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Projections — 5/20/2015

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!














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.
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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