RICH REVIEWS: Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture
Title: Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture
Publisher: Swallow Press
Author: Dan Gearino
Price: $ 26.95 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: ohioswallow.com, dangearino.com
Comments: This book gives you insights into how comic books shops are run and the people who run them. The Laughing Ogre is one such shop. Many more were to come and still exist to today. We learn here some of the people involved in the creation of comic book shops and distribution of comic books. You will be informed and the writing is done in a style that does hold your attention.
The Laughing Ogre is mentioned a lot. It passed through a number of owners but stayed operating for 21 years and still going.
In the comics field the stores depend on the quality of the comics so if they are lacking sales go down and stories suffer.
We get a brief look at women involved in comic shops. Comics have evolved over time and some are now made to focus on female readers. Also females were working in comic shops and they knew what they were doing as well as any male.
This book will inform you and it provides you with names and places of all the relevant people and comic shops that helped to shape the comic book industry into what it is today. It also gets into the differences between a collector and a reader.
Comics companies have tried many things such as relaunches to boost readers. It worked until it did not.
Steve Geppi is another man who contributed so much to the comics industry.
Comic Shops not only sold comics but they helped to support the talent making the comics.
This book lists the most notable Comic Shops in the United States and Canada. If you are a fan of comics you would love to visit them and you could since their names and addresses are listed here.
This is a well written and thought out book. If you want to learn more about the ups and downs of running a Comic Shop you will enjoy this. If you just love comics you will learn lots about the business side of selling and marketing them.
This book will educate and enlighten you.