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gojira

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  1. Thank you. Wings 94 is my favorite of the run as well (but I like 90 just as much).
  2. Not that much. Most of our online sales are toys. Then we sell a few trades but people prefer buying single issues in store.
  3. I think that more people would buy these if the main story was a few pages longer, but my customers don't care about the back-up stories. The $4.99 Marvel books sell much better than the DC ones.
  4. The $4.99 have a back-up story. But the customers that I have talked to don't care for them. I don't mind a decent relaunch that much as I usually do well (sales wise) with these but Future State killed DC IMHO. Another Suicide Squad #1? I totally understand that no one buys that book and others like it.
  5. Yes, it's crazy. I just reduced my quantity for issue 3 in the FOC to 25 copies.
  6. Yes, I'm in France. The situation hasn't and still isn't easy here as well. Two strict confinements and we are in another semi confinement right now. We have curfew as well since the beginning of the year which means that stores close earlier than usual. Marvel is doing OK and Image too. The problem is that we don't know what will happen next and I have to try to adjust orders predicting the future here. If there's a lockdown sales go down drastically and I still have a ton of overstock from the first two lockdowns. This weeks DCs are ridiculous once more. No one cares about Joker #2 for example. It's just another ridiculous first appearance. Luckily a customer is going for the one per store variant which will help a little with the regular covers that won't sell. I don't get it either, how come that Image and other independent publishers manage to continue releasing single issues at a decent price and trades as well?
  7. DC have become a joke and most of my customers are steering away from it. I have been a retailer for close to 25 years and sales never have been this low. Future state was a disaster and the Infinite Horizon titles are selling even less. I ordered 70 copies of Batman Urban Legends 1 and sold 15. Even Batman is down to a little under 60 copies now which is an all time low for me. I sold 20% of my Joker 1 order. It's like throwing money down the drain. I am not taking chances with DC titles any more and order low now. If the people in power at DC don't wake up soon they will lose the few readers they have left. Comic book sales have never been as low as in the last 12 or 13 months, Covid hit us very hard. Sales were down to over 50% in some months but things are getting better now and they slowly rise again. I doubt that I will ever reach the amount of sales we had in our best years again but I'm pretty sure that better days are ahead of us. Probably not this year but I'm counting on 2022. Manga sales are up 50% and we are selling more every month. We don't have enough space for manga right now and are toying with the idea to open a store dedicated to them right next to our location because demand has been so high. It's actually nice to see some kids coming into the store again. But most of them don't care for comic books. Independents and Marvel still sell on a decent level but the recent issues of Previews are quite depressing as there isn't much in them. Deliveries are getting smaller by the week. I have multiple accounts at Diamond, one for Previews orders, one for products and goodies and one for trade reorders. It's easier for us that way as we don't need to separate new books and trade reorders when we work on our deliveries. In the past we always received more new books than reorders (box count) and now it's the other way around. This means that we still have a lot of customers who just buy trades which is good but less and less people buy the monthly books. Sales stats confirm my thoughts, I sell more trades now than monthly issues. Recent DC trade sales have been down. Customers do not want to buy over priced HC's and they are not attracted by the current story lines. A few books have stood out but we are far away from the quantities we sold a few years ago. I sold over 200 copies of White Knight (hard and soft). Curse of the White Knight sold less than 30 copies. Good sellers in the past were 50 copies or more. Now I'm happy when a DC trade sells more than 25 copies and that doesn't happen a lot. I have sold between 2 and 8 copies of the recent Joker War HC's just to give you an idea. I checked sales stats for the last 12 months the other day and DC now sells approximately the same amount Marvel does. In the past I sold almost twice as many DC trades than Marvel ones.
  8. First anywhere (PMs) wins. No HOS members or probies. I reserve the right to refuse any sales. Paypal or TransferWise Be nice and don't edit I'll take it's. My feedback: Please PM me before purchasing a book if you can't make payment within 24 hours. Surface shipping can be slow lately, it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks but can take up to 7 weeks as well. Please don't purchase items if you are impatient to get them. Please contact me if you don't live in Canada, Germany, the UK or the US. I do not ship packages surface to most other countries. Returns accepted 30 days. You pay return shipping if you don't like the book, I'll pay return shipping if I missed something. I think that my prices are fair (most of the times) so please keep your offers to yourself. If I decide to lower my prices I will do so in the sales thread. PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE PURCHASING A BOOK FROM ME! Surface shipping can be long. Please do NOT purchase any books from me if you are impatient! Surface shipping only works for the US, Canada, UK and Germany. I ONLY SHIP BY AIR TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES.
  9. I haven't bought a book in two years. But I have the itch to buy something nice right now....
  10. I'm happy with the result. The book is moving again after being stagnant for a few years. I just hope that interest will not die down.One day this book will get the attention it deserves, don't know if it will be during my lifetime though...
  11. The CROW 5.5 on Clink sold for $7153. This one and the recent Heritage sale of the 5.0 make me think that there's a little more interest in the book right now.
  12. Yes, Jim is a very nice guy. When we went to San Diego he always invited us to these huge dinners and to his house. The first time he did a signing at the store was on a very hot summer day. People were standing in line outside of the store in the sun. Jim saw that, went to the store next door and bought water bottles to hand them out.