The Unspoken Crisis Killing Local Comic Shops

With the hashtag of #BoostYourLCS hitting the web to help comics shops everywhere, Pack Rat comics in Hilliard, Ohio pointed out something else that is hurting comics shops… and it's not lack of new readers, variant covers, late shipping books or digital editions…

It's subscribers who order comics then don't pick them up.


As the sign points out, Pack Rat has $1,481.20 in comics that were not picked up from their pull service in the last 3 months. Not I'm not sure if that's cover value or the amount they paid, but either way those books are tying up their ability to order more inventory and since they are being held for customers, they can't be sold.

If you are a subscriber at your local comic shop and haven't picked up your books in a while… either head down and get them or set them free so they can find a good home and retailers can then cycle that money back into buying more books. Maybe we need #PickUpYourBooks

It's the comic book circle of life… don't be Scar.


About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.