With a Few Surprises
April 20, 2002
Our Top 10 Cool lists, which rank the best-selling products in pop culture stores, are dominated by franchise properties (with a few surprises) in our rankings for March 2002.
'Like Death of Superman, Pokemon'
April 18, 2002
Expectations are high for Free Comic Book Day, the comic industry promotional event happening on May 4, the day after the Spider-Man movie opens.
And No Written Hold
April 17, 2002
We heard from a buyer for another specialty retail chain, who told us that while Gamestop was 'notorious' for breaking street dates, in this case his chain had also been shipped earlier than necessary to make the street date.
Two Retailers Give You Tips
April 16, 2002
Non-sports trading cards can be a successful product category, so we sought out a couple of retailers that we were told do an especially good job of merchandising and promoting entertainment cards to find out their secrets.
An Interview with Len Katz of The Joker's Child
April 12, 2002
Len Katz founded The Joker's Child almost 15 years ago. Located in Fairlawn, New Jersey, the store carries a wide variety of comic and movie-related merchandise.
But Long-running CCG Stays in Top 10 Cool
April 7, 2002
Last week a couple of signs appeared that indicate that the major marketing phenomenon of the late 1990s is showing further signs of erosion.
Keith Strohm Bagged
March 17, 2002
Sabertooth Games, publisher of the Warhammer 40,000 CCG, has announced that Keith Strohm has joined the company as Director of Communications.
Plus Surprising Price Point Trends
March 17, 2002
Two #1 products repeated in February, a testament to the strength of some recent releases and the weaker competition scheduled for this normally weak month.
Retail Division Not Affected
March 13, 2002
A spokesperson for Wizards of the Coast has confirmed to ICv2 that the company has laid off 50 employees today at its headquarters in Renton, Washington.
Mall Kids Driving Book Numbers Up
March 9, 2002
All three of the largest US manga publishers told ICv2 that sales are booming for manga trade paperbacks.