46 days till Bob Layton arrives at Rodman Comics. Many people are still surprised I am having a comic pro doing signing and sketches at Rodman Comics. I have been trying to get various comic pros for awhile. It is all about timing. Having all the stars align at the right time so to speak. I of course am looking forward to this.
The Con In Your Store kit arrived Friday finally. And to no ones surprise there were various items shorted. That is why I changed the 16th to a “Surprise and Delight” event and not a Con In Your Store Event. After two delays and still no official word when items such as the Amazing Spiderman Team base can be bought how could the kit not be shorted? After the Con In Your Store headaches I have decided to use ACD a lot more over Alliance. They seem more hungry for my business. Though sadly Alliance and Diamond are the only vendors that carry Heroclixs so I will still use Alliance at times. Did blow out of my original order of Guardians of the Galaxy Heroclixs. I was hoping to have a case for the draft on the 16th but my employee sold them anyway even though I said not to. Heroclixs for this month seems cursed so far. Though our “Surprise and Delight” Heroclix event Saturday seemed to be a hit. Everyone was confused on what we were doing for it thanks to not knowing what Wizkids was sending for the Con In Your Store program. And we were shorted on material. We still had a double digit turn out. And everyone had fun. I had prizes for everyone. My reorder of Guardians of the Galaxy is in now. And I have hid one case for this upcoming weekends Guardians of the Galaxy draft so we will have boosters for it. As long as I don’t forget where I hid it. The Galactic Guardians draft prize support has a zombie team base which looks pretty cool.
There are more boosters of Guardians of the Galaxy for sale in case you came in Saturday and there were none.
And no there was never any apologies or any effort to try to make up for the headaches by Wizkids or Alliance over the cluster that was the Con For the Store program. I learned Wednesday the Alliance Supervisor who was suppose to resolve the missing kit issue left for Gen Con before taking care of the issue. Even though I called about it again the Monday before the Wednesday he left.
I already dropped Southern Hobby as a vendor due to poor communication and mistakes. Apparently the gaming industry is so flush with money Alliance and Southern Hobby can afford to burn bridges with who they do business with.
If I treated my customers with that attitude I would be losing business also. Seriously it was as if Alliance and Wizkids acted like the $1000 I spent to be in the program was to small of an amount to bother with. I am going to make sure thousands less of my business goes to them now. Hopefully other stores follow. I know one lost customer isn’t enough for them to take notice. But if enough stores cut back they will take notice. It is like here. There is no one customer that losing would be a big deal. But if we lost enough customers it would be a big deal. It is like voting.
The only one who benefits from all this is ACD distribution. My sales rep Paul from ACD has done a great job dealing with Rodman Comics and I look forward to dealing with him more now.
I do know Wizkids involvement in the Con program caused a lot of headaches for Alliance. Regardless as a business Rodman Comics has to make money and use its time in programs that eat up less time and are better organized. It is tough to promote an upcoming event when I do not know what all is making it for the event and some pieces that we were suppose to get will come at a later date. That later date being unknown still. But hey my check cleared for $1000 over a month ago.
I am amazed though. I thought more stores would be upset by this. Maybe not that many opted for the $1000 kit. Online I have not found much about stores being upset about it. Or I am just not looking in the right places. I even posted about it on Wizkids facebook page but have been ignored so far. Debating about posting on ebay an auction listing for a lawyer who would want to take up this case. List it with the title of SELLING WAR OF LIGHT Heroclix Lawyer needed to rep Con In Your Store stores who were ripped off. The SELLING WAR OF LIGHT would be just to get Wizkids attention along with other heroclix players.
Alright enough about Wizkids. On to better things.
The D&D Player’s Handbook is in. If you miss the old D&D miniatures there are now new ones in. They look pretty sharp.
Multiversity 1 is now out. Grant Morrison’s long awaited limited series has finally hit the shelves.
Dwayne the Rock Johnson has made it official. He will be in the upcoming Shazam movie. I like it! He has not decided if he will be Captain Marvel or Black Adam. If they play this right I see it being very cool. A kid who gets the power of Superman. What kid wouldn’t like to see that?
The website is humming along. I have been adding more material to the market place. Feel free to check it out. Yes, I have been doing it myself. I came in Sunday. Cleaned the bathroom. Picked up the chairs and tables and straightened out the comics on the shelves. Brought in more shelves. Thanks to my friend for building them. He does more for the store than my employees do and he isn’t even on the payroll. He doesn’t even collect comics. Yet he still repairs and builds things for the store. To be honest if not for him the store most likely wouldn’t be here. Or if it was it wouldn’t like nearly as nice.
We will be having some new faces working at the store in the future. Hiring people that collect and know a lot about comics was a lot more challenging than I ever thought it would be.
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Be sure to mark October 4th on your calendars. That Saturday will be the anniversary of the store. Bob Layton will be here doing signings and sketches. Again please bring a reasonable amount and not a truckload of material to get signed. We will have back issues that he has worked on if you need to purchase something for him to sign. I have no idea if we will have enough on hand.
And yes there will be cake that day also.
As always I hope to see you at Rodman Comics. And it is even better seeing you at Rodman Comics purchasing something.