Thursday, January 19, 2023

Three stores and many more lessons


Tim Stoltzfus and More Fun Comics, courtesy Stoltzfus 

More Fun in Denton, Tex., lives up to its name: Three stores with similar merchandise, but each store with its own specialty in comics, games, and toys.

Owner Tim Stoltzfus has been operating the stores for decades, and has leaned the value of networking, work/life balance, and more. Find out even MORE of what he's learned at

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, December 19, 2022

Of heart attacks and 40 years of retail


Dr. No's and Cliff Biggers, courtesy Biggers

Cliff Biggers was working three jobs, 90 hours a week, and, predictably, had a heart attack. He ditched one of the jobs, but kept is retail store, Dr. No's Comics and Games Superstore. Still alive (yay!), he'll tell you what he's learned in 40 years of retail over at ICV2.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, November 18, 2022

Two stores and a hospital and the 25th hour in the day

Jun Goeku and The Comic Bug, courtesy Comic Bug

 Jun Goeku is a full-time physician's assistant who now owns and operates two comic and game stores as well. It's a lot of work that requires finding both time and balance. Find out what he's learned HERE at ICV2.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, October 20, 2022

From music to events to marketing to retail

JD Sutphin, Big Lick Comics, and Big Lick Comic Con, courtesy Sutphin


JD Sutphin ditched his job in radio when his boss wouldn't let him take bereavement leave. "I not-so-eloquently told him to kiss my ass," Sutphin said.

But Sutphin took his knowledge of running events he picked up while in radio, and started his own events company, which expanded into a marketing agency, and even a retail store. Read his journey and learn what's he's learned HERE at ICv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Sunday, September 18, 2022

The third time's a charm in running your own business


Black Star Collectibles and Feon Cooper, courtesy Cooper

It took Feon Cooper three tries—driving an ambulance before and and the middle—to get it right in opening and sustaining his own business. But with the aid of his partner, Kareem Burton, Black Star Collectibles is thriving with two stores. See what he's learned HERE at ICv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Two stores and a 40+ year legacy


Photos courtesy Geoffrey's Comics

Geoffrey Patterson owns two comic stores that have been institutions for 40+ years: Geoffrey's Comics, which he inherited from his father, and Hi De Ho, which he bought. It's a lot of weight to carry, but he carries it happily. Read about what he's learned HERE.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, July 15, 2022

Comic store sales 2022: Still booming!


Pandemic lockdowns of recent years gave people more time to read, and re-connected them with their collectibles. Result: Comic store sales BOOMED in 2021.

The good news? The trend is continuing in 2022, albeit at a slower, but still upward, pace. Click on over to ICv2 for both some anecdotes and hard numbers.

Jim McLauchlin