No, there’s really little money in used comics unless they’re pre-1962. I’ve done that research. I don’t want longboxes of 25 cent comics.
This time I’m really setting up indie stuff for my own entertainment.
The order for DC and Marvel is done. I’ve been very cautious as one of the things I’ve noted in shops is how they can overcommit to trade paperback series so you’ll find they have titles 2-10 over several series where someone bought #1 and no follow up. I consider that a significant barrier to sales and ends up generating non-performing shelfspace.
Whatever you decide to do, you should make sure you are doing big promotions and have events at the comic book store. Bring in anyone who has anything to do with the industry that people would like to meet. I’ve been to a comic con and I thought it was cool how they would have some of the comic artists there who would not just autograph but even do some custom requests. Whatever you think would attract the customers and have the budget to do.
I say this, and this is from someone who enjoys comics, that many of them can be subscribed to through digitally now. So you got to make the place a destination. I wish you success!
Phase 1: Get the shop open
Phase 2: Begin publishing our own comics
Phase 3: Our own comiccon
I’ve arranged for artists-in-residence deals with locals who have their own stuff out there in shops around the country already. They’ll be running classes on drawing and writing as well as giving feedback. It’s designed to bring me people who are able to produce salable work that I can bring to Diamond.