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re: Marvel, and I hate to admit it, but I've actually added a couple of books to my monthly pull list > Hawkeye and Indestructible Hulk. Why? Because I really like 'em. And...because I have all but quit buying DC books - kinda done with the New 52 stuff, yes, even Batman.
Winter is coming...
I think one thing that repeatedly hurts Marvel (and likely DC too) is the all-encompassing epic crossover events. I've heard and read a lot of negative response for Age of Ultron, and now there is the coming Infinity epic. Before these it was the Avengers/X-Men thingy, and before that...well, I can't even remember, but you get the picture. These events tax the consumer because of pressure to collect all issues to get the "full story." Is it worth it? Depends on who you ask. Will the Marvel Universe be changed forever? I doubt it.
re: Marvel and stocking books > we are fortunate in Wilmington to have three comic book stores. Two are solid and honestly, I know little about the third store which is down by the river and is hard to find if you don't know the city. I frequent the two stores so I can speak about them > and they are doing good business. Are they getting rich? Absolutely not, but they are meeting the demands of the comic book buyers in this area. They stock up on new books > ordering to fulfill subscriber orders and to put some in their back stock. Both have Facebook pages, weekly newsletters, and eBay stores. One is basically comics only while the other also does a good business in toys (old and new). Both have good back stock, plenty of Silver Age on the walls with new collections coming in regularly.
And they PROMOTE comics! They love 'em! They get excited about 'em! They offer discounts to subscribers on new books, specials of the week, buy-one-get-one-free on trades, new T-Shirts, free Previews, and when comic-related movies come out, it's party time at both stores!
Why are they succeeding where other stores are failing? I don't know > but I do know that the owners legitimately LOVE COMICS! And it shows and their customers know it and it is exciting to go into a store where the owners are nice, friendly, call you by name, suggest new titles, and genuinely love what they do. That's why I shop there.