I usually have a system for most things. I don’t fly blind, at all times, but sometimes I do enjoy the view. There is still time to enjoy the view, but only if you make that time. Structure it into the outing, pencil it into your diary, and consciously stick to the plan.
I shop at my LCS which is Impact Comics I think they’re just great. But I take it for granted and haven’t heard about the LCS experiences of others. Impact is a great store for many reason. The basic greatness can be exemplified by the location, the atmosphere, the stock, and the staff. The store isn’t down some back alleyway, nor is it poorly lit. It’s right in the main shopping mall of town and it’s got a great big window front and lights that are always on. I think this is standard but often hear from others that it might not be. Music constantly plays over the speakers and just walking around the store is a pleasure.
Then there’s the stock. Impact usually stocks everything, and enough of it. Whenever I hear of sell outs on the ‘net, people not being able to procure a copy, I’m almost guaranteed that Impact will have enough to go around, so long as you get in the first day. They’re good like that. Then the staff, they’re all just awesome. They smile, sad "g’day", have a chat. Hell, they even know my name upon entry, and the name of my son. It’s a very cool environment to do your weekly shopping in. I certainly appreciate it.
Previews World every Tuesday (Monday in the States) to see what’s coming down the line.
I do this because I need to be organised, but I also need to know what’s available that I want to review for CBR. I’m triangulating websites just to make sure I get my comics. And I have my standard pull list at Impact but sometimes I’ll need to review something I don’t normally pull down so I shoot off an email and they make sure I have it. It’s golden.
One time, my first week on CBR in fact, I had to review Stumptown #4. I got to the store and there had been a problem with shipping, they’d only received half as many copies as they had ordered. The few they got were picked up by people quicker than me. I looked like I just found out my house had burnt down, and then quickly explained that I’m not THAT much of a nerd but rather I needed a copy to write a review, stat. One of the girls behind the counter, Naomi, then said I could have her copy and she’d take one of the ones that would come in after the weekend. Now if that’s not gold standard service then I don’t know what is. It was greatly appreciated, that’s for sure.
Impact are also really good at letting me know if stock will be delayed completely, or if certain boxes of issues got left behind in California. They keep you up to date and it’s something that helps me because I usually take the Friday comic trip with my son and I don’t really want to make the trip if there’s no new comics to be attained. It all helps me be more organised.
Once I get home, as mentioned previously, I have my new reading order. It helps me maximise the reading and reviewing of my comics. I have had to change my stripes but this has been mostly easy because of a few handy websites and one very great store.
Impact Comics is exactly what I need to be a father and a comic reader/reviewer. What’s your LCS like? Do they help you out, and if so, how? I would love to hear people’s stories of their LCS just to see how the market differs. Leave a comment in the box below, and thanks for reading.