Comic stores all over the US have been shutting down to due a number of factors. You have the current state of the economy to blame but you also have the problem of mistakes at the comic company and Diamond publishing to blame. The old gimmicks are doing more than not working, they’re actually hurting the stores. Phil Boyle, owner of Coliseum of Comics, wrote a guest-post for ICv2 giving some ideas on the store’s end and on the publisher’s end for keeping comic stores in business. Here’s one I’d add: Remember that what made the medium popular were kids using their allowance to buy comic books, and maybe figure out how to price comics so they can do so again and make comics kids can enjoy. Even the kids comics are too expensive and they aren’t getting the superhero stories I got as a kid. I’m all for showing that comics aren’t just for kids but the solution is NOT making sure comics aren’t for kids at all.

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About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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  1. […] Back In January I posted a Morning Article Link where a guest-writer for ICv2, comic store owner Phil Boyle, brought up suggestions to benefit the comic stores from having too much overstock and easing their burdens when it came to how it dealt with comic companies and virtual monopoly distributor Diamond. Now ICv2 has an update, as it appears some of the publishers are actually considering his words and seeing what is feasible to them. Time will tell though, as comic stores continue to hurt and comic readership continues to suffer. […]

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