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Projections — 10/7/2015
Lots of new comics this week. Marvel just unloaded big time to start out October. Amazing Spider-man 1, Avengers 0, Darth Vader 0, Doctor Strange 1, Invincible Iron Man 1, Journey Star Wars Shattered Empire, Secret Wars 6, Star Wars 10, and more!
DC kicks off the month with Batman Eternal 1, Cyborg 3, Omega Men 5, and more!
Lots of people have commented on the Dark Knight Returns III poster. Lots of interest in the upcoming limited series. Glad we have Rodman Comics variant covers coming of it. Due out Nov 25th.
The 5th anniversary of the store celebration was a hit. It was a ton of fun. I had a blast. Lots of people had fun. Lots given away. Comics, Heroclixs, cotton candy, Magic cards, Star Wars X wing ships, statues, busts, and more were all handed out to customers. Great cake was on hand. The anniversary has put me in a great mood. I am very proud of the store. It’s like the Millennium Falcon. Small, old, and not everything works right. Though it still manages to be cool and have bragging rights along with being fun as heck with a dedicated crew. Along with everything managing to work in the nick of time. The five year mission is done and now we continue to go boldly were no one has gone before into the future.
Where that takes us in large part is up to you our customers.
The anniversary went great. No complaints from anyone. From what I have been told it was even better than last year’s. From my stand point it went better than last year’s from every aspect other than this year there was no newspaper write up about the anniversary of the store. It is rare to have a large group of people and everyone is happy. To the people that told me they didn’t want to take advantage of me after winning a prize. Thank you. I appreciate that. And as I told each of them this is a customer appreciation event. Where I give back to the customers.
If there was anything that didn’t quite go right on the 5 year anniversary event it was because of me. I was the biggest problem. Shocking I know. There was a study flow of traffic through out the day. No over bearing crowd which was great. Though towards the end of the day I was very tired.
One of my employees thought that I fired them that day. Quite the miss communication. Granted what I said was taken not as I meant for it to be. Easily corrected.
I did forgot to have the new slogans for next years Rodman Comics T shirts ready so we could pick which ones would be the best. In the middle of the day that was brought up. Whoops.
And I ate way to much cake and my stomach let me know it.
Started off the day with the first thing won was cotton candy. I thought that kid would be so dissappointed. He was thrilled. Everything went stunningly smooth. Magic players that came in won Magic cards. The first person who won a Watchmen T shirt was happy and it was his size. I still remember years ago giving a lady a medium sized T shirt and then everyone laughing because I just looked briefly at the tag before giving it to her. It was a medium kid’s sized shirt. My bad. People who won something that they were not interested in traded among themselves. Luck was with Rodman Comics that day.
Even got in a game of Heroclixs Saturday.
The anniversary also helped me re fire my dedication to the store. That and a vacation (no I did not go to Vegas this time) has given me some pep in my step. You all were a treat to deal with Saturday.
Even received thank yous, congratulations cards, and even a gift certificate. I was stunned. Thanks everyone. It’s great being a part of Ankeny along with being with fellow comic collectors and gamer groups.
Next year for the anniversary we plan to celebrate the same way we did this year.
Some history about the now five year old store. The “Secret Origin of Rodman Comics.”
Though I have a lot of history in Ankeny I was hoping to open in Grimes or Johnston. As I stated before neither locations leasing agents bothered to call me back. Which most likely turned out to be for the best.
A card store that sold some comics once was located years ago before I opened in the same strip mall that we currently are at. I believe if memory serves this very location was a past location for a store that sold action figures. I was in it one time but no one acknowledged me and I didn’t have a clue who was working there at the time so I left making a mental note that if I ever had a store I would acknowledge everyone who came in and ask them if they needed help. It is also what I have instructed every employee of Rodman Comics to do.
Also I made a note that collecting action figures for years was very popular but lost a lot of its popularity quickly. That store that sold action figures at this strip mall is no longer in business. It showed me that things can change quickly. Specially in the collecting business. I used to go to various places hunting down action figures. GI Joe 25 anniversary figures I thought rocked. The DC Universe action figures? Sweetness. Now when I am out at the big chain stores I hardly see any action figures. The mental note being how quickly hobbies can change in terms of popularity.
Almost opened in the building that was there before the CSV building was built. That was the location that was open at the time and the two streets that intersect are some of the busiest streets in Ankeny. Though the old building is now history.
I almost moved to a bigger location this year. Still kicking myself for not being a little bit faster. Almost moved to a bigger location closer to the Benchwarmers. Was told it was already taken but I do not see anyone in that spot currently. Not sure if the deal fell apart and the business that I was told was moving in there decided not to or what. As Maxwel Smart would say “missed it by that much.”
Over looked fact that Magic players have never caught on about. The backissue bins and tabletops were actually built for Heroclix gaming. The original maps were much bigger than today’s heroclix maps. Magic gaming was never a factor when I was building them. I didn’t even know Magic the Gathering at the time was still around. Would I have built them differently had I known about Magic gaming at the time? Hopefully not since the backissues make a lot of money and heroclix does solid business. The table tops also serve the Star Wars Wing Miniature group well.
People wanted Magic gaming so on Saturdays we started it. Then as readers of last weeks Projections will remember Wizards of the Coast let me know the store would get free prize support and listed on their website if I had Friday Night Magic. So I did.
As time went on though more and more people wanted more and more prizes. Packs were thrown in for Friday Night Magic. The packs were not free to me. I would soon learn that there would always be people that wanted more no mater how many prizes were offered. Friday Night Magic went from sweet there is a place we can play Magic on Friday nights when we started it to people wanting more. To the point that I figured out there were people out there that would be fine with me giving away prizes even to the point if I was foolish enough to cost the store so much money I would be forced to close. Sometimes I wonder if the prize sharks even know how they sound to non prize sharks. I have had non gamers amazed when shopping here how some people want to bleed the store dry.
My goal with Magic gaming is to keep it casual. It’s a game. Play it for fun. Plus I learned years ago casual players spend more money than the die hard Magic players.
Make no mistake Magic sells. Magic sells with out having gaming for it. It’s why the big chain stores don’t invest into holding gaming events. It’s not worth it to them.
Another thing I have noticed about the back issue bin table tops is some people will complain about sitting at them but when the fold up tables to sit at are available right next to the same people that have complained they don’t bother to move to them.
Right now the Magic group is great. Couldn’t ask for a better group of gamers.
Same with the Heroclix, Star Wars X wing, and Dungeons and Dragons players here. We have been very lucky with the current group.
Hopefully it will last for a long while.
Just like with the heroclix gamers and all the other gamers we have at the store. It easily can and will change. Just as I stated in past Projections:
“We always want new customers. Attrition of customers grinds down on any business. What how can a store as good as Rodman Comics lose any customers? How can any one want to go anywhere else? Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we do. Some customers move for a new job. Some people divorce and need to save money. I have even had customers pass away sadly. A business needs to find new customers to keep above the attrition rate. “
The customer base has grown and improved. And business wise I have grown and improved along with the customer base.
Some more store facts.
Amazing Spiderman 1 where Peter Parker returned after Doctor Octopus took over is the comic that made the store the most money when it first came out. Meaning with in sales of a month it holds the record. The variants were in high demand.
Fear Itself 3 is the comic that cost the store the most money. Meaning it’s the comic I lost the most money on. The issue was the “Death” of Bucky as Captain America. The readership was not happy with the Fear Itself storyline and did not care about another “death”. Plus it was revealed that he didn’t really die. A lot of hype for a non event. I over ordered it to put it mildly.
The comic that has made the most money for the store over a long period of time is Batman 1. I ordered a ton of the first issue and had copies on hand for years in the backroom. I kept putting a new first issue up on the wall and the price kept going up. $20 all the way up to $80 over the years. And it originally retailed at $2.99. We sold every copy we had. Which were in the hundreds.
Brightest Day is my favorite limited series that I have read since starting Rodman Comics. Aquaman, Deadman, and Hawkman I thought were pretty cool and interesting. I liked how everything came together in the end. And Geoff Johns wrote it. What can I say I am a Geoff Johns junkie.
Favorite single issue comic since being open? That is a tough one with comics being mostly written for trade collections now. Forever Evil 1. Written by you guessed it Geoff Johns.
Favorite new book that was canceled since being open. Aquaman and the Others. Really liked the team when they were in Aquaman’s main book. Dan Jurgens was the writer of the monthly Aquaman and the Others book.
Most popular comic book at the store currently is Star Wars. Batman held the spot for years. With the upcoming Star Wars movie I don’t see the comic book based on Star Wars losing the top spot anytime soon.
Marvel’s newest first issues have started. Come on in and check them out.
Why did I open the store? Some of the reasons will most likely always be known to just me. Though I have never been more proud of the store than I am now. Grimes, Johnston, and Ankeny were areas that I felt could use a comic store. If I would have went with a Grimes location it would have been off the highway. Though again the leasing manager never called me back. Johnston off of Merle Hay road I was looking into. Again the leasing manager never called me back. The Ankeny leasing manager did call me back. Found out we went to the same high school. Checked out one other location here in Ankeny and decided here at 318 Ankeny Blvd would work. Which was a good choice with the other location that I checked out being torn down now. The rest as they say is history.
This year is far and away the best year that Rodman Comics has had. Now granted the year isn’t over with yet. Though right now things are great for the store. My thanks to my employees for connecting with you our customers. And all the hard work they do. Believe me there is always something to do here at the store.
We are signed up for years more of providing a place for all your collecting and gaming needs. I even took a vacation before the anniversary of the store. The current crew makes it stress free when I take time off which I do appreciate.
My thanks to everyone who has supported Rodman Comics! Comic customers, gamers, action figure collectors, boardgame buyers, and everyone else my thanks for spending your hard earned money with us.
Five more years, five more years! At least right?