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Projections — 11/25/2015
Projections, the Rodman Comics newsletter. As I type this up it is the day before Thanksgiving. Thursday we will be closed as we should be. On Friday we will be having our first Black Friday sale. 20 percent off everything. Unless already discounted. We will be open 10 to 7 that day. No Friday Night Magic that night. Everyone should be recovering from all the eating and shopping they did.
Heroclixs at 4 this Saturday is still on.
New comics for this week? Why my favorite one of course. Dark Knight III The Master Race issue one. Lots of different cover variants for this issue. Included one only available from us. The one with the Rodman Comics Logo!
Big week this week. Tons of new reading available. All New Wolverine 2, Aquaman 46, Carnage 2, Darth Vader 13, Deathstroke 12, Flash 46, Venom Space Knight 1, and so much more!
Frank Miller in an interview with Newsarama claims he will be writing another limited series to follow up the Dark Knight’s adventures after Dark Knight III is done. Surprised a lot people since it was announced this would be the final limited series making the Dark Knight Returns a trilogy.
December 5th the return of Rod Deals!
December 6th at 1 we will have our first Force of Will Pre release.
Holiday shopping? Stop in and check out our selection. We have gift certificates, comics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, action figures, heroclix, magic packs, statues, busts, and more!
It is for me at least hard to believe that the year is getting close to being over with. This year learned a lot. Did a lot. Watched Rodman Comics become even better and I became even more proud of the business. Wednesdays have become a place to buy and hang out to talk about comics. Not heated debates. Not online hide behind a computer hate feast. People talking about the hobby they enjoy.
Before I get going too far down what has all went on this year I best hold off for an end of year review.
Force of Will we had our first draft for. It went well. For both the players and the store. I even played so there were an even amount of players. I did have an employee working while I played. I am not that irresponsible. For just starting to carry Force of Will products a few months ago it has grown far better and faster than I ever would have imagined. I never would have thought when we first started carrying it that Force of Will pack sales would be beating Magic pack sales.
How is that possible some have asked. One reason is Magic is sold in a lot of places. From big chain stores to small businesses like Rodman Comics. Wizards of the Coast the makers of Magic have expanded and will keep expanding with more and more places to sell Magic. And for them that is smart business sense. For us small businesses that means less Magic sales.
Force of Will is newer though popular. Force of Will is sold at far less places than Magic is. Meaning odds are when you go get groceries you will most likely not see Force of Will available for sale. Where Magic packs might be right by where you check out. You want Force of Will? Then a trip to Rodman Comics will satisfy that craving.
Though after I type that I have been told that Force of Will is carried at one big chain retailer. Just not the one I stopped at. And only the newest set. So Force of Will is making inroads into bigger outlets.
Plus we make more money on Force of Will events than we do with Magic events. Magic drafts are three packs while Force of Will drafts are five packs. People also appreciate us having Force of Will events because there are far less currently available to go to than Magic events. And right now we have a great group of Force of Will players. Very casual and a lot of fun. I admit I am very lucky that the group has turned out the way it has.
Wizards of the Coast makers of Magic have done a few things this year that I feel are long term mistakes. Such as raising the price of Magic and trying to have the best of both worlds be telling us to keep prices the same. Meaning Wizards of the Coasts makes more money while people buying Magic if up to Wizards will pay the same and stores that carry Magic will just eat the increase.
My comic business is not like that. The more I order the more of a discount I get. If comic prices go up so does my cost to buy the comic but so does the suggested retail price. Meaning the profit is more.
The Zendikar Gift Boxes were going to be a tough sell this year thanks to last years Holiday Gift Boxes having the reputation as poorly made. Which to be truthful I tried using one from last year for storage and it ripped with in a week and it was just sitting behind the counter and I ended up throwing it away. As is well known the Zendikar Fat Packs blew out the doors everywhere thanks to having full land art cards. The gift boxes oddly enough only has one full land art card while the rest of the mana is regular mana. Somehow Wizards of the Coast didn’t have the foresight to include multiple full art lands in this year’s Gift Box. Though on the back it shows the one full art card which seems deceiving. Meaning it leads people to conclude that since this set is Zendikar which is known for the full art lands which were in the Fat Packs and are in each of the booster packs and has a picture on the back of the box of a full art land card that all the lands in the box are full lands when they are not.
Up to last year they were called “holiday gift boxes”. This year “the gift box”.
I myself would really like an announcement of a truely new set with a new setting and theme. Wizards of the Coast is playing it safe by going back to previous sets that were popular. Creating something new is far more challenging but it can also lead to even more excitement. Which the same can be said about the current comic market. Marvel is running Secret Wars and having Secret War spin off titles invoking storylines from the past. Which DC also did earlier this year with their Convergence limited series.
By going back to the past and sticking to the past Magic makes itself look old. Magic did well when Theros came out. But the follow up sets were poorly received. And that may be why Wizards of the Coast wants to play it save with returns to old sets.
Magic is still very popular. Friday Night Magic does well. Magic single cards still on average have higher price points than Force of Will single cards.
As I have noticed people just getting into a game will on average spend more on a game than those who have been playing it for awhile.
I have finally started a Force of Will binder. Sold the first Force of Will card right after the draft. I managed to pull a $14 card in the draft and sell it.
By no means is high sales of Force of Will a bad thing. Having both Magic and Force of Will being popular is a very good thing.
Though in 2014 if anyone had told me that in 2015 I would be selling more packs of another card game over Magic I would have thought that was crazy talk.
Lots of new action figures in this week. The Batman Animated Series Bane Action Figure, Batman Animated Series Mad Hatter Action Figure, Batman Animated Series Nightwing Action Figure, Batman Animated Series Scarecrow Action Figure, Batman Arkham Knight Catwoman Action Figure, Marvel Select Deadpool Action Figure, along with all the action figures we already have on hand.
Come December 2nd the start of DC’s black bagged variant covers arrive in honor of the new title Harley’s Little Black Book 1. Green Lantern 47 will have a black bag variant along with Harley’s Little Black Book 1. Robin War 1 also arrives to start the Batbooks crossover. Marvel on December 2nd will release Daredevil 1, Invincible Iron Man 4, Spidey 1, Star Wars 13, Totally Awesome Hulk 1, and more.
Star Wars the Force Awakens is now less than 24 days away. Will it live up to the hype? Can it live up to the hype?
Seen the trailer for Captain America Civil War. I thought it looks cool. Next year will be a big year for comic related movies. The start of 2016 alone will see Deadpool, Batman v Superman, and Captain America Civil War. The weekend that Civil War comes out Free Comic Book Day will be happening. Time flies.
Everyone have a good Thanksgiving. I know I am thankful for my family. Thankful for all the good things that have been done myself and Rodman Comics this year. Thankful for all our regular customers’ support.
10 to 7 will be our Black Friday hours. Take advantage of the 20 percent off sale.
Gift certificates, comics, cards, action figures, statues, and busts. All available at Rodman Comics!