Author: Anthony Falcone

In Conclusion

This is post 10 of 10 in the series “So You Wanna Open A Comic Shop?” Comic book retail in the 1990s was very different. Due to a vast distribution system there was a relatively low start up cost, and it seemed that anyone and everyone was opening up a shop with little more than a personal collection and a thousand bucks in product. This led to a glut of stores, and while some were very good, most were not and they no longer are in business. Now, being a good store doesn’t guarantee that you will be successful,...

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Spiderverse

Ideally, every comic book story should be able to stand on its own merits and not be read with previous knowledge of a shared universe. Ideally. But, of course, that isn’t always the case. There are certain tales that are specially crafted to continue plot lines set out in a character’s decade old history. So some stories really do require you to have previous knowledge of a comic book universe, or in this case, several Spider-Man Universes. The brain child of Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, Spiderverse pits the evil Morlun and his family against every Spider-Man (or woman) ever....

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What Does Success Look Like?

This is post 8 of 10 in the series “So You Wanna Open A Comic Shop?” As many of your know, Scott and I have the privilege of sitting on the selection committee for the Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailers. Part of the Joe Shuster Awards, the Kremer is given each year to a brick and mortar retail comic book shop in Canada that exemplifies the absolute best in comic book retail. We thought that touching upon our work with the Shuster Awards would be a good way to discuss success, and how you know that...

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Kraven’s Last Hunt

The 80’s was a dark, dark time in comics. Batman and Superman fought it out in the dystopian world of Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore introduced us to the dystopian world of the Watchmen, and Green Arrow fought rapists and serial killers in the dystopian world of The Longbow Hunters. If something bad could happen it did happen, and for many readers the 80’s was the decade where the comic book grew up. Many of these stories are now considered classics, and although some may seem a bit dated, it is hard to argue that these works didn’t have...

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Comic Book Conventions

This is post 7 of 10 in the series “So You Wanna Open A Comic Shop?” Once you have an established shop you may wish to sell your wares at a comic book convention. You are no longer testing the waters of comic book retail as you did before you opened shop, but rather you are now committed to renting a truck, ordering a tonne of product, and sequestering yourself in a convention centre for the better part of three days. It is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards, both monetary and otherwise, can be great....

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