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Projections — 1/21/2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease is done! Thankfully the weather was good and the turn out was also.  Had plenty of issues for the Prerelease. Lost power to the whole building. That makes things challenging. Luckily the power came back. Had only two Prereleases signed up for and one was on the wrong date. I was surprised that I was able to get Wizards of the Coast on the phone on a Prerelease day and get that fixed. Though did have them call me back. We were joking they would call back while I was in the bathroom. The credit card reader machine broke. A small wheel came off of it. Maybe two centimeters big it was so small. Managed to find it and was pleasantly surprised it worked again. Had more players for the noon Prerelease than any other previous noon release. Went pretty smooth player wise. Marc played and won the draft on Friday. Marc then played the Saturday midnight morning Prerelease and manage to draft Ugin, The Spirit Dragon. Marc played again at the 8 pm on and we joked how lucky he was and now he needed to one up the Urgin pull by pulling a Urgin foil card. Sure enough Marc pulled it.
The Promo Ugin, must really be rare. Only one person from all the drafts we had pulled it. It was finally pulled at the 8 o’clock Pre Release. The promo blue packs were a hit with the players. Shout out to Wizards of the Coast for sending them.
But really Wizards of the Coast Game day is on Feb 14th, Valentines day?  Just what are you trying to say about the gamers? Not that I really care about Game Day. $5 per person to hang out for over three hours. Babysitters make a better rate than that. And when the players start quitting because they lost a game and no longer have a chance to win the game mat it feels even more like babysitting. If you are a prize shark then by all means don’t come to my store. The store is set up for casual fun play. Emphasis on fun. I could care less if your the world champion of Magic and you want to the whole world to know it along with the fact you are just here for the game day play mat.  I would rather have a decent human being with good sportsmanship who has a life that just wants to play for fun playing here. You want to have fun? Then come to  Rodman Comics. That simple.
And before the prize sharks say Rod you should just have more prizes and then people will not be quitters. Yeah, its easier to spend other people’s money. For Game day have twenty boxes of Modern Masters as prizes! Just buy them offline for over $350 each and give them away. That will pack them in. Gee, that is a great idea! I can do that every week! I would lose money and be out of business but as long as those prizes were there who cares?
When Magic first came out I went to Comics Plus and played Magic. There were no prizes. It was packed. People played for gasp, fun. And it was fun. I don’t even want to know how much money I spent there over the years.
That said the birth of the internet hurt sales for brick and mortar stores. No longer could a brick and mortar store get full retail for a box of Magic cards. I started going to Dragonfire because Dragonfire was more comics focused than Comics Plus. Comics Plus had a lot of gaming. Miniatures and a wide range of games. Comics Plus also had Magic gaming on Wednesdays. The day new comics came out. The place would be so packed I would literally have to watch my step since it was so crowded with people playing on the floor.  Which I found annoying. Part of the reason there is no gaming here on Wednesdays.  Wednesdays make the store go. Comics were my main hobby. The only games I was interested in were Magic ccg, Star Trek ccg, and Star Wars ccg at the time when I started going to Dragonfire. Ironically I would start playing Magic and the other card games at Jeff’s place. One of the owners of  Dragonfire. Though I would end up dropping Magic and later dropping Star Wars. Years later when Star Trek ccg started their second edition I dropped it. I thought the cards were cheaper and the new card layout was weak. And that meant more money to spend on comics. Though when Heroclixs came out I was hooked. I still have the first years worth of Heroclixs on display at my house. People will often ask why are there three of each character? Back then a majority of the heroclix characters would be used three times. One would be a rookie, one experienced, and one veteran. What better way to use the same sculpt three times? I wish they would do it with current heroclix sets.  To often people will buy two heroclix boosters and get repeats.
Back when Magic first started it was a race to get the cards. With in days of a new Magic release they would be sold out and there would be no more available. I believe Fallen Empires was my last set. I believe Jeff and me moved on from Magic to actual gambling.
Dragonfire would even stop carrying Magic due to people buying it off the internet. I really, really don’t want to know how much I spent at Dragonfire. I shopped there for over a decade. I might have bought Jeff a car. Though never once did I ask for a discount. As much as I was at Dragonfire there were people who asked for discounts and Jeff would flat out say no but they were few and far between. I can’t go a week with out someone asking for a discount. Seriously who goes to a bar and asks for a discount? Who goes to Wal Mart and asks for a discount? When I get asked for a discount  I think not a customer. This sadly is the entitlement age.  Where a gamer can play for hours and think I owe him for his presence in my store. Not all gamers think that thank goodness.
I am so jaded with people asking for discounts that when I went to Visual Eyes to buy my first expensive pair of sunglasses when the owner offered me a discount for knowing me I told him flat out no. I told him I was so tired of people wanting discounts from me that I would not do that to him. As a fellow business owner I understand there needs to be gasp actual profit to keep a business going.I like the people at Visual Eyes and want to see the business stay around.
Also hitting me up for a discount or treating the store employees or me poorly can come back to bite you. I had a person whoes services I could have used such as a plumber but since they don’t really seem to care for the stores services I certainly didn’t use their services. I used someone elses. Like a customer gets to decide how they spend their money I get to decide how to spend the store’s money.
And if you want to do a trade walking in and ignoring the signs stating no outside food or drink  is always a deal breaker. Do people think I just printed them up for the heck of it? I am not going to get rich off selling snacks and soda. The soda I sell has lids on them so that way if they get knocked over odds are they have the lid on them and I don’t have to clean up the spill. Again people don’t walk in to bars and Wal Mart with drinks and food bought else where.
Though for the first time in the store’s history we did raise the price on soda. It went up a few cents.
Did play heroclixs at Dragonfire. But me and the person who came with me both thought the judge was let us say less than helpful. I think we played twice there.  In this day and age of handheld devices that can easily look up answers, why have judges? Back then though Wizkids required them.
And though I would never tell them in person  Greg, Josh S, Steve D, Kyle, A.J., Amy, Carson, Chance,  Drake, Ty, Ben, Michael, and all his sons are a great group to play heroclixs with. My heroclix regular gamers make it fun to host heroclixs.
The Magic regulars here are a great group also. Tom, Josh C, Bruce, Justin, Tanada, Marc, Ben F, Judah, Skylar, Ross, Andy B, you guys are the reason there still is Magic gaming. Gaming I said. Most Magic sales are made outside of gaming here. Even if the gaming were to go away as long as  Magic is still as popular as it is now we would still sell it.
As for the comic regulars? Heck, you guys are why Rodman Comics is still here. Comics are a majority of our sales. The typical regular comic reader is loyal. Meaning they shop here and will not shop anywhere else. I can count on their support. Where the average gamer who plays at stores will go where ever is giving away the most prizes that week. Business wise I think that speaks for itself. Though the people who do not play in organized play but buy gaming material do make up a good part of the business.
Wednesdays are the best sales days because new comics come out that day. Now when a new set of Magic comes out the Friday they come out is like an extra Wednesday which is great. New comics are weekly while Magic is not. Usually new sets of Magic are roughly seasonal releases. And no I do not think Magic needs new material faster.
I understand there needs to be a reason to buy from a business. Though there also needs to be a reason for a business to cater to a person.
Again our new hours are as follows. Mondays 4 to 8. Tuesdays 11 to 8 (though if your lucky you may be able to come in at 10 that day), Wednesdays 11 to 8, Thursdays 11 to 8, Fridays 11 to 8. Saturdays 11 to 8. Sundays noon to 5.
Magic players at 5:30 there will be a  Monday night draft. We will have a Commander deck as a prize for the return of Monday drafting. Friday Night Magic Drafting at 8 will still be going on. Saturday Night standard at 8 will still be on. Though come Feb we may announce moving Saturday Night to Sunday during the day to be more efficient. Meaning I don’t really want to be here till 11 at night on a Saturday anymore. Sundays at 1 we will have Modern.
If there are any issues feel free to email me Rodmancomics@aol.com. I am the only person who checks the email.  You will still see me. But by expanding the hours that doesn’t mean I want to be here more. And when the weather gets better I plan on enjoying it. Sundays and Mondays are two days I would like to enjoy away from the store. Again just because I am not here doesn’t mean I am not doing anything for the store. Like right now I am not at the store but I am typing up this issue of Projections. Sundays are my day for book keeping and bill paying for store. At home I can list items to sell online and so forth. After spending over four years working two full time jobs the goal for 2015 is to slow it down. By no means does it mean I care less about the store it means time for other priorities. Granted some of those priorities are seeing my friends more, traveling more, golfing more, and enjoying life more.  Though I work a lot I work to live not live to work. I have never seen anyone on their death bed say I wish I would have spent more time at the office. I want to enjoy life.
I have contacted some of my friends which I have hardly seen since opening the store and it looks good for weekly get together’s again. Golfing looks good for this year. The year I finally golf more is the goal. And Vegas looks pretty good since I just got done booking the flight and hotel. 2015 resolutions are looking solid.
Vegas will be for business actually. A trade show. The GAMA Trade show. One that Wizkids is listed as  being at. Sweet. I can thank them in person for the Con In Your Store program finally! Fantasy Flight Games the makers of Star Wars X Wing miniatures will be on hand. Wizards of the Coast is also listed along with other game producers. The only catch? The Saturday after the trade show is the next Magic Pre Release. Five days in Vegas flying back Friday evening to Iowa so I can work at the midnight Saturday morning prerelease might be a little much for me. The Friday show alone starts at 8 in the morning and ends at midnight. Spring break will also be that week here in Ankeny. So after four years this might be the first Pre Release I miss. I really want to go to Vegas and I really want to attend the trade show to see if I can learn anything and to meet some of the game makers. I just don’t know if I will return for the pre release or just skip the pre release or even just cancel having the pre release.  Which truthfully shouldn’t happen. It does look like I will write an article again for Bleedingcool.com about the trade show. Such as I did when I went to Diamond’s Summit last year. Decisions, decisions.
I am pumped for the trip. Meeting some people there so the evenings should be even more fun. There is tons of things to do in Vegas. Heck, I am looking forward to returning to the pin ball museum. Do feel old though. One of the people I am meeting last time we got together for a vacation it was the best vacation I had went on. But I think it was the only vacation we went on. Sad, how time flies. Though that is part of the reason I am trying to get out more and enjoy life again.
In all seriousness let me know if there are any issues. I can not be here all the time. Though I can be a good owner.
Dungeons and Dragons has now split into two groups. The new D&D is popular.
If interested D&D is played every Thursday evening at 6.
Even played Star Trek ccg Sunday. One of the rare times I have actually played any games recently. Was a lot of fun.
And of course every Wednesday is new comics.
For Free Comic Day coming up in May we were going to have legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle on hand but with his stroke he will need to recover. Again his savings has been wiped out and he is recovering. If you would like to help donate at this link: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/legendary-batman-artist-norm-breyfogle-stroke-fund/281723
I am sure any amount would help.
Skylar was nice enough to tell me he will go elsewhere for free comic day so it doesn’t cost me. Skylar received a free comic that day for saying that. I appreciate the thought. Though I do not believe that Free Comic Book Day succeeds in bringing in new customers I do truly view it as a customer appreciation day. A day I give back to all those that have supported the store.  As I told Skylar do not worry about any costs. I have already ordered the comics for Free Comic Book Day. I truly hope they find their way  to people who will appreciate them. If you shop here already I hope to see you here for Free Comic Book Day.  I will rent out the movie theater for Avengers and then open and give out comics. I do hope to have something unique also for that day. Maybe even two unique things for Free Comic Book Day.  Currently working on them. Granted there are a lot of things I am” working” on.  One I may announce next week if it is good to go. Another most likely months in the future.
Star Wars 1 is a hit. If you haven’t pick it up yet and are on the fence pick it up.
Been reading a store called Black Diamond Games blog and really wish I had discovered it years ago. Black Diamond Games has been in business for over a decade and keeps older blog posts for others to read. There is so much where I just nod my head and agree and say if only I had known. Sadly, I have learned things the old fashioned way the hard way.
If you are curious about the behind the scenes workings of a store or want more info about opening your own gaming store I suggest you check out their blog. Granted we are primarily a comic store but we do have gaming.
Wizard World Des Moines we are looking pretty good to go for. It will be the first convention we have done in awhile. If it works out well Rodman Comics will be back for it in 2016. Shout out to Ryan for working the booth for me and answering my none stop stream of questions. This delegating of assignments is pretty cool. Artist Mike Zeck is listed as attending the show. I am a big fan of his Punisher, Secret Wars, Deathstroke the Terminator, and G.I. Joe work. I would not mind having a commission from him. A Snake Eyes vs Deathstroke the Terminator with Rodman Comics in the background? Hmmmm……
Now I get to hope the weather stays nice enough for nothing to slow down the Magic shipment of new cards that are due to arrive Thursday. There was a time before where the shipment was delayed till Friday and that was a big headache. And since Rodman Comics will be open at Midnight Friday it will be tough to sell what we do not have if the cards fail to show Thursday. I understand why Wizards of the Coast requires vendors not to ship their product to far ahead of a release date. To many people would break release date and sell early.
Just got off the phone with our vendor and the shipment looks good for a Thursday arrival.
Warhammer material is now in. I would like to try hosting a game for it and seeing how it goes. If interested let me know.
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As always thanks for your time. And hope to see you at Rodman Comics!



Projections — 8/13/2014

The Bob Layton countdown. Less than 53 days till October 4th. I have gathered the various back issues we have at the store that he has worked on along with buying issues so there will be material to sell that day if you want something signed. Saturday sold a copy of Iron Man 150 to a customer to have signed by Bob. The customer read it and liked it so much he is now trying to hunt down issue 149. Part of the Doctor Doom vs Iron Man story. You are also welcomed to bring comics to have him sign. Please be reasonable though. He will also be doing sketches.
Please join us in welcoming Bob Layton for his first trip to Iowa. I hope after his first trip to Iowa he will be willing to come back some day. Also feel free to check out his website at http://www.boblayton.com/. He does commissions. Darn good ones too. I have one hanging up at the store.
On CBR’s website here is a small part of their interview with Dan Didio and Jim Lee:
On the thinking behind DC’s weekly titles: “The goal for weekly comics is very simple,” said DiDio. “It’s to bring people into stores every week. To give them a destination book. I know that I love to go to the comic shop every week, but you’re not sure what might be out or what’s not out but you’re looking for an excuse. So the weekly comics sort of give people an excuse to go in there. You know you have that book, and while you’re there you can see what else is out there and grab it. Like I said, there’s so many books out there. Nobody comes into a comic shop, at least not that I know of, that goes in and buys just one comic. They go in and they see one and they find something else and they buy a bunch. So now what we like to do is it gives them a reason to come in, buy your weekly book, and then hopefully they find the other stuff that we’re putting out that week as well.”
I agree with that. When the monthly regular Batman title comes out I know it is going to be a strong sales week. People love Batman. Comic stores need people coming into their stores and buying something. People need a reason. They want to be entertained. Put a comic out that people will come in and pick up as soon as possible. Quick cash flow also helps businesses.
Walking Dead 130 had an unexpected twist. Don’t want to spoil it for you. If you are not already reading this title you should be.
Wizkids, which is owned by NECA who makes Heroclixs continues to do all the wrong moves. After already delaying the Con In Your Store materials to arrive on August 8th we didn’t receive anything that day. Of course there is no way to directly contact Wizkids about this. Alliance who carries Wizkids products contacted me that day asking if we had received it. I of course said no. So come Monday Alliance was suppose to call and let me know what is going on. That was Friday. Monday I ended up calling in the morning. Asked if there was anymore info on the Con material. Was asked “You didn’t get yours?” Um, no we talked about this Friday. Was told they would call back later. As of 2:30 Monday I called again and left a voicemail and have been told nothing. I did get a call back at 2:40 letting me know come Wednesday they should have an answer. I only spent over a grand to be in the Con In Your Store program. My payment wasn’t delayed at all. Meaning my money was taken as soon as possible. Then days before we were originally suppose to be able to have the Con In Your Store they delayed it so the earliest a store could have the event was August 8th. August 8th gets here and I still have nothing. People contacted me wanting to know what I have received. But I have not received anything. Thankfully I did not have the Con Event on that weekend. And now the 16th is a “Surprise and Delight” Heroclix event since I had pushed back the Con In Your Store Day to then. But I still have no idea if I will receive anything by then. It is Wednesday morning as I type this up. If there is any updates today I will post them on our Facebook page.
There is no tracking number even.
The Amazing Spiderman Team base, Trinity base, Captain America Sentinel, and Shuma I am now being told Alliance doesn’t even have these on hand to send out to any of the stores that signed up for the Con In Your Store program. And they do not know when they will receive them. Shuma and the Trinity base have already been released at conventions and Shuma was available online also. The Captain America Sentinel is a repaint. The Amazing Spiderman Team base is reusing the Brother Hood of Evil’s team base. And Wizkids does not have them available yet. But they were part of the Con In Your Store Program. And when they do come out I have to pay for them.
Friday when I talked with Alliance the sales rep said he noticed I scaled back on the Galactic Guardians Heroclix coming out. I said yeah. I already spent a grand on product Wizkids couldn’t sell to get the Con In Your Store material and I still don’t even have that. Dealing with Wizkids takes up to much of my time. And as a business owner time is money.
I was hoping to show what was received for the Con In Your Store program to everyone who showed to play War of Light round III Saturday August 9th. It is very hard to hype random “surprise and delight” items that could be an old Chase like Sun Girl to a rare in demand Heroclix.
Come Wednesday I have to hope that my store wasn’t over looked and we are still receiving hopefully good heroclixs for the Con In Your Store. And that Wizkids doesn’t find out they don’t have enough to cover us if they overlooked us.
Business wise Wizkids causes more headaches than any other business that I deal with. Meaning out of all the vendors that get my money Wizkids beats them all for being a pain in the butt. From having a heroclix set where retailers had to order so much to receive prize support for the set and then on the day it releases no one received the prize support. Wizkids still stayed silent on it. Alliance who distributes their product even had on the invoice the prize support but listed as not shipped. Then we the retailers all found out that there never was any prize support. Wizkids kept silent about that little fact right up to the release date. And never did I get an apology or any word about this from Wizkids.
Will I get an apology or anything to make up for the Con In Your Store program headaches? Doubt it. Wizkids is set up that there is no direct contact with them. Everything goes through the only two vendors that carry their products, Diamond and Alliance. Wizkids is making money so they don’t care about the small businesses that sell their product.
I am tired of guessing how much War of Light material for their six month event I will receive. Their whole you better stock up because we don’t expect to have any for months 5 and 6 is another headache. I am not in the warehouse business Wizkids. Stock up your own material. Seriously having small businesses buy product that they can not sell for months is a drain on any business.
Who the heck goes out and buys a car they can not drive for 6 months?
As regular readers of this column know this isn’t the first column that I have pointed out Wizkids business practice. And quite frankly I am tired of typing about them. I know Wizkids is not going to apologize to me or anyone for this. I know they will do nothing to help right any of the problems they have caused.
So I finally slashed my heroclix orders by over half on the Galactic Guardians set due out this month. Along with future heroclix releases. I think it is a good business move regardless. The movie version of the Galactic Guardians just came out. And now the Marvel Comics Galactic Guardians are coming out. War of Light round three was this month. The Con In Your Store program is suppose to happen soon. To many heroclix events at once.
And if the new set of Galactic Guardians is popular I will just order more after selling out of my original order. I do not see a sell out of the product like what happened with the Deadpool set. Though from what I understand the popular zombie chase heroclixs will be back for this set. The team bases for the zombies are in the prize support.
Wizkids looking like they do not know what they are doing just makes me look like I don’t know what I am doing when it comes to dealing with their products. Wizkids uses up to much of my time. Time that can be better used promoting comic sales and other products whose companies seem to want to worth with me even more.
Magic From The Vault: Annihilation is due out this month. Next month will be another prerelease for Magic for the newest set.
The State Fair is going on. That always brings in out of town people to the store. It always amazes me how people who come from areas with no comic stores really like the store.
Heck for War of Light Heroclixs we had one person drive two hours to play since he had so much fun last time he was here.
Great Saturday with the Magic Game day, War of Light Heroclixs, and all the out of town customers. Other than wondering what was going on with the Wizkids Con In the Store program…..
Been more people asking about Star Wars X Wing Miniatures gaming. I hear you all. Just need things to slow down first. Right now it is looking like maybe in the middle of October for the return of Saturday gaming for X Wing.
The whole does gaming have a positive effect on sales question? When I went to Vegas for the Summitt and talked with follow store owners the ones that seem to be doing the best were the ones that didn’t have games going on in their stores. There were ones who told me their business improved once they stopped having games.
Getting a group of people together gaming can at times lead to peope getting hurt feelings and not coming back due to another fellow player. Or a rude person arriving that no one wants to deal with. Or people with no morals. Prizesharks that want the prize so badly they may tell others they hate the store but they have to have the prize. During the War of Light I had to tell a person to play his own game and quit bothering other peoples games. I even told him he already cost me two heroclix players. He didn’t even seem surprised.
Heck, two gamers in the past wanted to be on my emailer list. Just a few problems. I hadn’t done a customer emailer for  months and was putting the news letter on the website and I had never told them one ever existed. They wanted to see if I would be foolish enough to email a copy without blind carbon copying my other customers on the list. They wanted to give a copy of my customers email address to help out another gamer at a different location.
Andy helped get the Magic gaming in better shape. He pointed out having free Magic events was a drain on the store. I had another person claim it was “unfair” to people if I didn’t let people play for free. How many businesses encourage people to hang out for free?
When heroclix gaming first started and I started getting official heroclix prizes out for free that was a big mistake. People would show up for the free events. I remember one person being so impressed that I had over twenty heroclix players and I ended up telling him yeah but I would have made more money working at Burger King. I remember trying to talk one of them into just having Heroclixs at his house since I didn’t make any sense for me to host heroclixs for them. Drafts and events where people had to buy something were the complete opposite of free nights . I would hear oh I don’t have any money. But after the free heroclixs and prizes were awarded they would go out for pizza and beer. Which we all know doesn’t cost anything. Steve pointed out what Andy was telling me about Magic. You need to make money.
Being nice and help full and letting people hang out for free just told some people if he is dumb enough to let us hang out for free let’s do it.
Free events were done away with. And money wise gaming was doing a lot better.
I understand the idea of having gaming is to get people into a store. It is one advantage that stores with a physical location have over internet businesses.
It is like the store I told about after I went to Kansas City awhile back. A group of Magic players loved playing at their local store. Then they decided to get all their boxes of at the time new Magic material online. And they didn’t tell the owner that they didn’t plan on buying any from him. That owner had to liquidate what he thought they were going to buy by selling it at a lost to another store who sells gaming material but doesn’t hold any games. Who told me this story. That store did go out of business later on. Now the people that played there stop in the store that doesn’t run gaming events and just sells the product  and talk about how they miss the old store that they used to play at.
For whatever reason some gamers think of gaming at a store as an entitlement. Not all. Just some. It is like some have been taught that.
I understand it has to worth it for a person to come here. The flip side is it also has to be worth it for the business to host gaming.
Just like Star Wars X Wing Miniatures. Had a record sales day selling them after not having any Star Wars X Wing Miniature gaming for months. It is part of the reason I am hesitant to have it come back. It was doing fine till I bought prize support for it and had to listen to whining about the prize support not being good enough. Even though the Star Wars X Wing Miniature gaming was still free. It went from playing and getting nothing to still playing and getting something and still not paying anything. But the thank you for buying prize support was whining. Then a person who whined about the prize support had enough balls to tell me to order different prize support. Hell no.
If I had never ordered prize support people would still have been playing for fun. It is like prize support teaches some players they are owed it.
When I go to a bar I don’t demand a free shot glass because they are lucky enough that I showed up. I should try that sometime and have someone record it and put the results on YouTube.
The new D&D is out. Sold more D&D material than I ever did when there was D&D gaming here.
I am sure if the Con In Your Store program wasn’t such a pain I would be in a better mood about gaming at the store.
There are a lot of gamers that do treat the store as a typical business and that is good. There are also very respectful gamers. And you should easily know who you are. Odds are I have sat down and even played with you. I enjoy the gaming. But as I have stated before the owners of the building I lease from don’t care how many gamers play, how many Facebook likes the store has, or how many positive online reviews the store has. They just care that the lease check clears.
I may just to easy going of a person. An easy mark for some people, or so they think. A more business attitude and/or look at the store I may need to develop. Time for me to work on becoming the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons.
And then we had a birthday heroclix game celebration at the store Tuesday . And Matthew’s look afterwards is priceless. Makes it all worth wild. His picture is up on our Facebook page.
The website is growing. I have even had to do some updates to it already since some items sold already. Yes, I am surprised. I think I only had roughly 40 items on it last week. I really dropped the ball by not having the website check out working a lot sooner. The good news is I have added more items to the marketplace and hope to add more every week.
Still on Facebook. Get updates and news and funny stuff by “liking” us on Facebook.
Everything for Bob Layton’s arrival to Rodman Comics is good to go. The hotel is paid. The tickets are paid. Thunderbirds are go!
Hope to see you at Rodman Comics. Well unless you are a jerk. Unless you have money. Naw, just joking. No jerks please, and no banging your head on the display case please.

Projections — 8/6/2014

It has started. The countdown till Bob Layton arrives at Rodman Comics. Spread the word. Let your follow comic fan know he will be here October 4th for the 4th Anniversary of the store. Just a few more months.
So far responses has been very positive. People are shocked I managed to get a comic legend to do a signing here. He will also be doing sketches.
Again feel free to check out his website to learn more about Bob Layton. http://www.boblayton.com/
Also feel free to have him do a commission for yourself. His rates are on his website.
Had one of my employees start gathering comics here that Bob has done work on. We have older material to newer comics on hand of various work Bob has done. I did not know he had worked on Rom Spaceknight and a Marvel Star Wars cover before.
I am thinking about having a commission or two done by Mr Layton. One idea is Rom vs Iron Man. Or the Rodman mascot trying to escape Iron Man with a black book marked Tony Stark’s on it. Feel free to weigh in on which one you think would be cooler.
And yes there will be cake from the same place that made it last year for the anniversary. It was darn good cake.
August 9th at noon with be Gameday for Magic the Gathering. Who will win the game mat?
After reading about the former Green Power Ranger coming to Wizard World Des Moines next year my hopes for a high profile, huge, exciting comic con, coming to Des Moines took a hit. Reality is settling in. Seriously the former Green Power Ranger? So far the non comic pros announced are bigger than the comic pros that have been announced. I like Shatner and all. After all Kirk was the best dang Captain of any Enterprise. It just is my hope that when Wizard World has its first show in Des Moines at least there is one big comic pro announced. If I go to the Des Moines Wizard World and pay $80 to get Shatner’s autograph and that is the highlight of my time there I will be dissappointed. Truthfully I have already seen Shatner years ago in Des Moines. Yes, over a decade ago.
There is plenty of time till next July when Wizard World arrives though so there is still hope. And who knows maybe Rodman Comics will be there. It has been years since we have had a table at a comic con. It just needs to be worth the store’s time.
Marvel has announced their plans for new Star Wars comics. I am sure the last thing Marvel wants to hear is “When Dark Horse published Star Wars it was better.” So it should be interesting.
Heroclix War of Light month 3 is on like Donkey Kong Saturday August 9th. And of course August 16th is the new date for the Con In Your Store event. As of typing this I am told Alliance has still not received the material for the Con In Your Store event. I am not suprised. August 23rd is a draft for the new Marvel Comics based Guardians of the Galaxy set. If it doesn’t get delayed. Apparently Wizkids at this point is not sure if the new Guardians set will be delayed by only a few days or not. Though my Diamond Comics invoice shows they are arriving next week. Big month for Heroclix.
Finally the market place on our website is working and live. It was cursed with people making it worse than it was before they started working on it. Feel free to check it out to sample some of the products we carry. I will be trying to update it when time permits. Meaning it will slowly grow. If you need something shipped to you shipping is free.
Been working on the comic order for October. Wow, Marvel has really went over board with the variants. They are spoofing DC’s various 75th Anniversary covers with Deadpool 75th Anniversary variants for various titles of theirs. Even though Deadpool has not been around half that long. The covers might even be funny. Heck, if I know though since Marvel didn’t provide any images of those covers.
Here are some examples of what Marvel is doing.
For the new Deathlok series for every 50 copies I order I may get one Crain variant cover.
Exceed 150% of orders for Original Sins #1 with orders for Deathlok #1 reg cover, and the Scotty Young variant order all you want.
You may order 1 Hasbro variant for every 15 regular covers you purchase. What does the Hasbro cover look like? No idea since there is no image provided.
You may order 1 Design variant for every 25 regular you purchase. Again no image is provided. Is “Design” the name of an artist or Marvel just thought up “Design variant” and thought it sounded cool?
Exceed 150% of orders for Original Sins #1 with orders for Deathlok #1 regular cover, and order this blank variant all you want.
I will be totally honest and admit I do not see 50 copies of Deathlok selling. Let alone over 150 percent of what Original Sin 1 sold. Original Sin was Marvel’s summer event. Eyeballs were given away promoting it. Deathlok has a small role in the T.V. series Agents of Shield. It isn’t going to sell better than Original Sin 1. So ordering more would be foolish.
The Scotty Young variants are popular. Usually it is much easier to order them. But this time Marvel is making them too expensive to get. The Scotty Young variants I sell for cover price. If I suddenly charge more it would be off putting to people who didn’t know of the changes to order them. If I was in the customer’s shoes I would think the owner was suddenly over charging and would be turned off to shopping there.
Guardians 3000 will be launching in October. Here are the order breakdowns for that title’s variants.
You may order 1 Alex Ross variant for every 100 regular you purchase.
Exceed 150% of orders for Guardians of Galaxy #15 with orders for Guardians 3000 #1 reg cvr, and this Scotty Young variant to order all you want. No image of the cover included.
You may order 1 Sandoval variant for every 25 regular you purchase. Who the heck is Sandoval? Again no image provided.
You may order 1 Deadpool 75th variant for every 25 regular you purchase. Again no image provided.
25 copies is manageable. I am a big fan of Alex Ross but 100 copies just so I can order 1 variant of his? Guardians 3000 is just to much of a long shot. And again the more than double what your orders were of Guardians of the Galaxy 15 so you may order Scotty Young variants just makes me roll my eyes.
These are just two examples of what Marvel is doing for October. Here is part of what Marvel is doing for the new Thor.
Thor 1 has a one in 300 sketch cover due out in October.
Exceed 150% of orders for Original Sins 5 with orders for Thor #1 reg cvr, and this Scotty Young variant to order all you want. No image of the cover included.
Thor also has six more variant covers coming out for the first issue.
But hey if I order 300 copies of Thor I qualify for all the other variants. Groan.
Exceed 200% of orders for Original Sin #2 with orders for Avengers & X-Men Axis #1 reg cvr, and order this variant all you want. Must opt in to party.
I can safely say I will not be ordering any of the Deadpool Party variants tied into AXIS. Basically order over triple what I ordered for Original Sin 2? Heck, no. Original Sin isn’t even finished yet and it has really cooled off sales wise. Less than favorable liked Infinity and now Original Sin has really cooled down readers excitment for Marvel company wide crossovers. No one has said anything favorably about yet the next Marvel crossover AXIS. We really don’t know what it is about yet. Other than another “Everything changes!”, yet again.
Marvel you make all these comics non returnable. Provide no images of the majority of variants you have coming out in October. It’s like you hope the retailers are drunk while ordering and bankrupt themselves over ordering. Who cares as long as Marvel makes a buck? Is that the idea?
There is an Original Sin Annual coming out in October? Why?
DC has lots of Monster variants for the month which fits since they will release in October just in time for Halloween. The difference is the Monster variants I can order what ever amount I want and there are no hoops to jump through. It doesn’t mean DC has some different variants where so many have to be order to qualify for. They just are going that route far less. And that is why Marvel beats them sales wise.
Marvel worries me with their constant re launches and flooding of the market with variants. To me it feels like a flimsy way of holding sales. It is the 90s all over again is what I am saying.
Comic that came out last week that you should have read is Justice League 32. Sounds like some big problems for the world’s greatest superheroes.
This week sees the return of Superior Spiderman’s title. Issue 32 is on the stands.
We went and seen the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I like it. Two thumbs up.
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