Friday, June 17, 2022

100 million sales with vision and values

Chedy Hampson and, courtesy TCGplayer

It's more than just a few cards. is a marketplace that ships about 100 million products a year (!) and employs 600 people. Chedy Hampson has grown the company with values, and a vision of what the future should always be. Find out what he's learned HERE at

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, June 6, 2022

The creative over-skew in comics


There's a writer and there's an artist, but these days, comics is seen very predominantly as a writer's medium. Part of the problem? Editors skew toward being "word people" over "picture people" as well. Read all about the pendulum (over-) swing here at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, June 3, 2022

Joe Quesada's Top 10 Marvel Moments


Joe Quesada has just finished up a 22-year (!) run at Marvel Comics, but many of his major Marvel achievements go back even FURTHER. Read all about Quesada's top Marvel hits at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Unsung Heroes in Comics


Comes as no surprise to those who know: Editors!

The are the cheerleaders, the traffic cops, the advocates, the proofreaders, and according to Jonathan Hickman, "adult supervision."

You wanna be in the know? Read all about it over at Newsarama.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

When a comic store comes calling


Mind's Eye Comics, above; and Eric Childs, below. Courtesy Childs/Mind's Eye

Eric Childs was a computer animation artist bringing his kids to the same comic store he went to 20 years ago when…the store's owner was ready to retire and fold the shop. Childs felt Mind's Eye Comics in Burnsville, MN had to be preserved for future generations, and he's doing just that. Read all about it HERE.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The RAREST of rare sports autographs


June/July Beckett Vintage magazine, and the ONLY autographed 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie

Within the rarefied air of special sports autographs, there's an even RARER air of population 1 and population zero signatures. Wanna know what the rarest are (and how they came to be that way)? Then check out the June/July issue of Beckett Vintage Collector, available in print and via Pocketmags.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, May 6, 2022

New customer habits = better for stores

Customers developed new habits over the COVID pandemic, and in specialty retail such as comics and games, stores reaped the rewards. By and large, stores can be open for fewer hours, with GREATER sales. Read all about it over at ICV2.

Jim McLauchlin