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Comics for our Military

613 views • Jan 2, '13 • (2) Comments

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.

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Types of comic shops

1031 views • Dec 7, '12 • (3) Comments

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.  

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