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A Comic Book Retailer’s Take On The ‘All-New Number One’ Issue [Guest Editorial]

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Last week ComicsAlliance published an editorial by Matt D. Wilson's titled What Does A Number One Issue Mean? In that piece, Matt criticized American comic book publishers' reliance on the "all-new #1 issue" scheme, describing it as a "myth" with respect to creative direction and a "stunt" with respect to sales.

After reading Matt's piece, Brandon Schatz of Wizard's Comics in Edmonton penned an insightful look at the topic from the point of view of the retailer, to whom the shiny new #1 issue is also squarely aimed. It's with Schatz's gracious permission that we're publishing his words, which have been edited only slightly so as to add images, relevant links and conform to CA's style guide.

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Everyone is Bleeding: Brian Wood on Dark Horse and Digital Comics

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Dark Horse Comics announced last Thursday that it would begin offering digital versions of its comics and graphic novels on the same day they go on sale in comics shops and bookstores. The plan, which goes into effect December 14, brings the publisher up to speed

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Touring the Marvel Retailer Resource Center [Review]

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As evidenced by the fact that I still have the occasional nightmare about missing order deadlines, I worked at a comic book store for six years. During that time, I became pretty familiar with the struggles and annoyances that retailers go through, and even though I haven't been on that side of things for a while now, I'm still interested in the things that make it easier for the people running the shops to get comics into the hands of the customers

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Ask Chris #69: Workin’ Man Blues with Diamond Comics Distributors

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Pardon if you've already been asked and responded, but is there anything you especially miss about working in a local comic shop? --

A: No.Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. For those of you who don't know, before I switched to the freelance writing career th

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‘Justice League’ #1 Scores More Than 200,000 Pre-Orders

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With DC Comics' line-wide relaunch kicking off next week, the industry has been holding its collective breath wondering whether the publisher's gambit will be rewarded with sales proportional to the event's robust marketing efforts

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PSAs From Panels: How to Preorder Your Comic Books [Comic]

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After the response to the recent Public Service Announcement by the cast of The Rack, a webcomic set in a comic book shop called Panels, ComicsAlliance will be featuring more helpful Public Service Announcements

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