Friendly Frank's B-Bop Comics in Kansas City, Missouri has been following the recent Talk Back discussions about Diamond's "Day Early Delivery" survey (see "Diamond Surveys Tuesday Comics") with much interest and wanted to share his thoughts:
I've been following with great interest the discussion on release dates. I'm glad to see a majority of those weighing-in seem to favor leaving comic book day on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I must also agree with those who said Tuesday delivery for Wednesday on sale is not going to work. Here in Kansas City, from roughly 1993 to 1999, all shops enjoyed Tuesday delivery for Wednesday on sale. Most shops started selling the books on Tuesday regardless. A "secret shopper" service like Diamond is proposing is unlikely to work as unscrupulous retailers would simply just sell to people they know (i.e. subscribers). Another, potentially more significant problem with Tuesday for Wednesday is losing another week on the Final Order Cut-Off dates. We are now able to lower (or increase) orders on #2 after one to seven days of sales on #1. Adding another week would likely mean no longer having the opportunity to adjust the very next issue. As volatility continues to increase, the FOC is our only tool to lessen risk, and I am against weakening it.
Lastly, I would like to echo Dara Hannon of Pyramid Comics & Games by saying that I too believe the biggest threat to our industry is the $3.99 price tag on regular-sized comics. From 1939 to 1995, comics cost twice what a candy bar cost. In 1995, they essentially went to four times the price of a candy bar and the industry lost roughly 90% of their unit sales, three of four comic shops went out of business, and we were no longer selling to the masses. Subsequent price increases have always resulted in flat dollar sales, and drastically declining unit sales. The $3.99 price, at least here in recession-hit mid-America, is not only unaffordable, it is a blatant slap in the face from Marvel.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of ICv2.com.
'Not Going to Work'
Posted by ICv2 on June 9, 2010 @ 11:04 pm CT
May 26, 2017
Australian game store chain, Good Games, has announced it will open its second U.S. store this summer.
Convention Responds With Heightened Security, Costume Props Ban
May 26, 2017
After an armed man was arrested at Phoenix Comicon Thursday, the convention organizers have heightened security, which includes banning costume props and limiting access to the convention center.
DVD Round-Up: 'Major Crimes,' 'The Last Kingdom,' 'Beauty & the Beast,' 'Haruhi Suzumiya,' & 'Speed Racer'
Week of May 30, 2017
May 28, 2017
This week’s home entertainment releases are slim,but there are a few items of real interest including the latest season of the best police procedural on American TV, a gritty medieval historical drama that should appeal to fans of Game of Thrones , new editions of two anime classics that have been selling for big bucks online, plus a reduced price edition of the complete Beauty and Beast live-action TV series.
May 28, 2017
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn’t measure up to box office analyst’s expectations ($80-85 million), but it did earn $62 million from Friday through Sunday, and easily top a weak Memorial Day weekend that was 15% below the same frame last year.