Give out Comic Books for Halloween

SquashuaSquashua __BANNED USERS regular
edited October 2007 in Graphic Violence
Hey guys,

I'm trying to publicize a movement to get people to give Comic Books to Kids for Halloween.

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I have no other agenda, hidden, secret or otherwise.

http://www.comicspace.com/comics4halloween/

I just want fans to
1 - Give comic books instead of candy on Halloween.
Raid the quarter bins of your local comic store.
Negotiate a discount with your retailer for buying books in bulk with the intention to give them away for free on Halloween.

2 - Print out the flyer and give it to their local comic shop (with the reasons outlined on the website below).

3 - Tell everyone they know to also give out comic books.

4 - Post information about this movement to your blog.

What this does

Helps your local comic store
- new potential customers
- sales from quarter bin
- essentially free promotion

Helps kids
- no tooth decay
- promotes reading
- safe Halloween

Helps fans
- adds new future fans to the fanbase
- influences future writers / artists

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I get nothing from doing this; I make nothing from doing this.
I simply want people to give out comic books to their trick-or-treaters.
Mods gave me permission to site-whore.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    This is a cool idea. Sadly, I am so broke I can hardly buy comics for myself.

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  • KVWKVW Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Ya, it's a great idea, but at about $3 bucks a pop, it's almost impossible to have enough for the 50-100 kids that come around on Halloween to my neighbourhood. Too bad Free Comic Book Day wasnt around this time of the year or some random 10 or 25 cent comic promotion wasn't happening. Those would make excellent and economical books to give out.

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  • SquashuaSquashua __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    KVW wrote: »
    Ya, it's a great idea, but at about $3 bucks a pop...

    If you went through to the link, you'd see that the emphasis is to raid the Comic Store "quarter bins" and to negotiate a discount for buying in bulk.

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  • HooraydiationHooraydiation Registered User
    edited October 2007
    But I like my children obese and illiterate!

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sounds cool, but none of the shops in my town have quarter bins. I certainly can't be spending $1 per issue per kid.

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  • SquashuaSquashua __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Sounds cool, but none of the shops in my town have quarter bins. I certainly can't be spending $1 per issue per kid.
    Squashua wrote: »
    KVW wrote: »
    Ya, it's a great idea, but at about $3 bucks a pop...

    If you went through to the link, you'd see that the emphasis is to raid the Comic Store "quarter bins" and to negotiate a discount for buying in bulk.

    Emphasis on "negotiate". Tell them you want to buy a bunch to hand out at Halloween, and that you will name-drop the store and/or hand out thier business cards with each comic.

    See if they will give you a discount for buying in bulk.

    It all boils down to advertising and negotiation.

    Tell the retailer the benefits from promoting this movement:

    - You will have more sales from the quarter bin.
    - More of your overstock/backstock inventory will move.
    - Bulk sales to comic givers will make room for new inventory.
    - You will have new potential customers (kids!)
    - Free advertisement from customers who refer your store to parents.
    - There is no cost to you.
    - There is no other agenda, hidden or otherwise.
    - It is only to your own benefit for you to do this.

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  • SquashuaSquashua __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
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  • DraXXXenDraXXXen Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I plan to do this as well, but rather then just raiding the cheap bin from my local comics store, i'll also give away my own comics and paper clip the comic stores business card to them

    In fact, i'll be sure to toss out a few gems just for fun, since i've already read the issues (and if they are not part of my iron man or green lantern collection) then it would do more good elsewhere. Some kid is totally getting my Ultimate Spider Man #1 and Wolverine Origin #1 just for the potential awesomeness this will spread.


    edit: ah nice, just found a small pile of silver age spider man issues that I got cheap (worn condition, but still readable). Spiderman #46! 1st Shocker! haha oh yes...keep that one aside for any kid I think may already be into comics, just to give him a wicked night.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Hmmm sounds like a good idea. Just watch out when you're grabbing stacks of bargain bins that they're relatively child-appropriate - the bargain bin at my comic store is full of stuff like Lucifer and other "for mature readers" - don't want to piss off the kids' parents.

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  • HooraydiationHooraydiation Registered User
    edited October 2007
    KalTorak wrote: »
    Hmmm sounds like a good idea. Just watch out when you're grabbing stacks of bargain bins that they're relatively child-appropriate - the bargain bin at my comic store is full of stuff like Lucifer and other "for mature readers" - don't want to piss off the kids' parents.

    Indeed, isn't someone fighting off charges of distributing pornography to minors for this very reason?

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  • SquashuaSquashua __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    KalTorak wrote: »
    Hmmm sounds like a good idea. Just watch out when you're grabbing stacks of bargain bins that they're relatively child-appropriate - the bargain bin at my comic store is full of stuff like Lucifer and other "for mature readers" - don't want to piss off the kids' parents.

    Indeed, isn't someone fighting off charges of distributing pornography to minors for this very reason?

    Gordon Lee, mentioned in every article about the topic I've written.
    The story with that is "Alternative Comics" created a book for Free Comic Book Day. Gordon's store gave out all the Free Comic Book Day books for halloween. The Alternative Comics book had a singular factual panel of Pablo Picasso being nude.

    Which, in my opinion, was stupid of Alternative Comics to put in a book for Free Comic Book Day b/c the day is expressly for kids.

    Some kid picked up the book, mom saw this, and the owner of the store got in trouble.

    In addition, recently there was a teacher who gave a teenager a copy of "Eightball" comic, but that was thrown out of court or something for being 100% stupid.

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  • DraXXXenDraXXXen Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    So i guess giving out copies of 'Preacher' and perhaps 'Empowered' isn't gonna earn me any cool points with the neighbours? oh Poot! Be that way, i'll be nice :)

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Just as a side note, Gordon Lee is the owner of the shop I used to go to every week. He has a huge following of support in that area, you can't buy a pack of smokes without running into nine guys who think he's getting fucked.

    I wish I had the finances to do this, though, it sounds so much cooler than candy.

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