What the heck is going on? Business is booming from last time I posted the Projections newsletter. Secret Wars 2 blew out of here on the previous Wednesday. I do have more coming in next Wednesday. And I did increase the orders for Secret Wars 3. Sadly when a new title has its second issue out the next week that gives me no time to gauge how well it will do from the first issue. Meaning Secret Wars is a hit but I couldn’t adjust my numbers based on the first issue. Marvel’s last crossover Axis did the same thing. But I had left over issues because I couldn’t cut down the orders in time. And since Marvel will not do as DC does at times and let me return unsold product that causes me to lose money. Right now I am hoping the popularity of Secret Wars holds. Today Deadpool’s Secret Secret War spin off comes out. Which I already originally ordered high on thanks to it being Deadpool who just happens to have a movie coming out next year that Ryan Reynolds is promoting the heck out of. A Force I ordered less on but think sense it is one of the first spin offs to come out people will check it out. It’s the all female Avengers team. Remember this was suppose to be the big Marvel announcement on the T.V. show the View. And then the View ended up not mentioning it at all. I did get a slight chuckle reading about all the online Marvel fans posting how they wasted their time watching the View for nothing. I did under order on Master of Kung Fu 1. Why did I do that? His previous limited series sold very, very, very, and I mean very poorly. Odds are you will see the previous limited series in the Reader’s Bin for a dollar each. I do have more copies of the Master of Kung Fu Secret Wars limited series spin off coming in next week. I had no idea that Secret Wars would be such a big hit. So much so that people would pick up a comic about a character that they ignored just months ago. Secret Wars Battleworld I am a little iffy on if I ordered enough or not. The AXIS And AVX spin offs where it was mostly just fighting didn’t sell nearly as well as the main titles and I didn’t want to make the same mistake again. The Planet Hulk Secret Wars spin off should be solid. I could be eating those words by the end of the week or even the by end of today. Ultimate End Secret Wars I am very iffy on. Just feel like the Ultimate line has been beaten down to death already. I still have issues of Ultimate Cataclysm where the 616 main Galactus came to the Ultimate Universe to destroy it. I will be completely honest on Ultimate End I wanted to be safe and not sorry.
Oh, and Secret Wars is not to be spoken as a “reboot”. A Marvel writer called it a reboot and had to change the wording to “re launch”. But yet in the store variant cover issue one of Secret Wars the inside cover makes it sound like it is a reboot. Basically the comic stores each got a Secret Wars 1 variant with the inside cover having a thank you to the store for carrying Secret Wars. But it sounds like the writer of Secret Wars thinks he is rebooting the Marvel Universe.
Star Wars 5 is in today. It is still a super popular title.
Action figures, trades paperbacks, and more have seen an increase in demand.
April was a great month for comic sales nation wide. The comic market in the first quarter is nearly up 10 percent.
Wizard World Des Moines is getting closer. I am hearing that groupon is doing tickets for Wizard World now if you want to save some money on tickets. June 12, 13, and 14 is the three days Wizard World will be here for. Rodman Comics will be there. I myself will be going to Wizard World June 12th. So no Friday night Magic that night and we will be closing at 7 that night.
We will be closed on Sunday the 24th and Monday the 25th for Memorial Day weekend. What I get two days off? That should be nice. Came in this Sunday and did get a lot of work done. But I would have gotten more done had I just been closed. No cleaning the bathroom and hoping no one slips on the wet floor in case I missed telling someone the floor had just been cleaned. No trying to list product online for sale and being interrupted. Get work done in the backroom since no one would be in the front of the store. Ect. Had originally had no Magic gaming for this Saturday and Monday and I should have kept it that way. Sunday I announced no Magic gaming on Sunday and Monday during the month of June. Working on having other games on Sundays and Mondays. Dicemasters on Sundays looks like there is enough demand currently.
While talking with other store owners at the Gamma Trade show back in March I am still surprised how many gaming stores didn’t even bother with Friday Night Magic. Let alone three days of Magic. One had miniature painting for Friday night. One had D&D and was upset that D&D support was set up with the Magic online system but since he didn’t do Friday Night Magic he couldn’t get the D&D support. Wizards of the Coast just assumes everyone will want to do Friday Night Magic. To Wizards credit they did tell the person doing D&D and not Magic gaming to talk to them and they would get something worked out. Wizards of the Coast does indeed want more stores hosting and pushing Magic events and so forth. Thus the reason of if you do more Magic events you can get more From the Vaults and Modern Masters. Wizards of the Coast if you want more business from me give me back the 4 percent increase I had to eat in having your product. It is more profitable for me to sell comics by far.
And yes Jeff you were right. Magic gaming on Sundays and Mondays is too much Magic. Can’t wait to hear the “I told you so” and that Dragonfire didn’t have Magic events and I have over a decade to go to put in the time he did owning a comic store. You had it easy Jeff. People are getting to use to dealing with everything through texts or doing everything over the internet. Many people really feel entitled now. I even joke with the neighboring businesses about the food and drink thing. They don’t have anyone ever try bringing in food and drinks. And they don’t even have no food or drink signs. The various signs about no outside food and drink are ignored to often. The signs I just printed up for the heck of it apparently. Jeff I promise there are far more people that try to bring in food and drink then back when Dragonfire was open. A lot more.
Though granted I remember a few people that were “peaches” at your store. I remember the lady who came into Dragonfire dressed up as a priestess and had Doug co owner of Dragonfire, accept some egg or something. Yeah, it was um different. How Doug kept a straight face I will never know. Thankfully no one has dressed up and did anything like that at Rodman Comics.
Count down till email or phone call from Jeff saying “I told you so” 5 4 3 2…….
Organizational party. It will go down one Sunday in June. It has been awhile since the last time we have had a Rodman Comics organizational party. If you have helped before and would like to again let me know which Sunday in June works best. We of course will be closed that day to get more done. Looking for two people to work on Magic cards. Two for heroclixs. Kyle, cough cough…. Four people on comics. One person for listings on the computer. Can you survive another Organizational day at Rodman Comics?
We have an influx of new customers. Young people. Kids. Kids being told by their friends what a “cool” place Rodman Comics is. Word of mouth is powerful. Maybe thanks to Free Comic Book Day? Why don’t I know you ask? Because if I asked everyone who was new to the store how they found out about it that could be a little off putting on their first visit. If they come back and become a regular then I usually ask. Sometimes the answer is so easy. Such as “I was driving by and seen the sign saying comics.” Though I doubt any kids will be saying that.
Friday night Magic one of the kids even thanked me for having Friday Night Magic. I was surprised by that. Though one of the adults that played Sunday did thank me through Facebook for hosting Standard on Sunday.
Make no mistake I know businesses are a two way street. There has to be a reason for a person to go to a business and a reason for a business to deal with a person. Meaning I go to eat at a restaurant. If I like it I come back. I don’t show up and just drink free water and tell them I am “supporting” them by just being there. If I enjoy the place I come back and eat again. Heck I even tip. Where is my tip for hosting gaming? I don’t go back just to keep complaining or because I want freebies like prize support. When I played darts I played for fun. Now the group I played with we did have bets among ourselves but I never felt entitled for the bar to provide me with more just because I go there.
It isn’t all about me when I am going to a store. If they don’t have what I want I don’t demand they carry it. I ask. No successful business caters to every customer’s demand or request. A restaurant stop carrying a favorite desert that I liked. I didn’t flip out and ask how dare they do that to me and demand they bring it back. Cheesecake I may enjoy but I know it isn’t doing my stomach any good.
As I have stated before the prizes for gaming make some people think different. The average gamers we have is great. Just some want to bleed the store dry.
I know gamers can go elsewhere. And that is perfectly okay. It works both ways.
Gaming is a lot of luck too. I mean luck on my part. I can not control who comes in. I can only try to weed out customers that cause the store problems. Dungeons and Dragons we now have the best D.M. we have ever had. Polite, thoughtful, wants to grow the D&D group. How did that happen? Pure luck he came in. Heroclixs right now goes well. There have been times where the heroclix gaming has had people that for lack of a better term didn’t play well with others. Again when new people come in we have to learn how they are going to be. Star Wars X Wing Miniatures is doing well. We had 8 players last Saturday. Which for Star Wars X Wing is pretty good.
New people were in the store when Batman 40 came out. We limited it to one per copy to try to make sure as many people as possible could get a copy. Some of those people have returned. Diamond shorted me the one in twenty five copy variant of Batman 40. It was only going for roughly $50 when it came out. I just happend to be shorted the one comic book that I could have made the most money on. Two weeks later I received a damaged Batman 40 variant. Thanks Diamond!
The movie theater cross promotion is working.
Convergence is selling well. It is doing better than I originally thought it would. I was factoring in the creative talent involved. But after talking with the new younger generation of comic readers I have come to realize they are not that concerned about who the writer or artist is on a book. They just want to be entertained. Just like when I first got into comics. I didn’t care who the creative team was on a book I just wanted to check it out and enjoy the comic. For years the writer and artist on a book wasn’t even listed on the cover. Now I wonder if having their names on the cover is just a distraction from the cover’s artwork. A creative team doesn’t have the draw it once did.
Convergence ends this month. DC’s move from the east coast to the west will be completed. DC’s regular line will return. And there will be plenty of changes.
Rodman Comics first Warhammer gaming event finally went down on the 9th. We ended up having 5 people for it. Shout out to Luke for getting his friends involved. Monday I had a person asking about Warhammer so there could very well be at least one more try.
Dungeons & Dragons is still on at 6 on Thursdays. New D.M. new direction.
Granted as I keep saying it doesn’t matter how many people show up for a gaming event it maters how much money comes through the doors.
Another often used quote by me “I sell fantasy but I have to deal in reality.” 1000 facebook likes or 1 single like on facebook doesn’t matter to the bill collectors. 1000 gamers or 1 single gamer for a gaming event doesn’t matter to bill collectors. That bill they send me? It better get paid. That is all they care about. It’s that simple.
Modern Masters II comes out this Friday. All boxes have already been signed up for. We will be selling packs to help get the product out to as many people as possible.
Read online about another store owner talking about discounts. Here is the article link here:
For the record I have never asked any of my vendors to beat another’s price. I did do a favor for a vendor once and requested a favor in return. But it wasn’t a change in price and I didn’t even get the favor in return. That’s business for you.
Rodman Comics currently supplies a place for gamers to play Magic, Heroclixs, Star Wars X Wing, and more. To do so money needs to be made.
The best line from the article is this line: “Because there is no way I will ever be the best price on anything. It’s always cheaper somewhere.”
That is very true. I can get into a discounting war and go all the way down to having a penny sale. Everything for a penny. Rodman Comics would be crowded as can be and we would most likely be cleared out of inventory in no time. Rodman Comics would also be out of business.
What I can provide is a staff that is helpful. Decent, respectable human beings that can interact with people. A staff that knows the product. People that will be there for you. We aren’t perfect. But we try to be helpful as possible.
When we play the Avengers Assemble Heroclix draft as a heads up so the players know, there are no heroclix characters in the prize Avengers Assemble prize support. Just maps and Pym particles objects. I was quite suprised when I opened up the box of prize support for it. Depending on how many people show that day to play since it is Memorial Day weekend I may add prize support for it.
Greg, Age of Ultron is coming. June is almost here. Time to see if you can pull some more chases. Shocked the heck out of me seeing you stop in.
Archie Comics canceled its Kickstarter fund raising due to the negative reaction of the Kickstarter. Part of Archies released statement on why they were cancelling the Kickstarter.“While the response to these new titles has been amazing, the reaction to an established brand like Archie crowdfunding has not been.” I had mixed thoughts about it to start with. A part of me wondered why a long standing comic company needed to start a Kickstarter. Adam Hughes on a Betty and Veronica series? Could be cool along with the other series they announced. But why did they need to be funded by Kickstarter to start with? Because they are not as big as Marvel and DC? Okay I understand about being the little guy. That is what Rodman Comics is the little store that could. But I still have no plans to ever do a Kickstarter. The store is my responsiblity and I am the one who started it. Asking my customers to “help” out with a Kickstarter is not something I see myself ever doing.Though god forbid something bad happen and I am eating those words. If Archie Comics couldn’t afford to start new titles with that kind of talent then don’t start them.
Plus with out the Kickstarter funding they make it sound like they will just have to delay the release of the three new titles they were planing? “The three comic series are not canceled, merely delayed” $350,000 was the Kickstarter target. How delaying three comic titles saves $350,000 I do not know.
Speaking of new titles. Dear Image please slow down with the new releases. Marvel was bad enough averaging one a week. New titles Injection 1 along with Mantel 1 and Mythic 1 by local talent Phil Hester all on the same day last week is to much. A quick count of just monthly series by Image coming out for the month of July I counted 66. That is a rough quick count. When ordering they mix in the trades and the variant covers so I could be off. And it may be off due to delays from the previous months comics and comics failing to be released that month. Throwing everything and anything out to see what will stick does not help the comic market.
Seen the trailer for the upcoming new T.V. show Supergirl. It reminded me of Smallville. Not sure where all the criticism is coming from but I hope to see it. The only kicker to me is that Supergirl will be going head to head with Gotham. Gotham I did manage to see a handful of shows. One I thought was bad. One was alright. And the others I really liked. So I will end up needing to pick one to watch. Recording a show will never work. I still have unopen DVDs still such as the first Avengers movie and 300. Time is still not my friend. If I don’t see a show when it first airs odds are I never will.
Five years ago I never would have believed there would be two DC T.V. shows on at the same time.
Agents of Shield season finale hit a series low. It has already been renewed for next season so it is still has time to turn itself around. I still think having the Inhumans in it is a mistake. Bringing Agent Coulson back to life I think is also a mistake. The reason the Avengers formed and stayed a team was because of Agent Coulson’s death is really a non reason? But I can be proven wrong.
Alright a test to see who all reads this. Kyle H, Steve D, Josh S, Michael, Greg, Justin, Peter, Jacob, Andy B, Judah, Ross, Drake, Josh C, Greg, Jesse, Rob C, John O, Allen, Max, Brian W, Chris A, Tom B, Mark E, Bruce, Josh R, Chad R, Andrew, Andy S, Cole, Ryan H, and any pull list customers email me stating I read Projections and there just might be something for you.
Avengers Age of Ultron the movie is still a cash cow for Marvel. Will the upcoming Ant Man prove to be a hit?
Even more important. Will May keep being a good month for business? With Modern Masters arriving this Friday I think so. Today I will learn if Secret Wars and Covergence keeps up the high sales.
I already read Star Wars 5. Boba Fett fans will be happy. There are a few pages of artwork from the issue that I would love to own. Han’s actions were a little odd but I think he might be up to more than what he is letting on.
If I seem a little off it is because I am. The comic shipment arrived Monday. I had no idea it would be here a day early. Tuesdays is when it normally arrives and that is why there is no gaming that day. Monday apparently in my mind now was a Tuesday. I almost posted this yesterday thinking it was Wednesday. Heck, I even posted on Facebook Tuesday that the new comics were out thinking it was Wednesday. Today I keep thinking is Thursday. Aaron is going to be ticked at me Friday when I don’t show up thinking it’s Saturday. Even though odds are I will show up on Saturday to see the Heroclix group. You guys do make Heroclixs fun. 8 seems to be the magic number. 8 people showed Monday for Magic, 8 people showed for Star Wars X Wing Saturday. 8 people showed for heroclixs last time.
Two days off. Will I get over the shock?
As always hope to see you at Rodman Comics.
Next week this grumpy comic book guy talks about “No banging your head against the display case.”
Have a good Memorial Day weekend everyone!