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The latest Avengers film raked in $1bn in its opening week, but the shops that are those characters’ natural homes are battling to stay in business
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1) the masses want easily digestible minimum effort media. 2) reading is too hard and/or time consuming for many 3) you only get twenty pages of content on a weekly, biweekly, monthly basis from comics 4) shops don’t diversify their stock 5) publishers are going paperless online and amazon delivers so shut ins never need go outside.
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My son loves comic books but as a parent I find them expensive and some of the women's clothing isnt appropriate for a young teenager.
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I love comic books, but they are super confusing and it's hard to know where to start and what offshoots to read.
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The foot path for the general reading public does not pass by the specialty shops. Foot traffic is better going into Walgreens/CVS/Duane Reade and other pharmaceutical quick stops. Put comics back where they started from. Drug store spinner racks. No need to make them monthly, space the issues for the artists to create better panels. And make them thicker reads like they were when they were 10 cents.
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What everyone has already said about the price of comic books - but more so the problem that started years ago of having to buy twenty books, including obscure one-shots and crossovers and mini/maxi series and titles you don’t care about, just to be able to follow a story line in your target series. After a while, it’s not just the outlay of money (and time) but the feeling that you’re being taken for a “ride” by the comic book companies.
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Because for most it's easier to watch a movie than to read. That mindset in itself is kinda depressing.
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Shops in general are obsolete. everything can be purchased from the comfort of your living room couch. People go out for entertainment and might buy stuff while theyre there - obviously the old comic shops arent entertaining enough.
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Because it's becoming way too mainstream. And mainstream audiences want overpriced"geek" boutiques. Not dusty honest comic book stores.
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I used to collect decades ago and just can’t accommodate the extra monthly expense anymore, but I love that world better than the movies!
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I've also seen the whole expense argument. The average comic costs less than a pint of beer some are even less than a chocolate bar. Yet nobody blinks an eye at spending 10-20 quid to watch a film.
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It's really interesting reading some of these comments. Some are valid enough but a lot are badly misguided. I run a comic shop and I find that lots of kids still love reading comics. I have loads who buy old Beano's from the 70's and 80's. I have always strived to make my shop welcoming and accessible to hard core collectors and new or casual readers alike. I purposefully wanted to make sure that my store wasn't a dusty unwelcoming environment. But let's be honest, the real reason that shops are closing is because punters either cant be bothered to walk to town to support a hard-working local business or want to save a few pence here and there so they order from places like Amazon. That is a generalisation for sure but it is the MAIN reason local businesses are unable to stay open. The thing to remember is that any money spent at places like Amazon doesn't stay in your local community, in fact for the most part it doesn't even stay in the country. Marvel do themselves no favours with the amount of titles they release and some of the lower quality books. Also when the films first began, people would come in looking for more stories around these characters now they don't have to because the films have done so many stories that people don't feel the need to expand upon them. So it's a bit of a perfect storm really. All I would say is, a comic shop is so much more than a place that sells books and toys, it's a community and I can only speak for my store but lots of like-minded people have met and become friends through here. But all local businesses need the support of the community to survive. Maybe next time you think about dropping an order on Amazon you think about the above, give your local shop a call, I'm sure they'll post the book to you.
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