Off Panel #357: Product vs. Process with Brian Hibbs
Retailer Brian Hibbs joins the show to talk about the world of comic shops. Hibbs discusses the year at his shop, Comix Experience, online stores, different paths to success, the speculator market, what’s working at his shop, the major problems facing comics retail right now, Diamond Comic Distributors’ issues, serialization, selling single issue comics, product vs. process, his graphic novel clubs, the impact of those, and more.
You can find Hibbs at Comix Experience in San Francisco and in his column Tilting at Windmills at The Beat.
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