38 more days till Bob Layton arrives. October 4th will be the 4th anniversary of the store. What will the fourth year bring? That is a scary question. The lease will be up next year so that alone will make things interesting. Will I have the energy to go past 5 years?
Bob Layton and cake and more is the plan for October 4th.
The famous sign stating October 1st has returned to the window. Yes, I opened on October 1st but that is on a Wednesday this year so we will celebrate on October 4th. A Saturday.
Come the Christmas season there very well could be the return of being open Sundays and Mondays. Not really leaning for gaming those days since I learned last year I made more money not having gaming on those days than when I did.
This might be the first year since I have been open that Wizards of the Coast doesn’t have Magic Celebration Day. It was the day that people could get free Magic boosters all thanks to Wizards of the Coast. I called asking about it for this year and I was told “Wizards of the Coast has not announced if they will or will not have this event this year.” A round about answer. The first year I had Magic Celebration Day it was a hit. Last year when I held the Celebration Day it was a pain. Wizards sent a lot less boosters than before. Which I totally understand. Giving out free material is expensive. I ended up giving out free boosters from my inventory to help meet demand. The true new Magic players did appreciate it and it did bring in new players. I made a note of that and had hoped to gear it towards truly new or newer players this year.
Not one person has asked about Magic Celebration this year and it was always held in September. I am guessing Wizards of the Coast came to the same conclusion I did about Free Comic Book Day. Giving people free stuff really isn’t worth it. As I keep quoting from the Men in Black film. “A person is smart, but people are dumb.” One person is thankful for free material. A group isn’t. They see others not appreciating it so the group does the same thing. Group mentality.
Just read that next year there will be some changes to Magic the Gathering. Gone will be the Core sets. Beginning in the fall of next year, MTG will shift from a three block set followed by a core release to a two block, twice-a-year format. Interesting.
There has been more and more people asking about the return of Dungeons & Dragons gaming here. The starter set I have sold more of
than any other D&D book in the whole time I have been open. With out any D&D gaming.
I am working up a plan on having D&D gaming return. With the Christmas season coming it will be a limited campaign. Meaning once the campaign is done it is over with for the year. Right now Thursday evenings look like they should work best. As the business has grown Tuesdays have become more and more busy. And it is the day I get the comic shipment in. Tuesdays are no longer the slow days where I can get the comic shipment done in a reasonable amount of time and having D&D gaming distracting me not be much of an issue.
For some reason people keep wanting gaming on Wednesdays. That will not be happening. Wednesday is the most busiest day thanks to it being new comic day. I am not having gaming distract from that. Part of the reason years ago I quit going to a store was because they had Magic on Wednesdays. It was a pain just to pick up a new comic and ask people to move.
Hopefully sometime soon D&D will be starting up on Thursdays and it will work out for everyone. But how will I make money off it you ask? It will not be a money maker but an idea I am working on is if 6 people play they each pay $2.50 to play. They may play roughly from maybe 5:30 to 8:30. Three hours at least. And after they are done for the day we award a D&D booster box to the group. The person who did the best for the group gets first pick out of the box and then second and third pick since there are usually three pieces in a D&D booster box. It is still in the planning stages. Though that is what I am currently leaning towards. And yes I already have someone to D.M. it. The paying to play is mostly to install the thought process of actually buying something instead of just hang out for free if the owner is stupid enough to let us thought process.
Will people bulk? Yeah, there are people who whine about spending $5 to play standard for Magic. Because spending a dollar $1.66 an hour here for three hours will really cause an onslaught of cash into the store.
And yes I hear all the talk about wanting Star Wars X Wing miniature gaming to return. You all are starting to tick me off. I kid. It too most likely will return for a bit and then need to end before the Christmas season is in full swing. October 11th is my target day with it ending October 25th. So three Saturdays of games and then come January I could start it up again.
And I can hear Jeff from Dragonfire now. “Why? Why have gaming?” Because I can I guess. Or I am just nuts.
Then we will talk about what we have read. The place that closed and was thinking about reopening and people were posting things such as the gaming space would have to be “epic”. Reading people whine about renting a table to play on for hours instead of it being free. Because when I go to a bar or other business I expect them to let me hang out for free. Not. The people who want a place to game but will buy everything they can of the game they are playing for free elsewhere online. Basically people posting on their facebook page saying they were to cheap to actually support the store. Needless to say the store did not reopen. Or if they are they have not yet. I offered through a mutual friend to help if they wanted. It is a tough owning a business. If it was easy everyone would open a business.
Getting people to show up to game for free is not an accomplishment. A store loses money doing that. Utilities are still being paid. Time is being used for gaming. People tend to damage stuff. Ect.
I can announce a box of unopened Modern Masters as the prize for a Magic game. It will be very well attended. But I could just sell the box and make more money and use up less time.
And yes the Con In Your Store Program screw up for heroclix helped put me in a bad mood about gaming.
That said this weekend we will be playing for the Vampire Wolverine. The following weekend another “Surprise and Delight” Heroclix event. With another War of Light Event on September 13th.
Now prereleases for Magic are a money maker. But they only happen every few months.
Next month the newest set for Magic is coming out. And of course there will be a prerelease. September 20th will be the prerelease for Khans of Tarkir. With the regular release for the set being September 26th. The set will have 269 cards. It is the start of a new bloc so it should be very popular.
The marketplace on the website is still humming along. The more people buy off it the more I want to keep adding to it. The marketplace is also good to see what we carry. For example the shirts are usually pre bagged and what they look like can be hard to see. I have already added some T shirts, caps, and even a pair of eyeglasses to the website. By checking out the website one can now see what the T shirts look like. Also it is good for sampling what we carry. Shipping with in the USA is free.
Is everyone ready for the death of Wolverine next month? Is everyone ready for the new batch of 3D covers by DC next month? Marvel and DC seem to hype their products way to far in advance. Or at least I think so. To little focus is on what is coming out soon. September is almost here and I almost forgot about Marvel’s hyped weekly death of Wolverine and DC’s new 3D covers till I seen next weeks invoice. Basically Wolverine has to die in September because Marvel is tired of losing to DC sales wise the last few years in September. Sigh. I guess one could say DC killed Wolverine.
Remember in past Projections me bringing up how stores could return the first issue of Wolverine’s most recent run from the beginning of the year? For every two 1st issues we returned we could get 1 variant cover of the Death of Wolverine. Diamond just informed me they do not have me down for any. I mailed the package of returned covers myself months ago. So now I get to try to go through all the mail receipts to see if I can find it. It wouldn’t be so bad other than I do a lot of shipping for the business.
I checked because next week is the Death of Wolverine. Also there is currently a lot of material I have ordered that seems to be taking forever to get here. Diamond says they have a computer program problem at their warehouse. I guess one that is taking a month to fix. I am still waiting for my reorder of hardcover Overstreet guides along with other material. In this day and age taking a month to send product really bites. It is way to slow.
Though again Diamond has no competition for the comic business so what can comic stores do?
Avengers 44 will be the “final” issue of the series. Which of course will most likely be re launched. Marvel please no more re launches. Iron Man is currently on “hiatus”. Avengers and Captain America had millions go see their movies but their titles failed to gain any new readers thanks to the hit movies. That is amazing for the wrong reasons.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For came out this weekend in the movie theaters. If you want to see it in a movie theater you better do it fast. I bombed badly in its first weekend. It came in 8th place. Frank Miller’s best days seem years in the past now. His writing on the comic All Star Batman was not well received. His writing on the Spawn Batman one shot was not a hit either. And DK2? No one wants to remember that sequel to the Dark Knight Returns.
I enjoyed 300 and the first Sin City movies based on Frank Millers comics but is his writing relevant to today’s audiences?
Guardians of the Galaxy did retake the top spot and grossed the most money this weekend.
It amazes me how many people come in and tell me they have read the newsletter. At times I wonder if I come off like the grumpy Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons. Odds are sometimes I do. Heck, this week is one of those weeks that I wonder why the heck do I do this? Though I am also glad to hear that the newsletter does make people laugh at times.
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