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Friday, May 07, 2010 

Another fluff-coated view of store owners

The Washington Post writes about the owners of a comic book store in the Wheaton area. Towards the end, that's where it really gets annoying:
James Wu said he and his brother are constantly analyzing comic book trends, but he acknowledges that "we don't know where the comics business is going."

They learn more from their clientele.

"We talk with customers about what's going on, which superhero is going to come back, who is going to die," he said. "Ten or 15 years ago, Superman died. That was a big deal."

One of their biggest sales spikes came not too long ago.

They sold more than 100 copies of a Spider-Man comic that featured President Obama.

Where is Spider-Man when you need him?
Better still, where's Mary Jane when you need her? What they cite here about the going-ons at a comic store only makes me feel more depressed, because they don't seem to discuss with their customers whether this is good or bad in the long term for the industry, and the big two personally. Apparently, it doesn't matter what DC and Marvel do with their universes, or whether politicians who've already proven their policies are poor are being injected into their books as a sales stunt, all that matters is if the books sell. Sometimes the business can really be quite soulless.

Is it any wonder they don't know where the comics biz is going?

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They sold more than 100 copies of a Spider-Man comic that featured President Obama.

Oh WOW, they made like 400 bucks! Beyond doubt, the comic industry is BOOMING!

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