Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Maxxing out your in-store appearance

George PĂ©rez at Bedrock City Comics via GetSynd.com
If you're a store having an author appearance, you might as well get the MOST bang for your buck. Here's your tips and tricks for running a great—and profitable!—event at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, April 30, 2018

Where Health meets "Hype"



Eggs are good for you! No, they're bad!
Red wine is great for you! No, it'll kill you!
Hey, look at this "cancer-busting" food!

There's a lot of hype in health, and Dr. Nina Shapiro has done her level best to separate fact from fiction in Hype, her new book in which she tells everyone how to calm down and focus on what really matters in health and wellness. Read an interview with Shapiro at LiveScience, and…have a glass of water. Just one will do.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kids, $1 sales, and keep it simple


Menachem Luchins followed a dream and opened a comic store. He built it in $1 sales, catering to kids, and reminds himself that Cerebus is not for everyone. See what he's learned, right and wrong, over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Comic store suppliers: More than just one

Challengers Comics in Chicago, 110 suppliers!
Everyone in the comics business knows that Diamond Comic Distributors is the go-to for comic stores. It's effectively the only place you can get new monthly comics. But stores do not live by Diamond alone!

Read all about the wealth of different distributors stores use over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, March 2, 2018

Does Twitter Destroy Creativity?


Does Twitter Destroy creativity? The short answer is yeah, it sure can. You have to guard against it. For the longer answer, with some nuance from comic, TV, and novelist creatives, read the full story over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ryan Liebowitz, Catering to Comics

Ryan Liebowitz at Golden Apple Comics

Ryan Liebowitz knows all about legacy, food, and comic books. His journey took him through the catering business and back into his family business. As he enters his 14th year running Los Angeles' venerable Golden Apple Comics, see what he's learned at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, January 22, 2018

Stock market whiz at age 17, now comic store owner


Tate's Comics (top) and Tate Ottati; photos courtesy Tate's Comics

When you're 17 years old and just quadrupled your money in the stock market, what do you do? You open a comic store, of course!

That's what Tate Ottati did 25 years ago, and he's still going strong. Find out the wisdom he's gleaned after 25 years on the retail front lines HERE at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin