The Thing is purple and Silver Surfer is blue
So tonight I was logging a bunch of recent purchases from TFAW. I am finally getting around to unboxing stuff I got during their Black Friday sale (it was only 6 weeks ago, give me a break!), and I come across a few things out of the ordinary.
I was shorted like 5 books. Just cheapie nick & dent TPBs, but about $15 worth if you consider s/h. I wonder what response I'll get about getting a credit, 30 days after receivng the order. The other 80% of my order showed up fine.
More curious to me however, was a Conan TPB/floppie military special I received. I had no idea they made special package deals like this. It reminds me of the 3 for $1 comics that would come polybagged at TG&Y when I was a kid. Always a good idea to market comics via different avenues.- read more
I've been buying comics at LCS for about 35 years now. It seems like in Las Vegas, comics shops are thriving, and that makes me happy. When I was a kid and lived in Northern California, I think there was only one in the entire (densely populated) county.
The only shop I could get to without driving 25 miles was run by an Italian man who never seemed to really like comics. He only saw it as a business I believe. He never talked about books, characters, artists, etc. There was never anybody in his stores most times, and I wondered how he stayed in business. He even had 2 locations at one time. To my 8-years-young eyes, it just seemed like he had the greatest job in the world, and it brought him no joy.
Later on when I could travel, I found shops in Berkeley, Oakland, SF and the peninsula. Most of them were either combo bookstore/comic shop, or college-type with a more mature slant. I only found two they I really enjoyed: a touristy-shop at Pier 39, which seemed to have an awesome back issue selection, and high prices; and a hole in the wall in Burlingame that was run by a guy who always seemed to be on the brink of financial ruin.- read more
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