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Special Guest Blogger: Richard Lee Byers

A Note From The Comic Book Pusher:Richard Lee Byers is a lifelong comics fan, a good friend of The Comics Club, and the author of more than thirty fantasy and horror novels, including a number set in the Forgotten Realms universe and the X-Men novel Soul Killer. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazinesand anthologies Bad Dadsby Richard Lee ByersI liked everything about the new Thor movie, including the fact that the plot was based on father-son conflict. As fans know, this has often been a crucial story element in the comic. I was bemused, though, that Thor starts out reckless, immature, and irresponsible while Odin is compassionate and wise throughout (although his wisdom doesn’t keep Loki from getting up to shenanigans.) Don’t get me wrong; in the movie, this works great. In the comics, though, it’s often been Thor who’s noble and Odin who’s a douche bag, arrogant, blind, and impossible to please, perpetually pissed off that his son loves a mort…

We Interrupt This Blog For Yet Another Shameless Plug: Princessitude!

Greetings comic fans!   I promise to get back to "How On Krypton Did I Get Here" soon, but in the meantime I wanted to brag a little about Princessitude!, our line of merchandise for princesses of all ages.
   A little while back, just before all sorts of personal roadblocks distracted me from this blog, CafePress featured our Princessitude! store in its Shopkeeper Spotlight. Here's the link:
   We'd love for you to take a moment and have a look, and while your at it, check out all the new designs at our Princessitude! store.
   One more plug: the good folks at unbrokenDial Productions have been filming a comedy web series at The Comics Club's retail store in Brandon, Florida. It has been a pleasure being the setting for this very fun and funny show about a young man's nerdy journey to find true love. Episode 1 - Elephantman, is up and running on Youtube, so please have a look. Here's the link: http://www.…

Please Enjoy the Music While We Adjust Our Personal Lives

Dear Loyal Readers,

Sometimes life requires a little more of our time than we would like. That goes for yours truly as well. Illness in my family, moving (a personal move, not the business), and a few other personal obligations will keep me from the regular blog for a couple of weeks (at least). In the meantime, enjoy the music of your life, and the "fillers" here at Confessions until things get back to "normal" (whatever that might be).
   Happy trails,

   The Comic Book Pusher

This wonderful bit of animation comes via my good friend Jonathan Douglas, who, like a Mighty Hero of Legend, entered my life and added great wonders and adventures beyond the experience of mere mortals. I'll tell you more about Jon and his amazing talents in future blogs. In the meantime, enjoy the music, and the animation. -- The Comic Book Pusher

How On Krypton Did I Get Here? Part Six: "This Place Rocks!" -- The "Cheers" of Comic Book Stores

By The Comic Book Pusher

I launched the retail operations of The Comics Club in August 1994 with lots of fanfare and fun, but the months and weeks leading up to the grand opening were quite a challenge. I had other career options to consider, but none of them were as sexy as the idea of running a full-time retail business.
   One of those options was continuing my journalism career as a writer for Entertainment Retailer, a new publication being launched for retailers by the good people at Wizard Entertainment. You may have heard of another magazine they publish:Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture.
I had been in contact with Joe Yanarella, who at the time was the managing editor at Wizard, about a series of articles I had proposed for Entertainment Retailer. As fate would have it, just after Joe contacted me with the go-ahead to write the articles, I signed a three-year lease on the space for The Comics Club's new retail store. I contacted Joe, explaining th…

We Interrupt This Blog For A Burst of Cranial Flurry . . .

By The Comic Book Pusher

The next time you find yourself in your local comic book store, stop and look around at your settings. Does it look like you are at the Straw Market in the Bahamas, or perhaps a flea market? Is it anything like standing in the driveway of a home having a garage sale? If the establishment is owned by hard working, self respecting people who are doing their best to operate a quality retail store, then your answer should be an easy "No, of course not, Mr. Pusher! It's a specialty retail store!"
   I am always fascinated by the mentality of some individuals who have the gall to think that just because they are shopping in a "Mom & Pop" store it is okay to press the owner to negotiate prices on the merchandise being offered for sale. I had just such an unpleasant experience (yet again) with a customer the other day.
   This customer was new to my store. I introduced myself, proudly gave him the grand tour of our sales floor and, in response…

How on Krypton did I get here? Part Five: Where No Sane Man Had Gone Before (Or If One Did, Was Sane No More!)

By The Comic Pusher
Selling my first comic book as a legitimate comic book pusher in 1989 through my newly created mail-order company, The Comics Club, wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. At that time, most people still did not have computers, and many of those that did still did not have internet access. Even the ones with internet access could only communicate at the slowest speeds. In those dark ancient days, and for a while after, advertising and sales of back-issue comic books on a national or global level was still being done via print media advertising and mail order.    Putting together the catalog of back issues from my collection, which by then had grown to more than 3,000 comics and become my new company's inventory, was great fun. Publication layout and design was something I already had some experience with, and I put that knowledge to use. Writing the classified advertisement on the other hand, with its limited space for words, was somewhat more of a challenge…

How on Krypton Did I Get Here? Part Four: A Merchant Prince is Born

By The Comics Book Pusher
The idea that certain comic books had gained some considerable monetary value to them over the years reignited my interest and brought me back into the wonderful world of comics. This time not just for the entertainment value, although I was very much enjoying reading them again, but for a new purpose that excited the capitalist in me -- profit.
   "How do you know how much a comic book is worth?" I asked the young man behind the folding card table that served as the comic book store's checkout counter. He suggested The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, by Robert M. Overstreet. "Great! Do you have it?" I ventured further. "Nope. Out of stock," he replied from behind his comic book. "Can you order it for me?" I inquired. "No, but bookstores have them," he offered. I thanked him, headed over to the bookstore at the mall where I purchased a copy of the new 1987 edition of the Overstreet. When I got home, I read it …