Retailer Bruno Batista from Dublin’s Big Bang Comics joins to talk about his path to Big Bang and what he’s seeing at the shop and beyond. Batista discusses daily variance in comics retail, how Big Bang’s online store changed things, how he ended up in Ireland, the evolution of Big Bang, staying ahead of trends, the year in the shop, working with libraries, their product mix, changing customer behavior, quality as a sales point, Transformers and the Energon Universe, Jonathan Hickman’s Marvel, Dawn of DC post Knight Terrors, single issues, manga’s performance, the larger direct market conversation, maintaining motivation, and more.
You can find Batista in Big Bang Comics in Dublin and on occasion on its Twitter.
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