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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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10 Comments

  1. May 4, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Sigh…. Not in this part of the World.

  2. B.V.K.
    May 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    I’d like to give a shout out to Rouge’s Gallery comics in Round Rock TX. Great organization for FCBD, friendly staff and for a line that went out the store and down the block it moved pretty fast. Thanks!

  3. dante_marx
    May 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor was hopping today. Hopping, I say!

  4. Hirimno
    May 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    unfortunately i missed being able to get to the store early. got walking dead and infinity. hopefully comixology will have the rest up soon.

  5. Oldcomicfan
    May 5, 2013 at 9:33 am — Reply

    The nearest comic book store is 75 miles away on the other side of a major mountain range. That’s hardly local. Sigh. Which is one of the reasons why I keep harping at the publishers to put their comics back into groceries stores, etc. Also, if they want to increase their readership, that’s the way to do it – getting the books out to where non-comicbook readers can find them.

    • May 5, 2013 at 11:17 am — Reply

      The grocery stores DO NOT WANT the hassle of monthly comics, which is one of the reasons that the direct market model was adopted. By the mid-70s, the cost of paper and upkeep (returns/sell-though/overhead) was prohibitive for the drugstores and such already, and the cost was only 20% of today’s comic pricing. Add in the complexity of today’s order forms, and the short window for returns under Diamond’s monopoly, and you’re talking pure pipe-dreams. Note that even the few grocery outlets that sell comics tend to sell mostly the more inexpensive kids books and sure-thing sellers like Spider-Man. There just no reward for the risk…

      These days, non-comic-book readers find their comics properties on television and in the movies…

      • DrNobody
        May 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm — Reply

        A little off topic, but last books I remember buying at a grocery store were Green Lantern 48 & 49 (the 1st 2 parts to Emerald Twilight) back when I was just seriously getting into comics!!

        Missed out on Free Comic Book Day myself, as I lost Atomic Comics, moved, and don’t have any one by me now… D’OH!!

        • May 6, 2013 at 6:55 am — Reply

          Not off topic at all. I actually managed to find a missing issue of the big Brand New Day crossover at our local Dillons grocery circa 2005 or something. It’s not as though comics AREN’T in those non-traditional outlets anymore, it’s just that (given the amount of product, the turnover, the overhead and general pain-in-the-assery) those outlets aren’t viable on a large scale. Mileage varies, though…

          • DrNobody
            May 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm — Reply

            I haven’t noticed them recently, but remember that last time I saw them, it was Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Archie… And MAYBE Sonic the Hedgehog (from Archie Comics, of course)…

  6. ianmorris
    May 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    free comic book day was fun

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