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Tilting at Windmills - 9/19/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 9/19/2014

This month Brian Hibbs talks about the pain of the monthly pain retailers have to deal with when it comes to order forms and guessing what will sell.

Tilting at Windmills - 8/1/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 8/1/2014

This month Brian Hibbs looks at the many problems facing the Direct Market, including how some publishers are making it more difficult for retailers.

Tilting at Windmills - 6/20/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 6/20/2014

Brian Hibbs talks about the art of ordering comics, how costs come into play and how the most worthless coin -- the penny -- is kind of worthless.

Tilting at Windmills - 5/23/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 5/23/2014

Brian Hibbs offers his takeaways from the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas and gives his thoughts on Bob Wayne leaving DC Comics.

Tilting at Windmills - 4/17/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 4/17/2014

Brian Hibbs weighs in on Amazon's purchase of comiXology and what the potential ramifications are for the future of printed comics.

Tilting at Windmills - 3/20/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 3/20/2014

Brian Hibbs digs through 75K back issues at his new location and compares the difference between selling vintage comics versus collected editions.

Tilting at Windmills - 2/20/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 2/20/2014

Brian Hibbs' annual analysis of the sales numbers for graphic novels in the bookstore market finds some new entries in 2013.

Tilting at Windmills - 1/16/2014

Tilting at Windmills - 1/16/2014

Brian Hibbs is now the owner of a second store, and he breaks down the how and why, as well as the many challenges new stores face.

Tilting at Windmills - 11/14/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 11/14/2013

Brian Hibbs contributes to Fantagraphics' Kickstarter campaign, even though he's leery of it. Plus, the value of the OGN versus serialized comics.

Tilting at Windmills - 10/18/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 10/18/2013

This month Brian Hibbs gives some final thoughts on DC's Villains Month and the problematic theory that envisions potential comic book readers as water in buckets.

Tilting at Windmills - 9/20/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 9/20/2013

This month Brian Hibbs tackles the tricky subject of how to get rid of overstocked books, analyzing the many factors that lead to books not selling and how he stocks his store.

Tilting at Windmills - 8/1/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 8/1/2013

This Brian Hibbs tackles the topic of cover design, both in terms of artistic value and how bad -- or good -- design ultimately impacts sales on the racks of comic book stores.

Tilting at Windmills - 6/20/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 6/20/2013

This month Brian Hibbs examines what the habits and desires of comic buyers, the role of sincerity in new comics and the potential pitfalls of DC Comics' upcoming linewide Villains Month event.

Tilting at Windmills - 5/17/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 5/17/2013

Brian Hibbs examines the miniseries and why exactly he hates it as a retailer, as well as why it makes more sense to put his faith in ordering ongoing titles with backlist potential.

Tilting at Windmills - 4/11/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 4/11/2013

Brian Hibbs returns from a brief hiatus and finds a lot to like about the comics industry -- thriving print sales, being inspired by the annual ComicsPRO meeting and more!

Tilting at Windmills - 2/14/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 2/14/2013

Brian Hibbs returns with TILTING AT WINDMILLS' annual analysis of the 2012 sales numbers for graphic novels in the bookstore market, discovering a few surprises in the process.

Tilting at Windmills - 1/17/2013

Tilting at Windmills - 1/17/2013

With three months worth of data under his belt, Brian Hibbs weighs in on the initial success of the Marvel NOW! initiative, looking at its strengths and potential weaknesses through the prism of DC's New 52 reboot.

Tilting at Windmills - 12/6/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 12/6/2012

This month, Brian Hibbs reflects on November's surprising news from DC Comics regarding its digital publication schedule and what it means for him - and the rest of the comics retail industry - moving forward.

Tilting at Windmills - 11/15/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 11/15/2012

Brian Hibbs returns with a look at Marvel and DC Comics' lower-selling titles, weighing the likelihood of them losing money on a monthly basis rather than earning and asking why they continue to exist.

Tilting at Windmills - 9/13/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 9/13/2012

In light of a recent debate amongst retailers, Brian Hibbs tackles the touchy subject of variant covers -- and how publishers, retailers and readers are all complicit in their growth.

Tilting at Windmills - 8/16/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 8/16/2012

Almost a year in, Brian Hibbs examines the sales impact of DC Comics' New 52 -- not just on DC's titles, but the entire comics market as a whole -- and likes what he sees.

Tilting at Windmills - 7/27/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 7/27/2012

Brian Hibbs looks at everything we know about Marvel NOW! at this point and while he has high hopes for it, he finds himself having difficulty finding a hook to sell his customers on the publisher's post-AvX reboot.

Tilting at Windmills - 7/5/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 7/5/2012

Bran Hibbs returns to express his delight at the continuing and growing success of Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" and explains why the hit zombie Image Comics title is the model he hopes more creators will follow.

Tilting at Windmills - 5/10/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 5/10/2012

In his latest column, Brian Hibbs looks at his store's record breaking Free Comic Book Day, the new DC Entertainment regime, Diamond miscues, and digital storefronts

Tilting at Windmills - 3/22/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 3/22/2012

Brian Hibbs reflects on the reality of digital comics as opposed to what publishers and stores thought they would mean to the industry, and how to harness them to help increase the overall comics market.

Tilting at Windmills - 2/9/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 2/9/2012

Brian Hibbs returns with TILTING AT WINDMILLS' annual analysis of the sales numbers for graphic novels in the bookstore market, and discovers a few surprises in the 2011 data.

Tilting at Windmills - 1/12/2012

Tilting at Windmills - 1/12/2012

Brian Hibbs takes a look at the end-of-year sales charts and wonders openly about Marvel's backlist and the continuing problems he and other retailers have in keeping the publisher's collections in stock.

Tilting at Windmills - 12/15/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 12/15/2011

Brian Hibbs examines the idea that comics can turn the corner and find a greater audience, as well as the problem of "waiting for the trade" from the perspective of retailers and publishers.

Tilting at Windmills - 11/17/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 11/17/2011

Brian Hibbs examines Month 3 of DC Comics' New 52 titles, day-and-date digital release snafus and Marvel's decision to add "free" digital copies to its "Ultimate Comics" lineup.

Tilting at Windmills - 10/20/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 10/20/2011

Brian examines the second month of DC's New 52, the impact of digital exclusivity on brick and mortar retailers, and some potentially underhanded tactics by a major publisher.

Tilting at Windmills - 9/22/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 9/22/2011

Brian Hibbs examines the DC relaunch now that the first 3 weeks of New 52 titles have arrived, focusing on reigniting reader interest and problems with the current business model.

Tilting at Windmills - 8/25/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 8/25/2011

Brian Hibbs takes a close look at the details in DC Comics and comiXology's digital storefront FAQ and is not at all pleased by what he discovers.

Tilting at Windmills - 7/14/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 7/14/2011

Selling trade paperbacks is like printing money for comic stores, right? Brian Hibbs explains why that's not really the case and why publishers should probably be cutting back on the collections.

Tilting at Windmills - 6/9/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 6/9/2011

Is 52 the magic number? Brian Hibbs is back with an in-depth look at DC Comics' September relaunch and how it all fits in to the modern-day realities of the Direct Market.

Tilting at Windmills - 5/20/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 5/20/2011

Brian Hibbs looks at how the combination of an economic depression combined with publishers' over-production and poor scheduling is slowly strangling the life from the Direct Market.

Tilting at Windmills - 3/24/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 3/24/2011

Brian Hibbs looks at the lessons to be learned from what happened to Comic Relief in the wake of Rory Root's passing, plus what the current Borders crisis illustrates about the benefits of buying locally.

Tilting at Windmills - 2/9/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 2/9/2011

The time has arrived for the annual TILTING AT WINDMILLS analysis of the sales numbers for graphic novels in the bookstore market, and the 201 numbers hold a number of surprises as Brian goes more in depth than ever.

Tilting at Windmills - 1/20/2011

Tilting at Windmills - 1/20/2011

This month, Brian Hibbs discusses Patton Oswalt's recent Geek Culture rant/dissertation, deciding the actor didn't go far enough, especially with regards to the role of today's day comics industry in pop culture.

Tilting at Windmills - 12/16/2010

Tilting at Windmills - 12/16/2010

Brian Hibbs is at it again this month with a look at 2010 sales figures, an examination of "deconstructed" storytelling, the effect of event comics and rising prices on periodical sales and more.

Tilting at Windmills - 11/12/2010

Tilting at Windmills - 11/12/2010

Brian Hibbs returns this month with a look at the sales of "Superman Earth One," JMS' announced move to OGN and self-contained, shorter stories, predictions of the death of the monthly periodical and more.

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