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A Retailer Warns The Comic Industry About Walmart

Dennis BargerI say a retailer, you know when Bleeding Cool wants retailer invective there’s only one place to go, Dennis Barger of Wonderworld and Quick Stop Comics, Georgia

Publisher’s Weekly spoke to Diamond Book Distributors vice president  who told them, regarding the recent move of Viz Comics titles into 2000 Walmart stores that

 that there are ongoing discussions with the retailer to set up dedicated graphic novel sections. Liang called the deal, “a great example of a lot of comics people working behind the scenes toward a much bigger project at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart wants to be a part of this. Manga is first but other graphic novels are coming.”

Newsarama got confirmation that there are to be fifty graphic novel sections being trialled at Walmart store.

So what is Barger’s take? Guess what, folks, he’s not a fan. Here’s why.

I’ll spell this out for everyone really easily.

A) you make a deal with Walmart, it’s walmarts deal. It’s walmarts terms. (Walk in with your trousers down and every hole properly greased.)

B) you will be giving them a deal you’d never give the hard working brick and mortar retailers that have stood by you for 30+ years (it’s like buying your mistress a park ave condo while making your wife and 3 kids live is a shack back home) oh we will take notice, and when that whore fucks you over don’t think you’re coming over for thanksgiving, you go this route know that everything that’s left will never be yours again.

C) remember that giant gapping hole that your best buddies Borders left you with when they went tits up? That will seem like a pin prick compared to what you’ll be left with after Walmart is through with you. 50% damaged returns, 25% (minimum) shrink, the volume you think you’ll get will be an overall loss. And that much product will devalue everything. I tracked the values after reminders hit the convention market. It took years to rebound after that. It will take a decade to rebound from this.

D) your buddies and B&N will notice but they don’t care they get returns, your buddies within a mile of every Walmart will notice, Hastings, midtown, mile high, lonestar I hope you take note.

E) don’t worry about me, I divested myself of the need for these products in my mix long ago. I might lose $1,500 tops, I could dump everything in a minutes notice. I’ll stay along for the ride just to compare numbers, but that’s about it. Don’t give me “this will be great for you”, it won’t, because I’m not going to increase anything in hopes customers buy the entry level there and that I might get the scraps of what they won’t carry.

And lastly…
F) I will be in Walmart every Tuesday, I will urge retailers across the country to visit every one of these every Tuesday, and when word gets out they are breaking street date (and you know they will, constantly) don’t bother sending in secret shoppers, I’ll tell you right now, I will take a picture, send you an email, and then I will go to pick up my packages and I will rack everything on Tuesday. That’s it, I will not be held to a higher standard then somebody that is getting better terms and better service than I am. And I’ll urge every retailer to do the same.

That’s it, enjoy your new best friend.

As readers of  the Wall Street Journal knows, Dennis Barger does love going to Walmart… at least he did in 1996.

Mr. Barger, 24 years old, is a toy scalper. By staying alert to the latest fads, moving fast and using special purchasing channels, he makes his living buying toys that are in short supply and then selling them at huge markups to collectors, other resellers, or parents and children who are desperate to have them.

 

A Retailer Warns The Comic Industry About Walmart

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Rogue One LEGO Announced, Hints at Boba Fett

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2 Tone Comics Launches Its Flood Emergency Appeal

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2 Tone Comics, the comic store in Hebden Bridge that was the victim of floods over Christmas, is launching an appeal on eBay.

They’re limited to what they can put up at any one time, so you might want to bookmark their store.

But it currently includes original art from Bryan Talbot (I just took it up to £90 before bailing out) but there’s also Star Wars original art from Gary Erskine, graphic novels signed by Alan Moore and more – and more to come.

Good luck. And they promise none of the items have water damage….

 

2 Tone Comics Launches Its Flood Emergency Appeal

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The Great Star Wars Rebels Swindle Of 2016

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There is an animated television show called Star Wars Rebels from Disney/Lucasfilm. I thought I’d start with the basics here.

Back when Star Wars Rebels season 2 was released for purchase, fans could buy it online at Amazon for $27.00 for the entire season pass.

Everything was fine until about a week ago.

At which point, Disney suddenly decided to split the season in two, making everyone pay twice if they now wanted to get the entire season. Despite having, you know, already paid for it.

It then listed the second half of season 2 as season 3.

Everyone was aware that it’s not season 3 of Rebels. They were just calling it season 3 and charging the full price all over again.

To calm fans down, Disney dropped the price of each “season” from from $27 to $19.99. But that didn’t quell complaints because everyone wants what they paid for.

So then they renamed the seasons to say “volume” 2 and 3 instead.

People were still enraged, so now they put a little text box below that says season 2 part 1 and part 2.

All of these revisions were made in the past week. So the people that paid back in October are getting still not getting what they paid for.

The number of negative reviews on Amazon is staggering. And also hilarious. With 92% now giving one star.

I was shocked as everyone else here that paid for a full season two and we are now being ripped off by this false season 3 which is really still season 2. I also checked with Apple iTunes store and it is the same thing there with them charging for season 3 and not giving a full season 2 episodes so it looks like this is a greedy Disney decision that has gone the way of the Trade Federation. Everyone should avoid buying any further seasons of Star Wars Rebels to send a message back to Disney that this is not acceptable and we will not tolerate being ripped off!!!

Like that one.

Just remember this when you go to see Star Wars Episode 8. An hour in, the film may just stop and everyone will be asked to pay again to see what will now be called Episode 9, then changed to Episode 8 1/2 when everyone starts screaming….

The Great Star Wars Rebels Swindle Of 2016

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SuperQueeroes Take Berlin

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For the first time in Germany – indeed, across Europe – a museum is devoting an entire exhibition to LGBTQ comic book characters and stories.

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The SuperQueeroes exhibition at the Schwules Museum in Berlin focuses on “heroes & heroines,” covering not only superheroes but more slice-of-life comics books from the smaller press.

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A special section is reserved for the topic of AIDS, ranging from the eighties’ Condom Man to the modern day Stigma Fighters.

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And out creators are celebrated, including Tom of Finland, Alison Bechdel, Ralf König, Wolfgang Müller, Gengoroh Tagameh, Nazario, Howard Cruse, Megan Rose Gedris, Erika Moen and Kylie Summer Wu.

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The curators are Michael Bregel, Kevin Clarke, Natasha Gross, Hannes Hacke, Justin Hall, Markus Pfalzgraf, Mario Russo, with research assistant: Maria Genz. The poster designed by Swen Marcel and the exhibition designed by Matthias Panitz.

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Upcoming programming includes

1st April,  10 am – 2 pm – Masken, Glitzer, Kryptonit – With a pen and fantasy for a better world

14 April, 7 pm – “Yuri, Girls‘ Love, Shoujo Ai?! Do we have lesbian manga?” with Dr. Verena Maser

17 April, 2 pm – Live Comics Drawing with 123comics and Ka Schmitz

14 May, 7 pm – Ach, so ist das?! Reading with Martina Schradi



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SuperQueeroes Take Berlin

SuperQueeroes Take Berlin

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For the first time in Germany – indeed, across Europe – a museum is devoting an entire exhibition to LGBTQ comic book characters and stories.

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The SuperQueeroes exhibition at the Schwules Museum in Berlin focuses on “heroes & heroines,” covering not only superheroes but more slice-of-life comics books from the smaller press.

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A special section is reserved for the topic of AIDS, ranging from the eighties’ Condom Man to the modern day Stigma Fighters.

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And out creators are celebrated, including Tom of Finland, Alison Bechdel, Ralf König, Wolfgang Müller, Gengoroh Tagameh, Nazario, Howard Cruse, Megan Rose Gedris, Erika Moen and Kylie Summer Wu.

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The curators are Michael Bregel, Kevin Clarke, Natasha Gross, Hannes Hacke, Justin Hall, Markus Pfalzgraf, Mario Russo, with research assistant: Maria Genz. The poster designed by Swen Marcel and the exhibition designed by Matthias Panitz.

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Upcoming programming includes

1st April,  10 am – 2 pm – Masken, Glitzer, Kryptonit – With a pen and fantasy for a better world

14 April, 7 pm – “Yuri, Girls‘ Love, Shoujo Ai?! Do we have lesbian manga?” with Dr. Verena Maser

17 April, 2 pm – Live Comics Drawing with 123comics and Ka Schmitz

14 May, 7 pm – Ach, so ist das?! Reading with Martina Schradi



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SuperQueeroes Take Berlin