Marketers and Promoters to join the Neptune Comics Street team.
We are Neptune Comics and we are looking for 2-3 individuals to join our Neptune Comics Street Team.
Are you outgoing, life of the party kind of person?
Do you enjoy talking to people?
Want to hang out at special events in Waukesha County this spring and summer?
Well, Neptune Comics is putting together its very own STREET TEAM and we need your help. You will go to some special events around Waukesha County and hand out fun items to the crowd and promote Neptune Comics. Mostly Saturday mornings and afternoons. This is a paid position. Pay range is $8-10/hour. Requirements are: You need to be at least 16 years of age, be able to drive, have an outgoing personality. If interested please email Craig at email@example.com for more information
Having a store in a city that is not New York, LA, or Chicago makes it tough to get talent to come and do in store signings. The main problem for a store is the cost. It costs the store to pay for the talent to travel (airfare, hotel, meals). Then there are some people who charge an appearance fee to sit in the store. Stores hope to recoup the cost of all that with increased sales of related merchandise. In order to do that the store has to advertise the event – at an additional cost. I speak from experience when I say that making any profit on these events is really, really hard to do. In most situations the best a store does is break even. At best! But most of the time the store takes a loss, chalks it up to making customers happy, and maybe ends up with a new customer.
I’ve always believed that the comic book store experience should include being able to meet and talk to comic book creators. Up until recently the only way to accomplish that would be an in store appearance and I’ve already explained the challenges of that. But with today’s technology we can now have creators “stop by” Neptune Comics virtually and tell us why we should buy their books, find out what is happening with their favorite characters, and just shoot the sh*…. . I call it SKYPEHYPE.
What is SKYPEHYPE? It’s a new way to have customers interact with a comic book creator in their own back yard, or their favorite comic book shop. A comic book shop can SKYPEHYPE with a creator and that creator gets to hangout with customers for a little awhile.
What are some of the benefits for Customers, Creators, and Retailers?
1. Get to meet the person who writes and or draws their favorite character on a daily basis.
2. Find out what it takes to get into comics.
3. Find out where a story might lead to.
4. Find out what that creator is doing next.
5. Laugh or cry or geek-out or just have fun for an hour while hanging out in the sanctuary of their favorite comic book shop. Creators:
1. Don’t have to travel.
2. Meet fans. Face-to-face marketing at no cost and in a much more comfortable chair than you get at a con.
3. Get paid more. Don’t have to spend so much time sitting at an airport waiting for a connecting flight but instead spend that time working – and hopefully getting paid for it.
4. Can drink, smoke, wear PJ’s and not brush your teeth and no one will ask you to leave.
1. Low cost. Just set up a computer with a webcam and you are set.
2. Keep the customers coming back for more, or introduce customers to other creators they might not know of. Maybe sell an extra comic book or two while you’re at it.
3. Be known as the most connected, awesome, techno-savvy hub of geek-dome on the planet!
The other night my store Neptune Comics hosted its very first SKYPEHYPE. While attendance was low, it was one of the best events Neptune Comics has ever put on. Comic book stores are known for being places where people can hang out and “talk shop.” SKYPEHYPE takes it to a new level. When Neptune Comics hosted Steve Niles we really didn’t know what to expect. Mid-way through I could just tell that it was a great way to connect our customers and myself as both a fan and a retailer with creators. We talked with Steve about the state of the industry for a bit, what he has on his creative plate, and even talked a while about John Carpenter movies. Point is everyone had fun. My hope is to host a creator SKYPEHYPE weekly as long as there is interest from creators and customers. If all the SKYPEHYPE’s are like the one last night we are doing them for a long time. If you get a chance please try to attend one of these as they go on, and let me know how you liked it. We’re planning them weekly on Wednesday night around 6 pm, so you can stop in and pick up your comics and/or hang out and join in on the SKYPEHYPE at Neptune Comics.
Thank you to Steve Niles for being our first SKYPEHYPE. It was great talking with you. We look forward to having you SKYPEHYPE with us again in the future. Our next guests will be Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner on Wednesday August 21st at 6 pm.
Working/owning a comic book store people always assume that I read everything that comes out every week. Well, that is not true. Running a business, raising a child, and life does not allow me to read as much as I would like. Almost on a daily basis I’m asked “What are you reading?” I have my favorites which I try to read right away, and there are things where I just page through to get the jest so I can tell people about what might be happening. In this post I’ll tell you what I try to read as soon as I can. I’m hoping this post will help you in trying to find something new to add to your comic book reading enjoyment.
Must reads for me:
Mark Waid’s Daredevil.
As a lot of you know Daredevil in the early 80′s is what really brought me into comics as a kid. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson could do no wrong for me and watching DD do his acrobatics across the NY landscape was just awesome for this 10 year boy living on the south side of Milwaukee. Fast forward to today. In the past 10-15 years old horn head really was a dark murky book finding Matt in all kinds of trouble and getting the you know what kicked almost on a monthly basis. Mark Waid in all his genius brought back the fun of Daredevil and made him the hero I knew growing up. The book was no longer in the shadows and all colors were bright. If you are looking for a great, great superhero book with fun and adventure pick up this run. Here’s a link to the 1st volume of the graphic novel on our website. Click here for the hardcover that basically covers the 1st 12 issues. Or Click this link for the 1st volume of the paperback that covers the 1st 6 issues.
Tim Seeley, and Mike Norton’s Revival.
What happens when the dead start coming back from the dead in a small Wisconsin town? Well that’s the whole premise of the book. If you are looking for something a little lighter than the Walking Dead in your reading pile this is that book. It is not a foul mouth, gory, over the top as Walking Dead but it is creepy (in a good way). Plus it happens in a small town in Wisconsin what more do you need? Click on this link for the 1st volume of the graphic novel or this link for the 2nd volume.
I think I’ll stop here for right now and maybe post some more titles that I’m reading in the next few days. If you are not reading these titles please give them a shot I really think you will like them.
While working in the shop yesterday I had a customer ask about DC Comics and their newest story line for the month of September called Villains Month. In talking with the customer he inquired if anyone else has said anything about wanting to get these books when they come out in September. My response was surprisingly “no”. So, that got me to thinking, why haven’t I heard anything from other customers about this? Maybe no one really knows about it, maybe I haven’t talked about it at all with customers, maybe no one really cares. Whatever the reason I decided to write a little something about this.
In the month of September DC is going to publish 52 books, each will spotlight a major villain in the DC Universe. While the August books will have the regular numbering, September will have a point system. For example Batman will be #23.1 Joker, 23.2 Riddler, 23.3 Penguin, 23.4 Bane. Not every series will have 4 books under them some may only have 2 books like Earth 2. Plus not every series will have a villains book that month, for example Catwoman, and Suicide Squad will not be published for the month of September.
So why will you want to get these books? Well, in a bit of nostalgia DC is making each one of these books with a special lenticular cover. I know you’re saying “What? Didn’t they do that back in the 90′s? What makes these so special?” Well, in speaking with a rep from DC Comics he assured me that this has never been done before and the covers look AMAZING. With that said I spoke to a couple of retailers who have seen a prototype of these covers and they agree that these covers are going to be something special. From what I understand it that the effect is the whole cover not just one little piece right in the middle.
Now here comes the important part of this conversation. DC has already set the print runs on these books before we (retailers) have even put in our orders. Plus, I’ve been told by my DC source that all the books will be allocated so that no one shop can corner the market on these books. With that being said there is a good chance that some retailers will under order on some of these titles and there will be a demand out there for these books.
We want all of you loyal Neptuners to get one if you want one. Subscribers to titles that will have the special issues will automatically receive these additional comics unless you tell us otherwise. For example, if Batman is one of your titles we will reserve all 4 books that month.
Because there is a good chance that these issues will be allocated to stores the best way to make sure you get the special issue copies you want is to pre-order them either with a subscription or pre-order online. We can’t guarantee how many extra shelf copies of these comics we will have available and my guess is they will sell out quickly across the country and here at Neptune.
Below is a full list of all the titles that are being offered with links to our website for easy ordering. Let us know right away so you don’t miss out!
Want a great deal on Marvels Ultimate Universe graphic novels? Well today is your day. Below is a list of graphic novels from the Ultimate Universe and it’s regular price then the new price. All the prices are at least 50% off its regular retail price. All you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you want, or just stop by the store and put in your order. No money due till your order comes in. Your order will arrive by July 5th. Orders due by Monday July 1st at 9:00am.
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 02
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM PREM HC QUESADA CVR
ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01
ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 02
ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES DOSM PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS PREM HC BLADE VS AVENGERS
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS PREM HC NEXT GENERATION
ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE STAND HC
ULTIMATE COMICS DOOMSDAY HC
ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE BY HICKMAN PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN ARMOR WARS PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN ARMOR WARS TP
ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN TP
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN CHAMELEONS PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN PREM HC WORLD ACCORDING
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER PREM HC VOL 01
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER PREM HC VOL 02
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 02
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 04
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 06
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 02 DOOM
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 03 N-ZONE
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 04 INHUMAN
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 05 CROSSOVER
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 07 GOD WAR
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 08 DEVILS
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 09 SILVER SURFER
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 10 GHOSTS
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 11 SALEMS SEVEN
ULTIMATE IRON MAN TP VOL 02
ULTIMATE SIX PREM HC
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 11
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 12
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN PREM HC POWER & RESPONSIBILITY
HEY KIDS! Here it is all the details for our huge After Thanksgiving Sale on November 23rd this Friday. Hope you all can make it. Oh, and don’t forget that New comics are still on Wednesday this week so you can get your favorites before going to Grandmas house.
Here is all the stuff we are getting in this week. You can go to our site http://www.neptunecomics.com and purchase the items you want on the list and we will hold them for you at the store so that we don’t run out of your favorite title.
A-BABIES VS X-BABIES #1
ADVENTURE TIME #9
ALL NEW X-MEN PARTY INVITE POSTCARDS (BUNDLE OF 100)
ALL STAR WESTERN #13
ALTER EGO #113
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696
ASTONISHING X-MEN #55
ASTONISHING X-MEN PAPERBACK VOL 09 EXALTED
AVENGERS #32 AXFO
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN PAPERBACK FRIENDS BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS
AVX CONSEQUENCES #3 (OF 5)
BART SIMPSON COMICS #76
BATMAN HARDCOVER VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)
BATMAN INCORPORATED #4
BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 VARIANT ED
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #13
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #13 VARIANT ED
BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 (OF 6) MAIN COVERS
BRIEF GUIDE TO STAR WARS SOFT COVER
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SPIKE #3 (OF 5) FRISON COVER
CAPTAIN AMERICA #19
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #638
COBRA ONGOING #18
COMIC SHOP NEWS 90CT BUNDLE #1323
CROSSED BADLANDS #16 (MATURE READER)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #17
DEBRIS #4 (OF 4) (MATURE READER)
DISNEY FAIRIES GN BOX SET VOL 5-8
DOCTOR WHO CHAR BUILDING DALEK PROG ROOM MINI SET
FABLES #122 (MATURE READER)
FLASH #13 VARIANT ED
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #13
GFT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2012 A COVER PEKAR
GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #21 A COVER CHA (MATURE READER)
GHOSTBUSTERS 100 PAGE SPOOKTACULAR
GIANT-SIZE GFT 2012 A COVER MYCHAELS (MATURE READER)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #78 A COVER QUALANO (MATURE READER)
HACK SLASH #19 COVER A SEELEY (MATURE READER)
HELLRAISER #19 MAIN COVERS (MATURE READER)
HUNTRESS CROSSBOW AT THE CROSSROADS PAPERBACK
I VAMPIRE #13
ICV2 INTERNAL CORRESPONDENCE #80
INCREDIBLE HULK #15
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #527
IRRESISTIBLE #4 (OF 4) A COVER ERIC J (MATURE READER)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #645 BURNS
JUSTICE LEAGUE BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #13
JUSTICE LEAGUE GREEN LANTERN ACTION FIGURE WAVE 2
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #8 (MATURE READER)
MARVEL TALES BY ALAN DAVIS PAPERBACK
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7
MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #1 (OF 4) (MATURE READER)
NATIONAL COMICS MADAME X #1
NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #2 BATES REG COVER OSFRTCRED
PHINEAS AND FERB MAGAZINE #13
PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1 (OF 5)
RACHEL RISING PAPERBACK VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH
RED LANTERNS #13
ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE OF THE WORLD #30
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #13
SAVAGE HAWKMAN PAPERBACK VOL 01 DARKNESS RISING (N52)
SECRET AVENGERS #33
SHAOLIN COWBOY ADVENTURE MAGAZINE PAPERBACK
SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE FLASH PAPERBACK VOL 04
SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC PAPERBACK BOOK 06
SPIDER-MAN FLYING BLIND PAPERBACK
STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #6
STAR WARS AGENT OF THE EMPIRE PAPERBACK VOL 01 IRON ECLIPSE
STAR WARS DARK TIMES PAPERBACK VOL 05 OUT WILDERNESS
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC PAPERBACK VOL 10 WAR
SUPERCROOKS PREM HARDCOVER (MATURE READER)
SUPERMAN #13 VARIANT ED
TEEN TITANS #13
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #17 UWS
UNCANNY X-MEN #20 AXFO
UNCANNY X-MEN #20 AXFO
UNTOLD TALES OF DOG MENDONCA & PIZZABOY ONE SHOT
UNWRITTEN #42 (MATURE READER)
US ARMY ZOMBIE TRAINING MANUAL SOFT COVER
VALIANT ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 PULLBOX COUPON PACK
WALKING DEAD #102 2ND PTG (MATURE READER)
WARRIORS OF MARS #5 (MATURE READER)
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PAPERBACK VOL 01
WOLVERINE MAX #1 (MATURE READER)
X-FACTOR PAPERBACK VOL 16 TOGETHER AGAIN FOR FIRST TIME
X-FACTOR PAPERBACK VOL 16 TOGETHER AGAIN FOR FIRST TIME
X-TREME X-MEN #5
ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL PAPERBACK
BATMAN HARDCOVER VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)
MAGIC THE GATHERING PAPERBACK VOL 01
TICK BIG BLUE DESTINY COMP WORKS PAPERBACK
UNWRITTEN PAPERBACK VOL 03 DEAD MANS KNOCK (MATURE READER)