comic store in your future


Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 When Wizard World Goes Away

Comic Store In Your Future – When Wizard World Goes Away

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. I already knew this, though it was recently published in our newspaper, that Wizard World is not returning this year to Des Moines. I wish it could have. Wizards World (Entertainment Inc. now) did get a lot of online hate which I do not […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 A Good Weird Start to 2019

Comic Store In Your Future – A Good, Weird, Start to 2019

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Oh 2019, how tough of a year is it going to be? The start of 2019 for us is reminding us about what Iowa weather can be. A winter storm warning for most of Iowa had me thinking turn out for the Magic the Gathering […]


Comic Store in Your Future: Cheaper Comics Would Mean No Comic Shops

Comic Store in Your Future: Cheaper Comics Would Mean No Comic Shops

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Much has been made of comic prices, with some people claiming that they are priced above what people are willing to pay. That prices should be lowered. Lowered back to what they were decades ago. That all sounds very nice and all, but lower prices […]




Comic Store In Your Future: The Price Of Pulling A Pull Box

Comic Store In Your Future: The Price Of Pulling A Pull Box

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. A subject I have written about before has been coming back up recently. Over the years and currently, there have been plenty of articles about comic stores and the amount of comics people abandon in their pull boxes. Thousands of dollars worth at times. When I […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 Everything a Comic Store Can Be Thankful For

Comic Store In Your Future – Everything a Comic Store Can Be Thankful For

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. It is the season to be thankful. What are the things as a store owner and comic fan that I am thankful for? That we are still open, I am thankful for. I have seen too many comic and/or gaming stores close over the […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 To Be Is To Be Perceived

Comic Store In Your Future – To Be Is To Be Perceived

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Perception "a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression" How people who come into a comic store perceives the store matters a lot.  As a comic store owner, I need people to walk in and believe they should spend money. People walk […]

Opening a Comic Store in Your Future

Opening a Comic Store in Your Future

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. For this column, I am going to write about opening a comic store. I have done past columns about opening a store though it has been awhile and hope to still have useful advice. Some things I have brought up before though I still feel […]

Comic Store in Your Future: Shelf-Inflicted Injuries

Comic Store in Your Future: Shelf-Inflicted Injuries

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. At times I need to get out of my own way. Currently we have a great staff. I have people on hand that I do not worry about. Meaning I have faith in them that they will do their jobs. Sounds easy right? I […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 Lenticular Foil and Black Bags

Comic Store In Your Future – Lenticular, Foil and Black Bags

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. With the year starting to wind down the comic industry leaders seem to be getting lazy. The DC foil covers were hardly hyped by DC. I did not see what the actual product would look like till they arrived here in our shipment. The […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 Remembering Norm Breyfogle

Comic Store In Your Future – Remembering Norm Breyfogle

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. I opened up Facebook last month and saw John Ostrander had shared a post about Norm Breyfogle. The article claimed Norm had passed away at the age of 58. I was stunned. I had not read or heard anything about Norm for a while. […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 How We Sold Batman: Damned #1

Comic Store In Your Future – How We Sold Batman: Damned #1

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. The things a comic store owner deals with. I dealt with a Secret Shopper, unique people, pull lists, a comic book where Batman is showing his manhood, reading about Batman Damned #1 being sold by other stores, seeing people being upset that stores are making money […]

Comic Store In Your Future &#8211 8 Years In Fact

Comic Store In Your Future – 8 Years In Fact

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. One of the things I knew when opening up my store was that the fantasy would be greater than the reality. Meaning my dreams and hopes would be countered by reality. My customer base would be made up of largely unknown new people. The […]

Comic Store In Your Future: Vacations For Comic Shop Owners

Comic Store In Your Future: Vacations For Comic Shop Owners

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. In a sign that I think too much about the store, when I flew out to Vegas for a much-needed vacation, what was the first thing I do after getting off the plane? I stopped at a comic store. I drove up to Alternate Reality Comics. Nearly […]

Comic Store in Your Future: Why Arent More Americans Into Comics

Comic Store in Your Future: Why Aren't More Americans Into Comics?

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Why aren't more people getting into comics? It is a question that has been asked by many and debated by many. One of the many things I have learned is usually there is more than one answer to a problem or question. When I […]

Comic Store in Your Future: All It Takes Is One Employee Who Doesnt Care

Comic Store in Your Future: All It Takes Is One Employee Who Doesn't Care

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. What a roller coaster ride of a month this has been so far. Thursday and Friday sales have surged ahead — not just by a few percentage points, but by multiplying the previous week's day sales totals by a lot. Sales on Sunday beat out […]

Comic Store in Your Future: Magic Spider-Gwen and Battle Lines

Comic Store in Your Future: Magic, Spider-Gwen, and Battle Lines

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Everything changes. Some things never change. School is starting back up. With that means customers leaving us to go to college in far-off places. New customers coming that will learn about the store. We have a nearby community college that does bring people in. […]