Off Panel #393: Sunshine & Rainbows with Steve Anderson
Retailer Steve Anderson joins the podcast to chat about how things are going at his comic shop chain, Third Eye Comics. Anderson discusses how he manages his seven shops, the importance of being proactive, the ComicsPRO experience, DC’s smart moves, how he’s feeling about comics retail, previous pessimism, pathing customers to comics, why success felt harder in 2022, his upcoming shop launches, what’s working at his shops, trade waiting, building spectacle, what isn’t working, how to adjust to uncertainty, and more.
You can find Anderson at Third Eye Comics, his chain of comic shops in Maryland and Virginia.
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