Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chuck Klosterman on "But What If We're Wrong?"

Yes, the front cover is upside-down.

How will we view the world of today from 200, 300 or even more years in the future?

That's the question posed by Chuck Klosterman in But What If We're Wrong?, his newest book form Blue Rider Press. Part of the book centers on the fact that, well…we're always wrong, even when we're sure we're right. There are also entries on football, democracy, literature, and how we might all be video game characters in a highly, highly sophisticated simulation.

You can read all about it over at LiveScience.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, August 1, 2016

Comic pros on comic stores

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner (photo courtesy Palmiotti)

So what do comic book writers and artists think of comic book stores? Glad you asked.

The answers are at icv2.com, where Dan Jurgens, Mike Mayhew, Greg Pak and Jimmy Palmiotti all weigh in on what makes stores great…and not-so-great.

Check it out!

Jim McLauchlin

Emerald City Comics in Clearwater, FL

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The man who buys comics 100,000 at a time

Todd McDevitt, photo courtesy New Dimension Comics


Who buys comic books 100,000 at a time and doesn't blink? Todd McDevitt, that's who. Read all about him and his crazy-cool comic store operation over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

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 icv2.com.

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 icv2.com.

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 icv2.com, 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