Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills

RECENT COLUMNS

For Creator-Owned Comics, Rights Imply Responsibilities

For Creator-Owned Comics, Rights Imply Responsibilities

Retailer Brian Hibbs hits a milestone and explains why the creators behind creator-owned titles need to stick to a schedule -- any schedule.

The Art (and Commerce) of Licensed Comics

The Art (and Commerce) of Licensed Comics

Brian Hibbs both defines and discusses what is and isn't a licensed comic book, what that means for demand, and how it affects retailers.

ComicsPRO's Astoundingly Useful Annual Meeting

ComicsPRO's Astoundingly Useful Annual Meeting

This month Brian Hibbs checks in with all the knowledge he learned from the 2016 ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting in Portland.

Looking at BookScan: 2015

Looking at BookScan: 2015

This month Brian Hibbs dives deep -- really deep -- into 2015 BookScan numbers, tracking comic sales and trends for the bookstore market.

Trouble on the Horizon?

Trouble on the Horizon?

Brian Hibbs examines what's going on with the fourth quarter crash the comic book market is experiencing right now, and how will it impact 2016.

Communication & Momentum

Communication & Momentum

Brian Hibbs looks at the art of pitching projects to retailers, how it affects everyone's bottom line, and All-New, All-Different Marvel Week 3.

In the Dark (Knight)

In the Dark (Knight)

This month, Brian Hibbs examines his approach to DC Comics' "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" and the promise and peril of Local Comic Shop Day.

DC After Bob Wayne, Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Relaunch

DC After Bob Wayne, Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Relaunch

This month, Brian Hibbs examines changes in DC Comics policy post-Bob Wayne, and what might happen with Marvel's October relaunch.

Kicked at the Start and Other Thoughts

Kicked at the Start and Other Thoughts

This month Brian Hibbs discusses a number of topics, from Kickstarter to "All-New, All-Different Marvel" and an ordering meeting at his shop.

Chaos in the Multiverse

Chaos in the Multiverse

Brian Hibbs look at the order challenges for "Convergence" and "Secret Wars" and why both happening at the same time is a risk for the market.

BookScan Numbers Show Big Book Market Growth for Comics in 2014

BookScan Numbers Show Big Book Market Growth for Comics in 2014

Comics publishers saw growth nearly across the board in the 2014 bookstore market, with Marvel, Archie and more making impressive gains.

Too Much Competition

Too Much Competition

This month Brian Hibbs examines the problem with too many titles being produced from the perspective of consumer behavior and how retailers order.

Successful Signings

Successful Signings

This month, Brian Hibbs explains the proper way to organize signings, with examples from his recent "Saga" HC event with Brian K. Vaughan.

Those Who Do Not Know History...

Those Who Do Not Know History...

This month, Brian Hibbs worries about whether gaming the solicitation process and what that means for the health of the industry's sales.

Round and Round and Round (and Round)

Round and Round and Round (and Round)

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.

The Force-Fed Market

The Force-Fed Market

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

Another Penny Drops

Another Penny Drops

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.

Reaching the Summit

Reaching the Summit

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

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

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

Two Stores, 75K Back Issues & Investing in the Past

Two Stores, 75K Back Issues & Investing in the Past

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

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