On this week’s episode of Off Panel, comic shop owner Brian Hibbs joins the show to talk about the state of comic retail. Hibbs discusses how his shops are performing in 2017, whether Marvel’s downturn has impacted other publishers, the idea that trades can solve everything for a book that doesn’t sell, how Rebirth is holding up in his stores, whether there’s a cyclical relationship between Marvel and DC, customer interest in DC’s Metal and Dark Matter endeavors, the trouble with lenticular covers, the grim outlook for Marvel Legacy, why some shops buy into variants, the gates and discounts of Legacy, the immense volume of titles these days, and more.
As a heads up, in the middle, there’s a bit of wonky audio, but it cleans up pretty quick.
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Header image is from the Marvel Legacy teaser, art by Joe Quesada. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.