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Projections — 4/15/2015

Less than 17 days till May 2nd! What is the big event for May 2nd? It is the Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing fight! Yes, but not the event I am talking about. May 2nd is free comic book day. The day you get to go to comic stores and get free comics. Comics that we buy from Diamond Comics to give away. Thanks Diamond!
Bob’s Burgers, Bongo Comic Free For All (the Simpsons), Boom Studios 10th Anniversary FCBD Special, Dark Circle Comics, Fight Club, DC Comics Divergence, DC Comics Divergence variant with the Rodman Comics logo, Doctor Who, Perfect Square Presents Pokemon, Savage Dragon Legacy, Secret Wars 0, Spongebob Freestyle Funnies, Transformers Robots in Disquise, 2000 AD Special (Judge Dredd), Avengers 1, And then Emily was Gone, Bodie Troll and Friends, Captain Canuk, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Defend Comics, Comics Festival, Dark Horse All Ages Avatar PVZ Bandette, Grim Fairy Tales Alice in Wonderland, Graphix Spotlight Cleopatra in Space, Gronk and Friends, Hatter M Love of Wonder,Hip Hop 3 in 1 Featuring Cosplayers (Mature Readers),Ice Bayou Blackout, Lady Justice, Legendary Comics Sampler, March Grand Prix, Mercury Heat, Motorcycle Samurai, Overstreet Comicbook Marketplace, Phantom Special, Rabbids, Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Man unite prelude, Chakra the invincible Steampunk Goldilocks, Street Fighter Combo, Stuff of Legends Call to Arms, Supermutant Magic Academy, Tales of Honor, Teen Titans Scooby Doo Team Up, Terrible Lizard, the Tick, TMNT prelude to vengence, Valiant 25th special, JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure and Yu Gi Oh, Worlds of Aspen, and Jurassic Strike Force 5 One Shot.
Of course my personal favorite, the Rodman Comics variant cover of DC’s Divergence! I did read DC’s Divergence. It is very good. Batman fans will be shocked (if they haven’t already read the online spoilers), Superman fans also will be shocked (again if they haven’t already read the online spoilers), and Justice League and Crisis on Infinite Earth fans will be in heaven. The upcoming Justice League story arc of the Darkseid Anti Monitor War looks sweet. And best of all it is free to you.
All due out for Free Comic Book Day. I bought a ton of them to give away. Will it be enough?
Aaron will also be on hand May 2nd to help me out. This will be the first Free Comic Book Day where I have had another employee on hand. Usually I don’t to cut down on the cost of having Free Comic Book Day. Buying a lot of comics to give away adds up. This year though I want there to be someone else on hand to help customers and hopefully help get new people into comics. Not just picking up freebies and never be seen again. Or not seen again untill next year for 2016 Free Comic Book Day. After Free Comic Book Day is done this year and some time has gone by I can evaluate if and by how much Free Comic Book Day and the various promotions worked.  The previous years of Free Comic Book Day the first hour is always the busiest. It is part of why I wait till 11 to open. All the people that have to have their freebies as soon as possible will have hit up other stores. Lessening the crazy that is Free Comic Book Day. Though there are people that go to every comic store they can to pick up freebies. Even if they already have the exact same issues. One year I had a person here picking up everything they could claiming this was their first stop for free comic book day and then I seen in their back seat of their car  the exact same comics and heroclix for Free Comic Book Day had spilled out of the sack across their back seat. Meaning they had already gone elsewhere but wanted to get multiples of the freebies.
Costumes will be encouraged on Free Comic Book Day! Prizes if I like them enough!
Yes, we do run Free Comic Book Day differently than other stores. Which seems to ruffle some people feathers. Basically why can’t I just walk in get a bunch of free comics quickly and leave? If a person can’t spend a few minutes in the store for free material so be it.
Aaron, good luck and hope you survive the experience. Seeing the Avengers movie before hand should put you in a good mood at least.  You can always brag about the mid credit scene sense I will have to leave the theater beforehand to get here and ready for Free Comic Book Day.
I have already been asked if we are doing any sales for Free Comic Book Day to which I usually reply I am already giving out over a thousand of dollars of free comics that I bought for that day. That is a heck of a sale. Not unsold back issue stock to give away on Free Comic Book Day but actuall Free Comic Book Day comics to give away.
May 1st the newest Avengers movie will be out. Age of Ultron. I have rented out the theater Saturday morning before opening for Free Comic Day for a private showing for the customers of Rodman Comics.
Seeing way to much of the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron. I have already started figured out everything about the movie. I am going to see it so no need to keep hammering me with previews of it. And yes I am trying to avoid any coverage of it.
Did see the newest Star Wars teaser. Haven’t seen to much of the upcoming Star Wars movie. From what I have seen I like. My only complaint is shouldn’t there be more new different ships? X Wings and Tie Fighters are cool and all but its thirty years later show me something that is cool and new.
Speaking of Star Wars ol’ Lando Calrissian is receiving his own limited series, launching in July. It takes place for the events in the Empire Strikes Back.
I am already getting tons of grief about their being an actually coupon for a 20 percent discount on any comic or graphic novel. Rodman Comics doing discounts? A sign of the end of times! No, I am not a believer in discounts.
For instance say we did do 20 percent off all the time. A person who is a big Superman fan gets all his Superman comics for 20 percent off. That same Superman fan isn’t all the sudden going to go oh I saved 20 percent I should buy something else. He bought what he normally would and even though the comics are preprinted with a price we sold them to him for less. I just lost 20 percent. My costs to buy the Superman material that was just sold to the person stayed the same. The cost to have the Superman material shipped to me stayed the same. All my expenses stayed the same but I just lost 20 percent on that sale. Now take that 20 percent to every customer and I just lost 20 percent of my sales for the whole year.
As I stated before when I was at Dragonfire years ago a person came in asking to start a pull box for a discount. Jeff the owner said no. The person left and Jeff told me that was the third time in roughly a year he had seem that person. The places where that person had opened up a pull box and received a discount had closed. And closed in a short amount of time. Meaning with in a year.
If discounts don’t work than why have this one? This one is by the coupon on the Free Comic Book Day variant. The hope is new people come back after receiving the comic on Free Comic Book Day and start a habit of shopping at the store.
A Star Trek Green Lantern crossover is coming out in the future. Could be interesting.
We still give out free bags and boards for each new comic purchased.
To everyone who contacted me about the website being down. The website got a virus. It is fixed now. Just pay some more money and presto.
Wizard World Des Moines is getting closer. June 12th, 13th, and the 14th. Kenneth Rocafort has been announced as attending. He has done past artwork on Superman, Action Comics, and Red Hood and the Outlaws. Comic artist Buzz has also been announced. I enjoyed his artwork on the JSA.  Mike Zeck former artist on Punisher and Deathstroke the Terminator is someone I am thinking of having a commission done by. Will I be able to get it done? Lots of actors on hand. And of course Rodman Comics will be there!
Just checked the Wizard World website and seen artist Rob Liefeld will be on hand for the Des Moines show.  I am very surprised. Love him or hate him he was a big name back in the 1990s. His work on the 1990s X Force even got him a Levis commercial.
The convention circuit hosting has been profitable for Wizarldworld. This has lead them to test out other markets such as Des Moines. Just like we are a business Wizardworld is also. If it is profitable enough they will return in 2016.
Warhammer40k 1500 points Saturday April 25th at 1! $15 entry fee. Luke vs Tom alone will be worth it. Heck it is the whole reason I am having a Warhammer game. Well that and one person said I didn’t have the space and another was against it since I did not let him run it. Yes, adults can be just like little kids. So I decided full speed ahead! Let the haters hate! Let’s get ready to rumble! I can act like a little kid also!
The movie versions starters for Age of Ultron Heroclixs has already sold out. Weeks before the movie even comes out. Was hoping to have them on hand for May 2nd since the movie would have been out and Free Comic Book Day. Hopefully the Age of Ultron movie counter tops will still be on hand then.
May 5th is the next Heroclix set release date. Avengers Assemble. Which will be regular boosters.  If of course it comes out on time. I wish it would have came out a week early again to try to tap into the Free Comic Book Day and Avengers movie weekend.
2015 so far is an odd year. DC’s Convergence is in full swing. It is selling much better than I thought it would to be honest. Batman’s last issue of its current story arc is due out this month. I am assuming it was running late since Convergence was to cover the gap between DC’s move from the east coast to the west coast.  There wasn’t suppose to be any regular DC titles for two months.
Word is that T.V.’s Agents of Shield might have a spin off? That surprises me with the show having setting new series ratings lows for itself this year. It still has good ratings but is dropping. Who knows maybe the spin off will be even more popular.
Ryan Reynolds is promoting the heck out of the upcoming Deadpool movie. I think it looks promising. So far at least Marvel has not announced plans to cancel Deadpool due to the movie like they have with the Fantastic Four with the upcoming movie. Fox is behind the Fantastic Four movie and Deadpool movie. Even if it seems the Deadpool film crew doesn’t mind egging Marvel on. Such as the movie film version reading the latest issue of Deadpool. The “death” of Deadpool issue and asking did someone die in here? There is more to it. If interested I posted about it on our Facebook site.
Later this year Marvel has Secret Wars which will replace their regular titles. And oh what a guessing game on what to order for Secret Wars.
We have increased the amount and variety of games we carry. Lots of people claim they want more games carried but what one says and does is two different things a lot of the times. Vote with your wallet.
Did have a magic player bring in their own drink and when I told them no outside food or drink and we sell drinks their reply is but you don’t sell them for as cheap. Nope, I replied we do operate on profit. Seriously who goes into a bar and pulls out their own beer stating they got it cheaper at the grocery store? Or who goes to a restaurant and brings their own can of Dr Pepper since it is cheaper than buying a glass of it at a restaurant? Maybe I should try bringing in a drink during our private showing at the movie theater of Age of Ultron and see how quickly I get kicked out. When did it become alright just to walk past multiple signs stating no outside food or drink and act like bringing in outside food or drinks is an entitlement?
So many gamers like to point out that Rodman Comic is not like other stores. That is correct.  I opened something different. Something more mainstream retail well still trying to have good personal customer service. When I work here I try to make sure I acknowledge everyone that comes in with a friendly greeting and ask if they need help with finding anything. I expect my employees to do the same. It isn’t that tough. I did not open up to be a clone of another store. When I went to Dragonfire I knew it was different from the other stores at the time. I liked going there for nearly a decade.
I know some people think this is just a “hobby” to me and not an actual job because I have other incomes. The American dream was to work hard and get ahead. I say was because it has been a long time since I have heard anyone use that quote. Again even if I am not here odds are I am doing something for the store. Thanks to computers I can sell online, update the website, and more any computer
.
The store isn’t just a “hobby”. I know some people open up a gaming store and their business didn’t survive. I also know why some didn’t make it. Some treated it to much as something to do as “fun”. Play games instead of actually working. Retail is all about selling product. Rodman Comics is a business. It is work.
It isn’t a hobby to fire people. It isn’t a hobby to discipline employees. At times it is what needs to be done. Behind the scenes it is a lot of work. And perhaps I need to be more serious when I am here. Perhaps I am too casual at the store. WHY SO SERIOUS?
So why don’t I just have one job? That being Rodman Comics? My original goal was just to work one job and it be at Rodman Comics. Though as time went on after I opened Rodman Comics I learned a lot.  I don’t trust Diamond. Pure and simple. Diamond is the only supplier of comics with in the good old U.S.A. There is less than 3000 comic stores in the USA. Comic stores are owned by different people. Meaning we are not almost 3000 strong. All of us owners have different stores and business models. If Diamond wants to stop selling to one of us it can. We aren’t going to team up and form any kind of unified organization. The sales of one comic store will not be missed by Diamond. When gaming vendor Alliance the sister company of Diamond has an issue with one of us they can bring Diamond into it even if the issue has nothing to do with Diamond. Alliance along with Diamond can stop selling to any store if they want. If Diamond has money problems and goes under that would really hurt the comic industry since no one else sells comics. Some bad investments and they are done. Heck even Marvel once went through with a bankruptcy. Marvel invested in card companies right when sales on non sport cards went and took a major dive years ago. Right now gaming and comic sales are good nationwide. A handful of small businesses wouldn’t be missed by Diamond.
Brian Hibbs took on Marvel Comics. He has a store is in San Francisco, he launched a class action suit on behalf of comic retailers against Marvel Comics. Because Marvel refused to accept returns on books that were late and/or had last minute changes. He won, and ended up causing the current FOC system at Diamond Comic Distributors. Diamond didn’t stick up for the comic stores.
I have been open nearly five years. In all that time Bob Wayne from DC Comics has done more to get Diamond Comics to help me than Diamond Comics themselves have. Bob Wayne came up with having us comic stores getting our comic shipments a day early. Sadly Bob decided not to move from the east coast to the west coast when DC moved and is no longer with DC Comics.
So there you have it. If there was at least some competition for Diamond Comics I would be much more of the mindset to work only at Rodman Comics. Competition as they say keeps companies honest.  When Diamond Comics fails to ship me my correct order what can I do? Say I am tired of the lost sales and leave Diamond and go with who? You can’t tell me that the fact Diamond Comics has no competition doesn’t play into their business plan.
Diamond will do the right thing. The right thing for themselves.
Marvel left Diamond once and totally screwed everything up. I have talked about it before. If you want google Marvel Heroes World and you should be able to learn about it. It is on wikipedia under Heroes World Distribution. Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_World_Distribution
Ironic Marvel left Diamond to do what Diamond was doing for them for themselves but ended up making Diamond the sole comic distributor.
Alright rant over.
Magic the Gathering Modern Masters II is out next month. So far I have only received info from one vendor on what I am getting for the set. Sadly I can not do as I did last time for Modern Masters and order through a bunch of different vendors. One of the vendors I used was Diamond Comics. Which doesn’t even look like they are carrying Modern Masters this time. Last time I got the exact amount I ordered through them. Wizards of the Coast is controlling this set a lot more. Such as I had to sign up through the Magic event tracker as if I was ordering From the Vaults. Last time I ordered Modern Masters as a regular Magic set expecting shortages. This time it looks like there will be even less product available. Which as the person selling it makes me disappointed. Less product available may make it even in more in demand but means less for me to sell. Which means less profit. The first Modern Masters Magic set did indeed make me the most money of any Magic set. This one is starting to look too limited to come even close.
Wizards of the Coast did set this up so stores that host qualifiers and big events can order more. Thus the reason for using their Magic event tracker.  My store qualifies for the next level but will not get there because I will not rent out a space and have a big Magic whatever they call it. I just quite frankly don’t care. But that is what Wizards of the Coast wants. To force me into renting spaces to host events. After raising their prices and not the suggest retail price I am not to thrilled with them. I make more on each  $3.99 comic I sell than I do each Magic pack for $3.99.  None of the comic publishers are trying to limited product (other than with some variant covers) and force me to have special events that would cost me even more money. New comics come out each Wednesday. New Magic product comes out roughly seasonal. Granted with some event decks and so forth. That is how comics make me more money.
People have been requesting a Modern Masters draft. Which I am not really thrilled about. Having a draft for product that will fly out the door and I will be out of in no time and then offering prizes seems counter productive as a business. The previous Modern Masters draft was a waste of the stores time and money. Hiring someone to run it. Hosting the draft. And giving out Modern Masters boosters as prizes when they would easily sell was foolish.
Alright second rant over.
Mark your calendars for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! Avengers Age of Ultron movie and free comics what more could a person want?
Talks over the lease are on going. Stay tuned to see if we move to another location. The lease is up come October.
No Friday Night Magic May 1st so I can get ready for Free Comic Book Day.
Star Wars issue 4 comes out next week. Convergence 3 arrives. And so much more.
As always each week is a new Projections newsletter on our website. Granted this one was delayed thanks to a virus taking down the website. We are also on Facebook. Feel free to “like” us.
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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.
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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.
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #1 OF 9 DEADPOOL PARTY VARIANT
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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