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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

The comic shop in my town has closed.....if you enjoy comics, you better support your local comics shop, or your world will end some paper comics folks


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 28, 2015 04:03AM) (new)

General decline in comic book sales? Or too much competition from on-line?

For the last dozen years or so, I buy the occasional trade paperback (from Amazon). And I bought a couple of things from comiXology (which is really Amazon; But I don't really like reading comics on the Kindle.) It's been at least a decade since I picked up a traditional comic book issue.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

a number of factors....I personally think it was the store's lack of diversity....a town this size won't support a "just comics" to sell other stuff cards or something...the owner use to have Magic card tournaments every Friday...he could have cleaned up selling soda and chips I always thought, but no. Kids around here are into video games, so it was us old fharts buying the comics (thus no new blood coming into the hobby), when some of them dropped off it hurt profits (or lack of) and it was just a matter of time before it was "game over"....

message 4: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 29, 2015 03:50AM) (new)

Spooky1947 wrote: "Kids around here are into video games, ..."

Kids these days... ;)

What with video games, Internet, and so much more television, there are a lot more things competing for kids' recreational time than when we were kids.

There is some irony in the fact that Superhero movies are really big at the box office, yet the actual comics seem in a sales decline.

When I was a kid (oh, grandpa, not again...) I used to buy comics off a rotating rack at the drugstore. The "direct sales market"/dedicated comic book stores have been around for almost 50 years now

And I think there's a lot more choice in graphic novels aimed at adults.

I posted a link last year to a story, Marvel Confirms Move Out of Bookstore Newsstands, meaning you see even fewer comic books "in the wild".

I think the effect is been that you pretty much have to want to buy a comic book in order to even find a comic book.

message 5: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (haveah) | 123 comments I stopped buying comics in the 90s, when each label was money hungry and releasing twelve different covers for the same issue (which wasn't that great to begin with). Also the soap opera style 'kill them off and bring them back 2 months later' thing was starting to get on my nerves. Nowadays- if I do buy comics- I'll buy the big graphic novels, that usually encompass a whole storyline, so I don't have to wait for the next issue.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Natalie wrote: "I stopped buying comics in the 90s, when each label was money hungry and releasing twelve different covers for the same issue (which wasn't that great to begin with). ..."

Yeah, at some point comic books became more like baseball cards, concentrating more on being collectible than telling a good story. I also seem to remember a preoccupation with creating "issue #1" for the benefit of fans who reflexively bought 10 copies of every #1 as an "investment". (Glad I put my money in a 401(k) instead.)

Natalie wrote: "Also the soap opera style 'kill them off and bring them back 2 months later' thing was starting to get on my nerves. ..."

You mean you don't believe Wolverine is really dead? ;)

message 7: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (haveah) | 123 comments G33z3r wrote: "You mean you don't believe Wolverine is really dead? ;) "

Naah. He just wanted to retire from the limelight, like his good friend, Elvis. :P

message 8: by Wastrel (new)

Wastrel | 34 comments Part of this is obviously just the problems of bookshops in general.

More specifically, I have to think pricing structures have to hurt the industry. In Ye Olden Days, kids all read comics of some kind (not just superhero ones) in part because there weren't alternatives but also to a big extent because they were cheap. And accessible. Any kid could just pick up their weekly comic with their spare change on their way home from school (or so I'm led to believe).

Now to read a comic book you need to go to a specialised store, or order specifically from the internet, and each thin little issue costs the same as a proper book. I don't read comics, but some friends do, and they tried to get me into them - but then I saw the amount they spent per month on the things, and they weren't even devoted fans.

If you provide a product that is much too expensive for the mass market (compared to other forms of entertainment), but that has too low a quality for most of the highbrow market (the soap opera, the constant continuity problems, etc), then who are you going to sell to?

Marvel have built the biggest advertising platform in the history of modern media. Kids (and adults!) even want to read more about obscure Guardians of Galaxy supporting characters! They have a product, in their comics, that there is a market for and yet their product is not selling. They are doing something badly wrong.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

price is a problem....when I was a kid, you could scare up a yard to cut (or rake, depending on the time of year), on a Saturday morning, and by afternoon you were down at the 7/11 and could buy a huge stack of comics off the spinner rack...but then comics were like 15 or 20 cents, you can spend $50 on this month's Batman titles (that will take you a hour to read), or you can buy a video game you'll spend the next 2 weeks trying to ain't stupid. The publishers need to lower their prices, bring back the spinner rack, and get the kids interested again....otherwise, once we old fhart fanboys die off, there will be no one to buy their product...the hard-core collectors will still goto the comic shops for the back issues, boxes, ect. but hard-core collectors won't support the comic publishers

message 10: by Deeptanshu (new)

Deeptanshu | 120 comments I haven't really bought a physical paper comic book for years, I had kind of lost interest.
But recently i reluctantly started reading them online. I though that it would be weird to to do so but frankly I been a very convenient and enjoyable experience.
I don't think i will ever buy the paper version ever again, the prices have just become astronomically high( at least here in India) and there is only like one tenth of the variety available as opposed to online.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

well, it's the end of the world....again.

I found out 2ed & Charles, a chain used bookstore two towns over, carried comics, and had pa pull list (they would pull and hold the titles you got every month)...I thought I was saved, and signed up...that was a mistake...I just got back from there...when I asked for my comics, they pulled out a cardbord box (NOT a propper comics box) that had comics just tossed in ina brick-a-brack fashion. All my comics were ruined, and what's more they didn't get me a copy of Wonder Woman (I am a major Wonder-Fan...I get pissed if I miss WW)...I told them they could stuff 'em. I don't let anything into my collection that's less than VF condition, NM for new books (these "new" comics were in such poor condition I would have put them in the quarter box if it were my store). I haven't had any new comics in awhile, I'm jonesin' hard man, I need my fix.....

message 12: by D. (new)

D. Snyder | 51 comments Spooky1947 wrote: "well, it's the end of the world....again.

I have a, shall we say, "history" with comics as a medium and business. Normally, I recommend people hunt for that local comic shop, but if you are truly without one, I would point out that there are mail order services available.

As I understand this group, suggesting one in particular might be outside the rules, so I'll just say that the store and service I have history with does an excellent job with monthly subscriptions and (especially) packaging for shipment.

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