Good week. With some things that I can not control. Such as the weather.
Comics are flying off the shelves. Even ones that I thought were duds such as She Hulk 1. It was hardly picked up the first week it came out and then suddenly sold out. Hopefully New Warriors 1 does the same thing. It has Scarlet Spiderman in it. The reason I say that is because I thought most of the Scarlet Spiderman fans would pick it up. So far they have not.
Ms Marvel 1 has been requested repeatedly. A 2nd printing of it is due out.
Superior Spiderman is still picking up steam as people want to see how the series ends.
Batman Two Face 28 had some shocking moments. It ended with a bang.
For the Walking Dead fans we have the Walking Dead Adhesive Bandage Tin in along with a restock on the Walking Dead trade paperbacks.
The most surprising news this week is the return of the 3D covers for this September by DC. Villians month was the theme last September. This September will be 5 Years later. Future versions of the characters. Will it be as a big deal as it was last time? No. This time DC should be prepared. So no shortages. Also things are more popular the first time. When they are new and “original”. Now the newness will have warn off. That said people went ape for them before and I do expect increased excitement when they come out. The 3D Joker’s Daughter comic does still go for around $20.
The second most surprising news this week for me was that artist David Finch will be taking over Wonder Woman. He is a heck of an artist. Hopefully he will not be writing it. His Dark Knight arc as the writer was underwhelming to say the least. DC seems to be working on getting their big three the best creators possible. Geoff Johns and Romita Jr on Superman, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo on Batman, and now David Finch as the artist on Wonder Woman. Great news. Though the current creative team has received “critical acclaim” on Wonder Woman I often felt Wonder Woman was crowded out of her own book. I support the business model that DC is using. Using the existing titles to grow readership. Not another renumbering of a title or a new spin off. Meaning more sales on existing titles. Getting people into the habit of picking up a non first issue. I like it!
This Saturday at noon will be Game Day for Born of the Gods MTG. It will be for the Champion mat. It will be $5 entry fee and Standard. There will be no Saturday Night Magic for March 1st. That means I get to leave at 8 Saturday. Sweet!
Superman and the Legion of Superheroes Heroclixs are now in. They look, wait for it…. SUPER!
They look great and a have a nice tip of the hat to long time Legion fans such as myself by having the chases being from the classic Great Darkness Saga storyline. Which I have the original back issues on hand along with the trade for it. Its that good of a storyline.
Had new players show up for AVX Heroclix Round II. They emailed me and called even before showing. I admit I was wondering what kind of players they were. Sore losers? Sore winners? Loud mouths? Rude? Know it alls? People that other players would not want to play with. Nope. Very good players and people. There were more players for this round than the first round that was done over a month ago and it was still done quicker. It went a lot better than the first round in every aspect. No rudeness. Just people playing to have fun.
Josh did stop in before hand to thank me for moving the game to that Saturday to fit into his schedule. Even though he had family in town so he couldn’t make it. We gave each other a bad time about it. We can give each other a bad time because we know each other to know the other doesn’t really mean it. That’s what friends are for. Though I would like Josh to show so I can beat him at Heroclixs. Josh is a big Green Lantern fan so this summer when War of Light comes out we will have a rematch.
I now have two newer groups of heroclix players. One group that skipped over the AVX and one that is here for AVX. The AVX starter did sticker shock a lot of people. Both groups are quite fun to play and very respectful. I do look forward to the day that they both show up.
Tyler won. Which he almost didn’t show for the AVX event because someone told him that it would be a two booster draft which would cost roughly $25. Luckily he stopped in Friday the day before the draft and told me that is why he might not show and I corrected him that it was a one booster draft. Then my employees informed me other people oddly enough thought it was a two booster draft also. Which is very odd since my website has stated the whole time that it is a one booster draft. I copied and pasted the text from the heroclix.com
website onto my website describing the event over a month ago and just looked at their website again and it hasn’t changed. I have learned that people like to talk a lot and there are people that bad mouth the store and/or me elsewhere. Which I have learned is actually great. People hear about the store that have never heard of it before and check it out. As some say any publicity is good publicity. But sadly speaking mistruths about things costing twice as much when they do not is indeed an effective way to get people not to buy here. I strongly encourage people to read the website. It does get updated often. I also strongly encourage everyone to simply ask myself or my employees for correct answers if in doubt. Who knows maybe people are so far ahead reading what heroclixs will be doing that some people read that the upcoming War of Light would be two boosters just like Fear Itself was and thought AVX had to be also. AVX is not due to having to buy a starter to play in the event. Ironically even though there is a lot of players online complaining about the cost of AVX it is over all cheaper than the previous Fear Itself Event and the players get better participation prizes.
Last Saturday’s AVX Round II event itself was the best I have ever hosted. All three rounds were done amazingly quick and did not feel rushed. With Wizkids giving out four prizes that are exactly the same there is no winners that finished lower than other winners that are disappointed that someone else got what they wanted. Fourth place counts the same as first prize wise. I can not stress enough the players were great. Positive attitudes. No complaining the whole time. Multiple players even thanked me for having the AVX event. Quite a surprise. No one thanked me during the first AVX event. Great time had by all.
After trying to research why the two booster rumor for AVX was started I updated The War of Light Heroclix Event on the heroclix Products and Events section of our website. It does have changes from month to month on it. With there supposedly being a high likely hood that there will be no War of Light Boosters available from suppliers for month 5 or 6 I have tried to make it work. And as it gets closer it can easily change. Heroclixs as a general rule usually run a month late. For the three years I have been open that has been the case a majority of time. Again as a fan this set is easily looking like it could be my favorite Heroclix set ever. As a retailer it may be my least favorite. Seriously I am suppose to buy extra boosters to hold on to for months before I can sell them? Though the awkward roll out of AVX will be hard to beat. War of Light will have a points system where there will be an over all winner who gained the most points over the six month event. That winner will win Nekron.
Having no Magic on Sundays and Mondays has increased my magic sales. Yes, I will say that again. Having no Magic on Sundays and Mondays has increased my Magic sales. Why is that? Less time for people to hang out and trade.
I also save money by not giving out prizes on Sundays and Mondays. Yes, those packs cost me money.
Saturday’s Heroclix game was great for the store. If I could repeat that everyday there would be a heroclix game everyday.
No Saturday Night Magic this Saturday. I am debating about just canceling it. Or have more of a Saturday Night Magic Commander League. For some reason Ben really wants Commander to continue. And for some reason I listen to him. I know the reason. He is a loyal customer. Though with warmer weather due someday soon it may be time just to let Saturday Night Magic go so I can enjoy things other than being here for Magic.
This year I need to work smarter, not harder. Time for me to do more things on the weekends. Like golf with my friends. Yeah, a comic store owner who golfs who would have thought? I want to buy a PS4 but don’t want to just waste money never playing it. Time to spend more time with my friends. Its past time I started doing more of that.
Friday Night Magic I will keep thanks to the Event tracker system that Wizard of the Coast has us use that determines prize support and prerelease levels. And they did just send me a free huge magnetic calendar/bulletin board. Plus Friday Night Magic events do bring in better sales than Saturday Night Magic events. And I just hired a new person to tend to Friday Night Magic. Hope he survives the experience!
If you are interested in playing the Star Wars roleplaying game it is played every other Tuesday starting March 11th.
Star Wars X Wing Miniatures is played every Saturday at 1. It has been requested that I start getting tournament prizes for Star Wars X Wing Miniatures. Ask and you shall receive. I have put in the request and should have tournament prizes later this year.
Tom has been talking with me about the return of Warmachine gaming to the store. Yes, more gaming! Stay tuned for more details.
This Saturday is a two Heroclix booster (yes two!) draft for Superman and the Legion of Superheroes. The prizes look pretty cool.
Did the solicitations for Marvel’s upcoming limited series Original Sin spoil a secret for the upcoming Amazing Spiderman? It hints that Doc Octopus is still in Peter Parker’s mind perhaps influencing Peter.
Our back issue bins are now stocked up with more issues of Action Comics, Fantastic Four, Superman, and more. As I have stated every week there should be more and more new back issues in the bins.
Everyone should have May 3rd down on their calendars for this years Free Comic Day. As I have stated before the comics are not free to us the comic stores which is a common misconception. Free Comic Day I look as a customer appreciation day. A day where I give back to the loyal comic fans that have support Rodman Comics. I love you guys! Go BLUE! Whoops Old School movie flashes.
Doing tax prep work. To much fun….. Though many people are spending their tax refunds here.
Next weeks Projections could be pretty short. Next week looks to be a busy week with multiple things going on. Though I have thought that before and boom. I am inspired.
Writing these up every week I try a few things.
Make it entertaining.
Include things that are useful for internet searches. Such as Comic Store, sells comics, games, Ankeny, Central Iowa, Des Moines, buy your comics at Rodman Comics, Texas, Rod is great. Of course you all already knew that.
Educate. Such as free comic day is not truly free for comic stores. Let people know what products are out and coming out. Let people know if they can read then they should be reading great comics such as Batman. The next movie we will see will be Captain America the Winter Soldier on April 5th.
Balance with positive and negative. As many people know working with people can be hard to do. Dealing with the public can be even harder. It isn’t like when a person walks through the door instead of a medal detector there could be a mental detector letting us know if a person is batcrazy or a liar detector (wouldn’t the cat that knows when a person is lying from Saga be great?) or a superjerk detector to warn us of potential problems. We just have to wing it and learn the hard way.
As hard as it may be to believe I am a pretty private person. I have learned that the average person likes to talk but the average person does not like to listen. And I learn a lot more when I am listening. Though there is a lot of assuming by people when it comes to me that turns out to be incorrect. Facebook I am only on because it made me have an account so I could have a business account on it. I truly don’t care if any one cares about what a great dinner I just had. I don’t even know how many “friends” I have on it. Though it has lasted longer than I thought it would. Anyone remember Myspace? I trim the “friends” list down from time to time. I have a few right now that I keep wondering how did they get on the list and who are they? Just like the contacts on my cell phone. I just try to keep the ones that I know will be there for me and they know I will be there for them. Yeah, I am loyal to those who are loyal to me. Dang, that part of my Italian lineage.
There you go a few sentences about myself. Don’t want to tell to much. The rumors are fun to hear. From I am filthy rich since I own this business to I am going broke keeping this place open. It’s all fun.
I wonder if DC is looking for someone to write another weekly comic for them? I get this out weekly on Thursdays which have been the target date which I have been hitting on time. Let me write a weekly New 52 of Damage. He died in the old DCU. Time for a comeback. Damage was a favorite title of mine. Though the reveal of his parents was a let down. Seriously the golden age Atom? The fans who would care knew it was stated that the Golden Age Atom couldn’t have kids so that was reversed. Another little known fact. I had a letter published in the letters page of Damage back in the day. And it isn’t the only letter to make it in to various other titles letters pages. Remember the old Wizard prize guide? A letter critical of Bill Jemas made it from me. His Marville series was one of the few comics I have read that I felt had no redeeming qualities. He was not a good writer. Maybe one day I will have a scavenger hunt for the various comics where hte letters I have written were published and the person who is the first to find them wins a No Prize or something.
Whoa, another few sentences about myself. Geesh, next I will be posting on Facebook the great meal I just had for dinner.
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