25 January 2017

We had our Pokemon Pre Release last Sunday and it was a huge success! We had 86 people show up to play which as of today is the largest Pre Release in the state by 22 people! There is still a week to go for other stores to beat it but as of right now, Gabe has a nice feather in his managers cap.

We have another higher level Pokemon tournament this Sunday and will be interesting to see if we get any boost from our Pre-Release. The game overall is growing fast across the US but Spokane seems to be ahead of the curve on this one player wise. We are lucky we got into it when we did so we were ready to ramp up quickly when it hit.

All the cups and mugs are now up at the Northtown store so we can now start playing with the back wall. Along with that, we should have a regular supply of new games coming in starting in two weeks set up a bit like our comic book shipments. Game distribution is considerably different than comic distribution and I have been trying to figure out a way to mold it more to the way I do our comics and I think I figured it out. Hopefully.

Our second group of t-shirts for the division store should hit this week or early next! Small quantities of multiple styles.

If you havent seen the 2nd trailer for Logan yet, here it is. It looks to be the best of the Wolverine movies so far.

11 and 18 Jan 2017

The after Christmas restock has started! We have been getting in huge shipments of new t-shirts and stuff at the mall for the past week and a half and today we just got in a large order of all new mugs and cups! Those will all be at the mall Comic Book Shop and also at Candy Works.
The Division location has been packing up their mugs and cups and moving them up to the mall location to make room for new stuff! We will bring it all back next October in time for Christmas.
Division has started receiving new t-shirt designs in limited quantities. We will have several new designs each month and move previous months out as quickly.
There is a new Pokemon release this month and of course we have a pre-release tournament. Pokemon is on a huge upswing and we have about 40 people who play each Tuesday—If you would like to learn, we hold classes the last Saturday of each month at 2:00 and they are just $5 for an hour and you get to keep the deck we teach you with. I play each week along with my son and it wouldn’t take you much effort to get better than me and kick my butt every Tuesday.
Free Comic Book Day is already back on the radar. The books are all in the current Previews and include a new Scottie Young book, a Rick and Morty, a new Spider-man and a Mysterious DC book. Of course the DC might not be mysterious, they might just no know what they are doing yet and are just pretending…..

-Craig!

We have almost finished packing up the mugs and cups from Division – there were a ton more than I thought there were. They should all be up at the mall withing a few days and we can start on the back wall. Right now, it looks like it will make a nice display for board games and wall art for the next couple of months. We will see what it morphs into.
I am putting in another tshirt order for Division this week as it looks like we already need some new designs. I like the small incremental orders better at the Division store better than trying to do it like the mall and just order a ton of a million styles. They have the traffic for that kind of ordering which Division lacks.
Division should be getting in several new/old statues in this week to add to the batch that we got in several weeks ago. If you havent seen the last batch, they are in the bookcases near the used graphic novels and include Grendel, Batman and even an Aeon Flux!
The first of the Marvel promotional comic boxes arrived this week and they look great! They are about the same size as a regular short box and feature Champions art on each side and top and only cost 5.99! Hopefully this program will continue as its probably the best promotional type item Marvel has offered in years.
-Craig!

3 January 2017

Its the new year! Spring is just around the corner! I cant wait.

It was a very good year for us and I would like to thank everyone who helped make it happen! That means you! We really appreciate all the support and friendship that you have given us for this year and for the past 27. I am grateful that you have helped make us one of the longer lasting comic book stores in the US. I think the average life span of a comic book store is under two years and very few that make it past that even get to five so what you and all of the current and past employees here have accomplished is really something special.

I would also like to get a special round of applause for our wonderful staff:

At Division we have Steven and Kevin! Our weekly bagging staff is Andy, Shawn, Adam, Madison and sometimes Keith and DJ!

At the mall we have Gabe, Jen, JW, Mitch and Josh!

At Candyworks its Anna (who works all three stores), Moonie, and Trinity!

They all put in a lot of effort each week to make the stores and events run smooth and look effortless which is a huge pain in the butt at times but they usually pull it off and you seldom hear the behind the scenes screaming, cussing and pain.

I hope you all have a great upcoming year and I am looking forward to lots of new directions and tinkerings ’cause thats what I really enjoy!