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Hi, I’ve owned a shop for over 20 years now and have been a big supporter of Walking Dead, Invincible and pretty much Image in general. I just read that there’s going to be an exclusive compendium 3 going to barnes & noble? I’m not really sure why you would want to drive people away from comic book stores and into a big box competitor of “brick & mortar” small businesses, to buy your books? We (comic book shops) are what made you the company that you are, not barnes & noble! How many fucking times do I have to see compendiums at Target & Costco for 40 – 50% OFF and then exclusives given to big box retailers before I start to believe that you’re ONLY about the money? Yeah, I’ve heard the bullshit about getting people hooked with the early compendiums and then “hopefully” they come into a comic book shop to continue the story? If that theory was true and honest, then we, brick & mortar comic shops, would be the ONLY places to get Walking Dead Compendium 3, at least for a limited time, and then mass release it? I went to the retailer breakfast in San Diego and I very much appreciate the goodie bag of exclusives that we walked away with and it really does “seem” like you guys give a shit about us? I’ve heard Robert Kirkman do many interviews on various podcasts and he “seems” like he cares too but I can’t UN-see the things that I’ve seen and I think that your actions do NOT match your words. Free stuff is not a band-aid for lost customers?
Hey Kenny, we talked over email a bit so I’ll keep this brief here, but I’ll just quickly say that of course we love our retailers, we’re comic book fans first (I still say I work for a comic book company when people ask what I do), and we want to work as closely as possible with our retail partners,
This section is here for your honest feedback (positive or negative), which I appreciate you giving.
I would love to dialog and brainstorm here about what we can do to drive traffic to LCSs when Compendium 3 comes out.
Well, actually, I’m sure any/all retailers checking in here would like to know why one vendor is being given a theoretically “better” version (because of the poster) of a core product over the Direct Market. That doesn’t seem like the right course to take for a company with such strong DM roots?
For myself, at least, I won’t complain about the variant cover — I’m sure that I could get one too if I promised to buy x thousand copies of a book — but the poster seems like a step above and beyond to this observer.
Brian Hibbs, Comix Experience, San Francisco
(If anyone else stumbles along this post, there’s a story about his here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/barnes-noble-gets-the-walking-dead-compendium-3-variant-edition that has the cover (ugly, with a two-handed Rick) and news about the poster.)
It’s my understanding that comic shops will have the compendium a week earlier than the book market (Amazon, B&N, etc), correct? You also get volumes a week earlier, I believe. We’ll try and do a better job conveying to fans that the FIRST (and best) place to pick up our collections is their local comic book shop.