Monday, June 20, 2016

Building a business from age 22

Photo courtesy Peter Dixon

Peter Dixon of Paradise Comics in Toronto has made comic book retail his career and has operated a store, ran conventions, developed product and brokered deals. Find out what he's learned in 20+ years in the biz here at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, May 19, 2016

28 years and 10,000 square feet of retail

Photo courtesy The Source Comics & Games
Bob Byrnildson has grown one small game store into more than 10,000 square feet of retail in his 28 years in the business. Gain his wisdom and see what he's done right and wrong over at

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

All ages should mean ALL ages

photo courtesy The Dragon, Guelph, Ontario

People can get dismissive of "kids' comics," but have you READ Marvel's Oz adaptations, just as a f'r instance? Smart retailers know that comics are books, and you can and should sell to kids AND adults at the same time. Read all about it at

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, April 15, 2016

When a businessperson KNOWS right and wrong

Kudos to Jenn Haines at The Dragon in Guelph, Ontario. She's pretty self-aware after 18 years in business, and knows what she's done right, and done wrong.

You can read all about it at, in the launch of "Business 3x3," a new column in which business-savvy peeps share three things they've done right and three things they've done wrong, so we can ALL learn a little sumpthin'.

Jim McLauchlin

photo courtesy The Dragon

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Business End of Craft Beer

Brewing beer is fun, but the business end can be tough. See how Jennifer Febre Boase and MacLeod Ale are making a go of it over at the mighty Los Angeles Times.

Jim McLauchlin
photo: Kevin McIntyre Photography

Friday, February 5, 2016

The 10 iconic travel destinations you MUST hit!

Places such as Independence Hall and the Billy Goat Tavern might seem played out, but there's a reason they seem that way: Because they're infinitely cool and millions of people love them. With good reason.

Check out the 10 iconic travel destinations you simply MUST hit on your travels, courtesy the good folks at Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

Jim McLauchlin

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Comic that can actually Change the World

With all due respect to the Spider-Men and Batmans of the world, here's a comic that MATTERS.

Writer Joshua Dysart spent five days in Iraq with the United Nations' World Food Program, telling the crucial story of the horrors of Da'esh, and the life-saving work that the WFP is doing in feeding hundreds of thousands of refugees from the bloody conflict. His research has resulted in a 35-page comic that's serialized at Huffington Post, and you can reach the first chapter here.

For some of the behind-the-scenes and Josh's thought process, we have the Newsarama article here.

Please check them out.

To learn more about the World Food Program and its mission or to donate, please check them out as well.

Jim McLauchlin