Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills

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Tilting at Windmills: Trouble on the Horizon?

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Communication & Momentum

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: In the Dark (Knight)

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: DC After Bob Wayne, Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Relaunch

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Kicked at the Start and Other Thoughts

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

Tilting at Windmills: Chaos in the Multiverse

Tilting at Windmills: 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.

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.

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