How the Weekend Went

Sorry for the silence. Free Comic Book Day went well, and on Sunday, when I was selling fifty-cent books at a local convention, that went well, too. I just didn’t feel like talking comics afterwards for a bit. Especially since I don’t care about Civil War and as for Infinite Crisis, well, here’s the only version you need.

(I’m also feeling guilty about getting behind on reviewing again. I haven’t talked about the First Second books yet, although they’re launching this week, and the kind folks at Digital Manga just sent me a crate of their titles, so I’ve got lots to catch up on.)

There are lots of FCBD writeups around, but here’s a good one. Mike Sterling tackles some of the key questions — how to manage unfamiliar customers’ assumptions about what’s free, how to make sure what’s given out is age-appropriate, and most importantly, whether the event actually builds new customers.

I also found out this weekend that Velocity Comics, a local shop, is moving and expanding by teaming up with an ebay back issue dealer. Velocity isn’t my regular shop, because they’re far downtown near the university while I’m out in the suburbs, but the owner’s a good guy, and since they’re plugging “1/2 price used TPBs”, I’ll pay a visit once they open on June 17.

More later, I hope.

5 Responses to “How the Weekend Went”

  1. Ed Sizemore Says:

    Johanna, I was at Velocity Comics this weekend and found out about the move. I will be there for the grand opening too. I can’t wait to see what the new store looks like.

    I had a great time at Richmond Comix. It was great to see the artists, the kids and the staff. I keep telling people it is the best place for FCBD in town.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, Ed, I’m sure the owner appreciates that. There was a nicely steady flow of people all day, and it was lots of fun recommending comics for them to try.

  3. Ray Cornwall Says:

    I caught the notice about Richmond Comics’s sale too late. 50% off on Marvel Masterworks…whine…

  4. Johanna Says:

    There will be another sale July 6-8, so start saving up!

  5. James Schee Says:

    I look forward to your First Second coverage. I saw one of the volumes in a bookstore over the weekend, but wasn’t wowed by the “no one has any bones!” artwork.




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