This last week was a good week. Saturday I worked nine hours and it was a very good Saturday. Lots of new people buying comics. Kids were in picking up comics. The age group that some claim will not get into comics due to the digital age.
Truthfully I almost broke my rule about being sure to be open on the stated hours last Saturday. It was a rare nice day. I actually figured people would be out and about and not stopping in. I actually toyed with the idea about closing for a few hours in a moment of weakness. The weather was calling. Thankfully I didn’t. I was wrong it was a busy day.
Before anyone passes judgment on me I have always opened on days I was suppose to and do pride myself on being professional. Meaning making sure as much as possible that the store is open when it is suppose to be. Have I been late before? Yes, ironically I think both times I had an angry voicemail at the store from someone when it happen. One was for a tire that blew. The person that left an angry voicemail that day said his name and so forth acting like I should know who it was but it didn’t ring a bell with me. The other time was when one of my part timers went to the hospital for the flu. I was also sick that day. Instead of having someone put a sign up saying we wouldn’t be open I decided I should open. At the risk of sounding gross on my way to the store I lost my lunch. Worse it was very sudden. Meaning I didn’t even manage to get the car door open. So I turned back. Prayed a cop wouldn’t pull me over and wonder if I was on drugs or something. Went back home cleaned up. And proving how hardheaded I can be went up and opened. Of course there was a person who was upset that I wasn’t already open and chewed me out with a voicemail and left his number. I made sure to call him back and let him know we were open now and he was more than welcomed to come up. He did and I was very chummy with him. Making sure he was able to breath the same air I was breathing so to speak. He didn’t buy anything and I never seen him again and I never knew if he got the flu or not.
Moral of the story is there might be a reason that someone is late.
One of the down sides of owning your own business. No sick time. And if I am sick I do try to get someone else in of course.
Original Sin 0 comes out next week.
Elektra 1 also comes out.
Justice League United 0 arrives next week.
Lots of good comics due out.
Amazing Spiderman 1 when it comes out will have sold over a half million copies for Marvel. That will help reverse the nation wide slump comics sales have seen. Though online it has been reported that Marvel re launching of titles have seen bigger and bigger drops with each re launch. Meaning each time Marvel does it the titles bleeds readers quicker and quicker. It is now being reported that DC will follow sadly. Such as with Suicide Squad re launching in July.
This is why I am pushing weekly titles such as Batman Eternal and Future Ends. I am hoping since they last a year and are weekly that there will be better marketing and a better push to keep readers coming back each week instead of focusing on the first issue and letting it free fall readership wise afterwards. In this day and age of instant gratification I believe a weekly format can easily succeed. Customers coming in repeatedly every week is also what I need. It helps customers to make it a habit of stopping in every week.
Back to the pull boxes. We have cut back on pull boxes. And I am not trying to pick on the customers whose pull boxes we stopped. Those customers are now in more often than when we they had pullboxes. The pullboxes just got them out of the habit of coming in.
Make no mistake over all our comic customers are great. They keep the store going. Always seem happy to deal with us. Wednesdays are my favorite days to work at the store since it is new comic day. You guys and gals make it worth it.
Now if I can just get some of the gamers who spend hours here to think like our average comic customer…… Again not all. We do have some great gamer customers. Just some cause more headaches. Yet again a gamer backed into another person’s vehicle. And that vehicle is owned by one of the people that own a business in this strip mall. His parked vehicle has been hit twice now by customers from this store. To make matters worse it looked like the person was going to drive off but noticed he was spotted. The gamer hopefully will be ashamed enough not to come back. To be truth full before it even happen I was hoping to never see the person again. There is just some people I know will bring issues. I just didn’t know there would be one that night.
Saturday Night gaming may be going away in the future. Again after dropping Sunday and Monday games I make more money. Too often after spending hours here a gamer will look at it as if they did me a favor by hanging out to play for free. And as I have stated before it isn’t a question of if Magic will sell. It is how fast will it sell.
It just is odd that the average comic customer will spend more, be here far less, and be more appreciative then the average gamer who will spend less, be here for hours on end, and think since they played here I owe them. And are far more likely to buy off the internet than at the place they play at.
And yes the gamers do the same thing as some of the pull box customers had done. Order a box of this or this rpg book and then to often we will just stick it to you. “You, know I will pick it up”, “You can trust me” ” I really want that and can’t wait to have it!” And then it comes in and they change their mind. I no longer do preorders for gamers.
And no the customer is not always right.
Maybe since I am in a unique position of having mulitple incomes I just don’t put up with things as much. My attidude is everyone is more than welcomed to shop where they want to. It doesn’t have to be here. This isn’t a chain of stores. There are not multiple partners of the store. I opened the store. Treat it like you are at someone’s house. Just because one person lets you do something at their house doesn’t mean it is allowed at every house in America.
Now the part that will sound familiar to weekly readers of Projections.
May 3rd is National Free Comic Book Day. As some people have noticed I have stressed it is a national event thanks to people looking at me in disbelief thinking I was a fool for having a free day. By letting people know it is a national day it makes them feel more at ease knowing I am not the only one crazy enough to own a business and give away product. Still waiting for the local dealerships to give away cars.
I am still not having free pizza that day either. Greasy pizza hands and comics do not mix.
I received a majority of the Free Comic shipment this week and look forward to giving it away on May 3rd. If anyone wants to take the invoice off my hands for the “Free” comics feel free to.
Again I look at Free Comic Day as a Customer Appreciation Day. A day I give back to those that frequent Rodman Comics. That are proud to call Rodman Comics their local comic store.
May 3rd Free Comics included DC’s new Futures End, Marvel’s Rocket Racoon, Spongebob, Powerangers, and much more.
Oddly enough there is no Spiderman related comic that day even though it is the first weekend of the new Spiderman movie?
April 26th is the Prerelease for Journey Into Nyx! We will have one at midnight, noon, and eight.
June is still suppose to be when War of Light starts for Heroclixs. With Deadpool and X Men Days of Future Past recently announced as delayed we will see if it comes out on time. And I expected both Deadpool and the new X Men set to be late. The X Men set is even later than I expected though so the Heroclix schedule has been updated.
Also we will be seeing the new Spiderman movie on May 3rd. On Free Comic Day. May 3rd will also be AVX Round 4 for heroclixs along with the day after Journey into Nyx is released. A busy day indeed!
Rodman Comics is on Facebook. I still have people that are surprised to find out we are on Facebook. We are darn. I am not Captain Caveman. Even though people after seeing my flip top phone may think so. I like it darn. Pocket calling people is annoying.
A shout out to our neighboring business Visual Eyes http://www.visualeyesiowa.com/ . Great group of people. I just bought new sunglasses through them.
As I said it was a good week. Not to much to type about. Skipped over the touchie subject of what director Bryan Singer is getting accused of.
Stop on in to Rodman Comics for a great selection of comics with a knowledgeable staff that knows comics!