Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fanaticon 2 This SATURDAY!

This Saturday, 5/21/2011, is the second edition of the wildly popular Fanaticon - or Fanaticon2. Last year's inaugural event drew over 3500 attendees! When you consider that a very well attended one day comic show in the carolinas is benchmarked at around 500 people, then last year's Fanaticon was off the charts! And admission is FREE! That's right, it cost's nuthin' to get in the door but we hope you will come off the hip and buy some stuff!

Like last year, convention promoter Chance Whitmire has tirelessly promoted this year's event and there is a TON of stuff to see and do. Even though the show is officially on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., there is the movie and trivia night on Thursday and a Party night on Friday night as well as a party after the show on Saturday night! Makes me wish I was still young (well I'm not as good as I once was but I'm still good once as I ever was....) but I still might show these young'uns a thing or two.

Now for the REALLY good stuff....

Like we said in the last post, we are getting out of the trade business and the big winner in all of this is YOU, the comic book fan, as we are blowing out the trades and hardcovers at 60% off! But you can do better than that - how about 70% off the list price (the price on the back of the book near the ISBN barcode)! You can do exactly that by bringing the coupon below to this Saturday's Fanaticon2

So print the coupon below, get lots o' cash out of the ATM (because we ain't takin' cards on this type of deal) and go tear Willie a new one! Limit one coupon per customer - but remember, good for ANY size purchase and ONLY at Fanaticon2. Hope to see you there!

Don't Buy Trades From Walkin' Willie's Comix!

What in the heck is going on here! Willie, shut up!

Now that I have your attention.... What I meant to say was: Don't buy trades or hardcovers from Walkin' Willie's Comix website.....but please buy from ol' Willie during convention season this year.

The reason for the above is that Walkin' Willie's Comix is getting out of the trade and hardcover business. Wny? Well, we just can't compete on price anymore - that's the main reason. When customers are coming up to your booth at conventions with an Amazon
list of trade prices that are at 50% of retail - or lower... - you get the idea pretty quickly that you just can't compete against that sort of volume. But let's look at an example - take The Walking Dead Volume 13 trade paperback that was released last November at a list price of $14.99 can now be had on Amazon - brand new mind you - for a measly $4.95 at the time of this blog entry! Well, my Diamond Comic Distributor discount was 50% so if we sold them for $4.95, we would be losing $2.55 per book - you just won't stay in business making that deal each week.

Any comic dealer selling new merchandise will tell you that the worst deal they make every week is their shipment from Diamond because if you don't get an immediate sell through, your margins aren't squat. Now if you are a brick and mortar comic book retailer, you can use your weekly shipments as loss leaders as the really nice margins for comic book retailers comes from buying collections and piecing them out for sale.

So....if I were you, I would not buy from Walkin' Willie's Comix unless it was a CGC book where the inventory is smaller but iron tight. We will soon be taking all of the trades of the website.

The good news is that you can get some really good deals from us at the one-day comic shows around North Carolina as we are blowing out the trades and hardcovers. First up is this weeks Fanaticon in beautiful downtown Asheville, NC - more on that very, very shortly.