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Fri, May 19th, 2006 - Issue #59
The question of how to display comics and graphic novels in your store is a tough one. Do you rack by publisher? By genre? By creator? James takes a look at how best to sort your comics and how he's decided to do it in his own store. Plus, a 30-page preview of the AiT/PlanetLar GN "Shatter."

Fri, May 12th, 2006 - Issue #58
James is back with one of his looks at the great comics shops across the country. This week he takes a look at Speeding Bullet Comics & Ricochet Cafe in Norman, OK. Yeah, you read that right, it's a comic shop and a cafe!

Fri, April 28th, 2006 - Issue #57
James is back with a chat with Isotope Mini-Comics winner Danica Novogorodoff. Learn more about her comic "The Late Freeze," how she got startded in comics, her day job at First Second publishing and how one comic creator told her she wasn't ready for comics.

Sat, April 15th, 2006 - Issue #56
Last weekend, San Francisco played host to the Alternative Press Expo convention. This week, James talks about the convention as well as the winner of the 2006 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.

Fri, April 7th, 2006 - Issue #56
This week, James begins his look at some of the new breed of comics retailers. Today, he shines the Comic Pimp spotlight on Los Angeles' own Secret Headquarters.

Fri, March 31st, 2006 - Issue #55
The Pimp is Back! James Sime returns to THE COMIC PIMP this week as he begins a multi-week look at a number of new comics retailers employing a different style and approach to bring you your weekly dose of comics. Plus, a handful of previews from books shipping in May and June.

Wed, June 22nd, 2005 - Issue #54
James is back with the first of six new Comic Pimp columns! He starts by beginning a look at how to open your own comic book store. Then takes a look at how the industry is responding to the need for comics geared towards kids. Plus, much more.

Fri, April 15th, 2005 - Issue #53
James checks in to talk about the winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, a creator long time CBR visitors should be familiar with, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey.

Thu, March 24th, 2005 - Issue #52
James takes a look at what Marvel Comics' return to 7-11 means for the direct market, both the good and the bad, the advantages and disadvantages and what it means to the comics industry as a whole.

Fri, February 25th, 2005 - Issue #51
James shares "A Thought On Life," "A Word About Retailing" and "A Surprise Visit" for readers this week. Plus, what the Isotope staff is reading this week and much more.

Mon, February 14th, 2005 - Issue #50
James bring you some Comic Pimp love on Valentines Day with a new column and the answer to the question, "What is the coolest thing ever to happen in you store?" Plus, couriers jumping, a Martin Emond sketchbook gallery and more.

Mon, January 31st, 2005 - Issue #49
James takes a look at the future of Image with a long spotlight on the June debuting Image Comics series "Strange Girl," by Rick Remender and Eric Nguyen. Definitely something you won't want to miss.

Wed, January 19th, 2005 - Issue #48
James Sime makes a grand return to the Comic Pimp and answers three questions you've been sending him including "Where is the Comic Pimp?" Plus, James share's his love of everything "2000AD" and much more.

Mon, November 1st, 2004 - Issue #47
James takes Joe Casey, Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli to the prom this Wednesday ... well, sort of. James celebrates the release of "The Intimates" #1 at the Isotope this week and in anticipation of that event talks with the creative team.

Mon, October 11th, 2004 - Issue #46
This week, James shares some of his ideas on how to make in store events as succesful as they can be with a look at upcoming events, catering events to your particular city and much more.

Mon, September 27th, 2004 - Issue #45
This week James sits down with writer Andy Diggle for a lengthy chat about the Wednesday release of "Adam Strange." Andy talks about why he took the job, how he got in to the character and much more.

Fri, September 17th, 2004 - Issue #44
James sits down with "Skyscrapers of the Midwest" creator Josh Cotter and AdHouse Books publisher Chris Pitzer to talk about the book and mini-comics.

Tue, August 17th, 2004 - Issue #43
Part three of James' San Diego Uber Pimp virtual comic convention continues with a look at another large assortment of books. James gives you the low down on each with a preview.

Mon, August 9th, 2004 - Issue #42
Another week of the virtual convention in this edition of The Comic Pimp. James Sime gives you a look at another host of comics that you may or may not have heard of. Check 'em out.

Fri, July 30th, 2004 - Issue #41
A couple weeks back James asked creators to send in previews of their books and today we see the first batch of previews. This week The Pimp's got fourteen different comics for your to preview. The virtual comic convention begins this week!

Fri, July 9th, 2004 - Issue #39
The Pimp Is Back! For James Sime, his column is about getting comics noticed. And that's just what he plans to do. Read inside to find out how you can get your comic noticed in this very column.

Mon, June 21st, 2004
Standing in memory of Douglas Adams, CrossGen bankruptcy news, an unused Brian Hitch "Ultimate Fantastic Four" cover, how much say do the new X-Creators have on the title, Diggle and Yu on Wildstorm title and much, much more. Updated

Thu, June 17th, 2004 - Issue #40
How can a publisher receive the love of a comics retailer? James gives you some examples on what publishers have done for him and how publishers and retailers can learn from those collaborations.

Sun, June 13th, 2004 - Issue #38
Listen up comics publishers, James wants your time for a few moments to talk about comic covers. Which ones work and which ones don't? You might be surprised by his list.

Fri, June 4th, 2004 - Issue #37 1/2
Zombies take over a San Francisco comic shop and we've got the pictures. It's the aftermath of the "Remains Zombiefest" with loads of pictures from the event. What do azombified Steve Niles and Kieron Dwyer look like? We've got the evidence.

Fri, May 28th, 2004 - Issue #37
This week James shares with you how to throw a comic signing for the undead, plus a chat with "Remains" creators Steve Niles and Kieron Dwyer.

Fri, May 21st, 2004 - Issue #36
The zombie contagion has hit comics big time! James takes a look at some of today's top comics featuring those walking corpses like "The Walking Dead," "Remains," "The Goon," "El Zombo," "Shaun of the Dead" and many more.

Fri, May 14th, 2004 - Issue #35
James Sime takes a look at the return of Atomeka Press and talks with Atomeka partner Ross Richie about the company. Plus, loads of exclusive artwork from "The Dave Johnson Sketchbook."

Fri, May 7th, 2004 - Issue #34
James shares with his readers an account of his experience at WonderCon this last weekend as well as pictures from his latest in store event hosting a party for "Supernatural Laws" Batton Lash.

Fri, April 30th, 2004 - Issue #33
James sits down for a chat with the International Comic Arts Association's Executive Director Erik Enervold to find out more about this new comics trade organization.

Fri, April 23rd, 2004 - Issue #32
James sits down with AiT/Planet Lar and "Planet of the Capes" writer Larry Young to talk about the new graphic novel and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at early work on the series.

Sun, April 18th, 2004 - Issue #31
James Sime returns with some thoughts about the cancellation of "Wildcats" and "Stormwatch," a look at what led to the cancellation of these titles, what's happened to the Wildstorm line and much more.

Fri, April 2nd, 2004 - Issue #30
James gives you an introduction to a new comics trade organization, the International Comic Arts Association.

Fri, March 26th, 2004 - Issue #29
Titled "When World Premiere Television and Funnybook Shops Collide," James tells the story of another very unique in store event held only the way James knows how.

Fri, March 19th, 2004 - Issue #28
James Sime remembers comic artist Martin Emond ("White Trash," "Lobo") by recounting his own personal experiences with him and a look at his body of work.

Fri, March 12th, 2004 - Issue #27
A look at what in-store contests can do for your store and the different ways of implementing them, plus a look at "Vogelein: Clockwork Faerie" and "Hel On Ice."

Fri, March 5th, 2004 - Issue #26
"Whether intentional or accidental, the evolution of comic selling has brought the culture of comics to the forefront of retailing." What's James mean by this? Read on to find out. Plus an interview with "Hench" artist Manny Bello, one of James' homegrown heroes.

Fri, February 27th, 2004 - Issue #24
"Comics need more fun, dammit." So says James Sime. This week he gives you a look at the events that happened in and around this years Alternative Press Expo with a massive gallery of pictures and images from the various parties held at the store.

Fri, February 20th, 2004 - Issue #23
James gives us all a look into a day in the life of a comic pimp, errr, retailer. While this may not be a typical day, it's an eventful one. Plus, a look at a new original graphic novel called "Hench" coming from AiT/PlanetLar.

Fri, February 13th, 2004 - Issue #22
James sets the Valentine mood with a look at a selection of great romance comics with varying degrees of sweet and sour. Books include 'Preacher,' 'Jinx,' 'Love Hina,' 'Blankets,' 'Kill Your Boyfriend,' 'Marmalade Boy,' 'True Story Swear To God,' 'Ultimate Spider-Man' and 'Clumsy.' Plus, follow-up to last week's column on the YASLA Library list.

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