from here. AvX round two will include the AvX starter pack and one regular booster of your choice. That will apply to every AvX game after December. The AvX event is to last four times. Rumors of a “War of Light” next.
There are people who ask other customers if they can buy boosters from other stores and play here. Yeah, that is very tacky to say the least. It happens during Magic also.
And of course the new set of Magic is due out in February.
Are the rights to Superman finally settled? The heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster have had a long legal battle over the Superman rights. The latest court ruling went in Time Warner/DC Comics favor. Which I felt it should. A deal had already been reached. In 1992 a deal agreed by both sides was the Shuster estate relinquished their claims of Superman for more than $600,000 and other benefits. Shuster’s debts were paid for in the deal also following his death in 1992. His sister and brother received a $25,000 annual pension. To agree to something and then years later decide the deal is off is just wrong.
If Superman had been canceled and never used again no one would have cared. But he keeps making money. It is amazing how properties such as Battling Pope are never fought over but then the same creative team will fight over the Walking Dead over money when it makes lots of money.
Shuster’s brother and sister received money for something they had no hand in creating.
A deal was reached. People received money. And then greed come into play. Poor Spectre and Slam Bradley. Siegel had a hand in creating the two characters. They are not money makers so no big legal battle over them.
Is the legal system slow? Very, it shouldn’t take years to get legal matters resolved.
Has big companies shafted their creators? Yes, Stan Lee had to go to court over since Marvel had an agreement years ago that he would get money if any of the Marvel characters he helped create were in movies. This was before Marvel had hit after hit with their characters on the big screen. Marvel didn’t want to pay out what they agreed to Stan Lee so off to court they had to go.
Marvel’s latest crossover Infinity 6 comes out this Wednesday. The fight with the builders is over and now the Avengers have returned to earth to deal with Thanos!
To those who wonder if comics can be an investment then pick up Unity 1 by Valiant. They claim it will never be reprinted. If you are a current fan of Valiant books then this book is for you. If you have not read any current Valiant titles then according to people who picked it up you will be a little lost to what is going on since it is written for people currently already picking up the book. Which is too bad. It is also returnable meaning unsold copies can be sent back but will be destroyed. Back in its hay day Valiant was a heck of an investment.
As I have stated before we try to be different at Rodman Comics. Pull boxes are unique. But after holding on to material that was ordered for a person with a pull box and then having that person go missing, or decide a month later they don’t want it, or even they bought it elsewhere even though it is on their pull list. It has become to much of an issue.
A typical comic customer walks in every week and picks up what they want for comics. Which works great. Then some customers become a pull box customer and their weekly trips to the store become bi weekly to monthly to never. And never do any call to cancel their pull boxes. And only a few return calls about their untouched pull boxes.
It has come to the point where I am not going to have any new pull boxes for new customers.
Layaway might work for big chains but I do not see them as a good thing for small businesses. When I was a customer at Dragonfire Comics I picked up everything that was on my pull list. But I too went from weekly walk in visits to well I can get them next week. Though even when I lost my job I picked up everything in my pull box and then canceled it because to me it was the responsible thing to do.
Now some people treat the pull boxes as an entitlement. They think “I spend money here so it should be alright if I stick you with product.” One person told me oh just put it all back on the shelf that way you can sell it. It is like he didn’t think I already ordered what I can sell and the month and a half old comics would just all magically sell.
As an accountant crunching numbers it makes sense to quit taking a risk with pull boxes. As I stated before Jeff the former owner of Dragonfire wishes he had never started having pull boxes. He was at Dragonfire for over a decade before deciding to move. I do listen to him. Had he not moved and Dragonfire not closed I most likely never would have opened my store.
I felt Dragonfire closing left a void. A place were good people get good customer service. Pretty simple right?
I ran into a former pull customer of Dragonfire after they closed. I remember the last owner of Dragonfire saying he was trying to get a hold of the person since they were a customer for years and suddenly they weren’t coming in and stuck them with months worth of material. They closed and never heard back from the person. When I ran into the long time former customer I asked the person what happened. He laughed and said he just didn’t feel like getting comics anymore and joked he most likely helped put them out of business. I didn’t find it funny then and this was before I opened up Rodman Comics. For years Dragon Fire went out of their way to help him find back issues and give him great customer service. All those years counted as nothing to the guy. And to cost someone money because they can’t be bothered to return a phone call is rude to say the least.
That same person did actually shop at my store when I first opened. But it didn’t last long. And I never opened a pull box for him. I know hard to believe. I don’t know if he forgot running into me and me talking to him but I remembered. He didn’t get very good customer service from me. I was quite alright with not seeing him again.
As stated in previous Projections I have learned the more standards that are applied at the store the more it actually makes. My anything goes altitude when I first opened was a mistake.
Be good to me and I will be good to you.
Rodman Comics is for comic fans and people who want to have a fun time.
To everyone that does have a pull box and makes a real effort to come in and take care of them I thank you and the pull boxes are still open to you. Hopefully the “extra” that went to you and the work we do here continues to make it worth your time shopping here.
And I am thankful for your business.
As stated as before Christmas is coming. Find that great gift for the great family member or great friend here at Rodman Comics.
Feel free to check us out on Facebook and check out the Batman image from DC Comics that has clues on the upcoming storylines for Batman. It is the same artwork being featured in this months DC comics. A girl in purple? The return of Spoiler? Gordon in handcuffs? The return of the first Batwing?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!