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  • ChincymcchillaChincymcchilla Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    Mr Pink wrote: »
    The store I go to, Dr Nos, has a huge game area sort of a step down from the comic place. There is still merchandise lining the walls, but its board games and stuff so it's not really things you would sit down and read. Plus the tables are usually in use.

    I feel like a comic store with no seating would feel less friendly, which is a big factor in a customer's mind. I don't think many comic/game/nerdy fans want to just run in and run out, almost every single person seems like they want to talk about their purchases, movies, etc. The friendlier a place feels, the more money I'll pour into it, even if the selection is as little slow or late.

    you can still stand around and talk at Strange Adventures, and the staff is good about making recommendations and so on, but those are the sorts of conversations you typically have standing up, next to the shelves of comics you are talking about - sitting in chairs and talking is more for longer, in-depth conversations with your friends which is fine if you and your friends are decent people, but less fine if you're awful. Those conversations can also take place literally anywhere else. The idea of having the comic shop as a fun place to hang out is great in theory, but hard to keep from turning toxic in practice, and that's a big risk for a new store that has no idea what sort of regulars they're going to get. You're also likely to get people that have been kicked out of other stores in the area, and people hoping to "claim" the new store as their hangout. You do not want these people hanging out in your store.

    Fear, is Strange Adventures purely a comics shop?

    Cause I think that's pretty different than also being a games shop

    Also in most smaller cities/towns seems way harder to pull off

    Fair point, it is probably 90% comics, but I think the atmosphere is a big part of how it's been able to own that particular niche. We're not exactly a big city, and the shop itself is tiny.

    Yeah not to say this is impossible but in my area I've never seen one survive, but plenty of combo games/comics shops

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Weaver wrote: »
    ugh secret Asgardian sibling was already bad when they did it as Odin's brother
    Odin's brother sucked because he was incredibly generic and eeeeevil

    Jason Aaron and Al Ewing creating a new sister to Loki and Thor sounds much better

    Based on a quick search, I think her name could be either Hnoss or Gersemi.

  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    edited April 2014
    I haven't been to any of them in ages, but of the other 3 stores in the area I can think of, Giant Robot sets up a table for MTG events, but is too small to otherwise, Monster Comic Lounge has a table in the middle of the store, but they have a massive location to work with. The only time I've been by and the table was in use, it was the owner's friends playing boardgames. No idea how it effects the store atmosphere day-to-day, and Quantum Frontier is 1/2 to 2/3s board games, card games, and collectibles, with only one wall of shelves for comics, and they've never had a table set up when I was in there (though they certainly have room to, it's probably the least crowded and best laid out if the bunch.) I wouldn't be at all surprised if they set one up for special events though.

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  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    I have seen comic/gaming stores survive, I have seen gaming shops without comics survive and thrive even.

    Comic shops that don't do any of that seem way less prevalent, and I have to imagine that is for a reason.

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  • DedwrekkaDedwrekka Metal Hell adjacentRegistered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Weaver wrote: »
    ugh secret Asgardian sibling was already bad when they did it as Odin's brother
    Odin's brother sucked because he was incredibly generic and eeeeevil

    Jason Aaron and Al Ewing pulling a new sister to Loki and Thor from whatever mistranslated eddas text they cut up into pieces and stuffed in a hat sounds much better

  • mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    Yeah. Im in the absolute earliest stages of thinking and planning, because I never wanted to put the cart before the horse. But now that I'm actively trying to make this a reality, I know I need to hammer down those details that I never really gave much thought to, because I was scared.

    My girlfriend is super supportive of this idea, and when we've talked about it we talk about a comics/games shop with more of a coffehouse vibe. I have no idea how feasible that is and we've never done more than say "Wouldn't that be cool?", so we will have to give it some serious thought now. Maybe even sell snacks and stuff, during games nights.

    I've found 2 local comics shops since moving to this area. One was absolutely a "dungeon" basement, with just longboxes everywhere. It had some soft core porn, literally, behind the counter and my girlfriend felt very very uncomfortable with me there. The other shop (Local Heroes, in Norfolk, VA) is fantastic, and was kind of the inspiration I needed to really start to think about putting it together. They're very small, and mostly sell TPB's and the current months issues. No backissues at all, and very, very few games. But a super classy place that is just very comfortable to go in and browse.

    So I want something like that, but with games on top. I think it's time to sketch out a real plan, a real goal and then keep pushing forward into what it would take, financially.

    Thanks again for the awesome discussion, all. It's kept me thinking positive and upbeat in an otherwise very down time when it comes to how I may make a living the rest of my life. Much appreciated.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Just know that liquids and product that is priced depending on it's flawlessness, can be a dangerous combination

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  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    While I would love to someday have a shop like that, and have dreamed of it in the past, I know it's probably never going to happen, especially with the market so well-served here. I'd be happy to live vicariously through you and provide any advice/suggestions I can, though

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  • WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    related to small business stuff

    seeing as how so many people use coffee shops as offices, I wonder why I've never seen a copy shop that also offers some basic print services

  • WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    related to small business stuff

    seeing as how so many people use coffee shops as offices, I wonder why I've never seen a copy shop that also offers some basic print services

  • HermanoHermano Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    I've never seen a comic/gaming shop over here, probably down to lack of space maybe.

    Although the big chain Forbidden Planet has an entire floor selling various action figure ranges and assorted geek paraphernalia so I dunno

    Gaming stores are always pretty distinct though

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  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    I'd say you need some back issues though, to allow for people who want to start following a new series to get caught up. I'd try to have any issues not included in the latest trades when possible, with the number of back copies based on the number of sales/subs for that title. You can always bundle together and sell unsold copies when the next trade comes out, or give them away in promotions to get people hooked. free comic book day is great for this.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Going back to first page, but wouldn't Thanos being cast be a known factor?

    They revealed a couple weeks ago that he is in GOTG after all, right?

    Anyway a middle-aged coworker of mine saw Captain America the other night with his eight year old daughter and now apparently they both want to know all about Rocket and Groot

    Thanos will probably be CG, and if he evens talks, they can sit on that info for awhile as a surprise.

  • MatevMatev Cero Miedo Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    I'd say you need some back issues though, to allow for people who want to start following a new series to get caught up. I'd try to have any issues not included in the latest trades when possible, with the number of back copies based on the number of sales/subs for that title. You can always bundle together and sell unsold copies when the next trade comes out, or give them away in promotions to get people hooked. free comic book day is great for this.

    This is such an amazing idea it needs to be stated again. The one downside is it can be costly, but it's a great way to get people hooked on following titles or into the current "it" characters (Like Guardians or the Winter Soldier)

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  • David_TDavid_T A fashion yes-man is no good to me. Copenhagen, DenmarkRegistered User regular
    Just know that liquids and product that is priced depending on it's flawlessness, can be a dangerous combination

    I'd have to imagine that such a thing would only work if there was a clear delineation of comic and coffee shop. You can browse one place but only purchased comics go in the other.

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  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    Original Sin is shaping up to be the perfect HEY YOU LIKE THE MCU? READ THIS EVENT event without even feeling like it is all shoe-horned.

    The main cast is: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, The Punisher, Emma Frost, Black Panther, Gamora, Winter Soldier, Moon Knight, The Thing and Nick Fury.

    There are two, so far, huge psuedo-miniseries tie-ins, one featuring Hulk and Iron Man and the other Thor and Loki

    Marvel's smart

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Oh and in regards to that Avengers panel from earlier
    I'm pretty sure that's the banner from the evil avengers universe, who was lobotomized and controlled against his will. He snuck off to one of 616 banners hiding spots, who proceeded to not trust him, knock him out, and get involved in a battle between the good and evil Avengers long enough for AIM to mistake him for the bad Hulk and kidnap him with the other bad Avengers.

    So that explains why he's a dick. And possibly why he sucks at constructing insults as well.

  • DedwrekkaDedwrekka Metal Hell adjacentRegistered User regular
    Going back to first page, but wouldn't Thanos being cast be a known factor?

    They revealed a couple weeks ago that he is in GOTG after all, right?

    Anyway a middle-aged coworker of mine saw Captain America the other night with his eight year old daughter and now apparently they both want to know all about Rocket and Groot

    Thanos will probably be CG, and if he evens talks, they can sit on that info for awhile as a surprise.

    Wait, why does he need to be cg? Poitier looked excellent!

  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Dedwrekka wrote: »
    Going back to first page, but wouldn't Thanos being cast be a known factor?

    They revealed a couple weeks ago that he is in GOTG after all, right?

    Anyway a middle-aged coworker of mine saw Captain America the other night with his eight year old daughter and now apparently they both want to know all about Rocket and Groot

    Thanos will probably be CG, and if he evens talks, they can sit on that info for awhile as a surprise.

    Wait, why does he need to be cg? Poitier looked excellent!
    Because Thanos is gigantic and will be seen in more than just a quick shot

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  • BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Also Jason Aaron says if he could write an X-Men solo book he'd write Beast.

    Which now I desperately need.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    I'm pretty sure Thanos was CG in the Avengers given there are renders of him floating around. I think he was just mocapped.

  • TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    Aaron does write a good beast

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  • AtomicTofuAtomicTofu She's a straight-up supervillain, yo Registered User regular
    So apparently Ant-Man was pretty influential in developing the MCU
    We changed, frankly some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers.

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  • DedwrekkaDedwrekka Metal Hell adjacentRegistered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Dedwrekka wrote: »
    Going back to first page, but wouldn't Thanos being cast be a known factor?

    They revealed a couple weeks ago that he is in GOTG after all, right?

    Anyway a middle-aged coworker of mine saw Captain America the other night with his eight year old daughter and now apparently they both want to know all about Rocket and Groot

    Thanos will probably be CG, and if he evens talks, they can sit on that info for awhile as a surprise.

    Wait, why does he need to be cg? Poitier looked excellent!
    Because Thanos is gigantic and will be seen in more than just a quick shot

    You know Ian Holmes and Martin Freeman aren't hobbit sized in real life right?

  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    Went to pick up Ghost Rider #2 and Captain Marvel #2 today, and ended up picking up Moon Knight #1 at the same time. I guess Moon Knight #2 is already out, though? I didn't see it at either store I went to, so I might need to look further. Capt. Marvel is on the way from another store that had a copy (I guess my store has a second printing coming in a few weeks).

    I need to ask if the store does pull lists, though, because here I am already potentially an issue behind because I'm out of the loop with release dates. Is there a way to get this stuff e-mailed to me so I know what's coming up?

    Basically I am a newborn fawn in the comics world and I need some help.

  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    That said, Ghost Rider and Moon Knight were both awesome and already I'm eyeing Spider-Man as the next thing to pick up... aye carumba...

  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    Went to pick up Ghost Rider #2 and Captain Marvel #2 today, and ended up picking up Moon Knight #1 at the same time. I guess Moon Knight #2 is already out, though? I didn't see it at either store I went to, so I might need to look further. Capt. Marvel is on the way from another store that had a copy (I guess my store has a second printing coming in a few weeks).

    I need to ask if the store does pull lists, though, because here I am already potentially an issue behind because I'm out of the loop with release dates. Is there a way to get this stuff e-mailed to me so I know what's coming up?

    Basically I am a newborn fawn in the comics world and I need some help.

    Every Tuesday there's a big list of everything that's coming out that week, posted in the graphic violence sub-forum. Graphic violence is also a good place to go if you're a new comics reader.
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/categories/graphic-violence

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  • DedwrekkaDedwrekka Metal Hell adjacentRegistered User regular
    I'm pretty sure Thanos was CG in the Avengers given there are renders of him floating around. I think he was just mocapped.

    http://mitng.org/2013/11/15/mitng-speaks-with-actor-damion-poitier-about-life-and-becoming-thanos/

    Nope, armor, makeup and Poitier. There was only CG touchups.

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Also Jason Aaron says if he could write an X-Men solo book he'd write Beast.

    Which now I desperately need.

    Especially because a Beast series would mean more Abigail Brand, and I love Abigail Brand.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    It's really a shame that SWORD series never took off.

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  • Halos Nach TariffHalos Nach Tariff Can you blame me? I'm too famous.Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    Hermano wrote: »
    I've never seen a comic/gaming shop over here, probably down to lack of space maybe.

    Although the big chain Forbidden Planet has an entire floor selling various action figure ranges and assorted geek paraphernalia so I dunno

    Gaming stores are always pretty distinct though

    There're two off of Picadilly Gardens!
    Although one is more of just a comic shop which sells games I guess, and is also something of a chain I think, although it tends to be nicer than forbidden planet.
    Fanboy 3 is more of a gaming store, with tables and tournaments and such, and with all the less-than-pleasant clientele which somes with that.

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    and that list is pulled from PREVIEWSworld which is a website on the internet that you can also visit

  • HermanoHermano Registered User regular
    edited April 2014
    Hermano wrote: »
    I've never seen a comic/gaming shop over here, probably down to lack of space maybe.

    Although the big chain Forbidden Planet has an entire floor selling various action figure ranges and assorted geek paraphernalia so I dunno

    Gaming stores are always pretty distinct though

    There're two off of Picadilly Gardens!
    Although one is more of just a comic shop which sells games I guess, and is also something of a chain I think, although it tends to be nicer than forbidden planet.
    Fanboy 3 is more of a gaming store, with tables and tournaments and such, and with all the less-than-pleasant clientele which somes with that.

    Ha yeah I've just realised Travelling man does sell games I guess I just ignore that part

    I was in there today too, christ what am I talking about

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  • HermanoHermano Registered User regular
    They had a Young Avengers display up too with a suggested reading list of all the young Loki books which was cool


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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    So the Sentry book was pretty good. I'll repeat my earlier sentiments that it must have been SUPER awesome to read it as it came out, without knowing where it's going. Gonna read Tales of the Sentry next.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    Were the tie-in issues part of the collection you read?

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Yeah, it was sentry #1-5, the four team-up books and Sentry vs the Void.

  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    What did you think of the Hulk tie-in (that one's my favorite)

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  • TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    Original Sin #0 was great

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Eh, it was alright. It kind of one-noted the Hulk, when that character had been many, MANY different things over the years, and tied his ability to be anything more than a misunderstood monster to his proximity to the Sentry, which is basically denigrating the Hulk's character to prop up the Sentry's, IMO.

    I found the Spider-Man issue to be way better.

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