Michael Tierney was on with RJ Carter of Critical Blast last night talking about the Comic Industry Shutdown in wake of the COVID19 pandemic.
There’s talk that new comics will not be shipping until June at the earliest, which is absolutely killer for these businesses. While you can say “buy backstock!” and “buy some trades!”, and that does help, it’s a bandaid. Subscriptions of weekly comics are these stores bread and butter. There are some people out there saying “nobody buys new comics anyway, they’re all trash!” but these people have no idea what they’re actually talking about. Every week, there are several dozen titles coming out with several hundred people buying multiple titles every month.
No new product is going to kill these stores.
Do what you can to support Michael. We are.
What we’re doing:
Every week, I’ve been going in, spending 2 hours or more going through the bargain bins. I’ve picked out every remotely interesting looking indie title I could string an reasonable run together. I’ve made it through the M’s. I’ve also bought supplies [boxes, bags, boards], since right before the shutdown, he got a big order of supplies in. Plus I need them for the literal hundreds of floppies I’ve been buying.
What you can do:
If you’re in central Arkansas, you can do what we’ve been doing [but I’ve kinda picked the bargain bins clean in Little Rock through the M’s… but you may find something YOU like].
You can buy Wild Stars. If you’re not in Arkansas, you can buy them online from the links here. If you find copies of the Wild Stars hardcover on eBay, Michael is listing these himself; he’ll sign and personalize them for you.
If you ARE in central Arkansas, go to his stores, buy copies of Wild Stars from him, not us!
For more info on Michael Tierney, his comic stores, the Wild Stars, visit his website www.thewildstars.com.