Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills: BookScan Numbers Show Big Book Market Growth for Comics in 2014

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Too Much Competition

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Successful Signings

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Those Who Do Not Know History...

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Round and Round and Round (and Round)

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: The Force-Fed Market

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Another Penny Drops

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Reaching the Summit

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: The Empire Strikes Back

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Two Stores, 75K Back Issues & Investing in the Past

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Digging Through the 2013 BookScan Numbers

Tilting at Windmills: Digging Through the 2013 BookScan Numbers

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

Tilting at Windmills: The Two-Store Kid

Tilting at Windmills: The Two-Store Kid

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: Fantagraphics, Kickstarters and OGNs

Tilting at Windmills: Fantagraphics, Kickstarters and OGNs

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: The Bucket Theory

Tilting at Windmills: The Bucket Theory

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: Pruning the Stock

Tilting at Windmills: Pruning the Stock

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: Cover Follies

Tilting at Windmills: Cover Follies

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: True Villainy

Tilting at Windmills: True Villainy

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: Format Matters

Tilting at Windmills: Format Matters

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: Laughing at Sunshine

Tilting at Windmills: Laughing at Sunshine

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: Dissecting the 2012 BookScan Numbers

Tilting at Windmills: Dissecting the 2012 BookScan Numbers

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.

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