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.
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