Jeff Smith on selling at conventions

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Jeff Smith on selling at conventions

Post by Kean » Wed Oct 27, 2004 1:03 pm

Jeff Smith talks to Newsarama about selling comics at conventions. This has obviously been a bone of contention between retailers and the artists that sell their books at conventions (and thus "cutting into [the retailer's] potential sales"), but looking at the numbers that Jeff candidly discusses -- selling only 400 copies at San Diego out of a total number of 15,000 ordered -- it's really such a small drop in the bucket, and makes me think that these complaining retailers should just shut up and stop their whining.

Oh yeah, and he mentions Flight too. :wink:

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Post by Rad Sechrist » Wed Oct 27, 2004 1:57 pm

Wow, it's so cool to be mentioned along side blankets and Jeff Smith. Thanks Mr. Kazu. :D

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Post by neil » Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:14 pm

Wait 400 copies sold at the con? Did we outsell BONE??

Anyway yes, I liked his points, and I also feel honored that he mentioned Flight.

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Post by deantrippe » Wed Oct 27, 2004 2:31 pm

As a guy who ran a comic shop for years, I'm surprised retailers got this upset over something that barely affects them. What a bunch of crybabies. How about some loyalty to the creators?

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Post by Nofret » Wed Oct 27, 2004 3:17 pm

I guess it's only bad for local retailers of a con. Any other retailers would be pretty much spared.

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Post by Kean » Wed Oct 27, 2004 5:04 pm

Neil wrote:Wait 400 copies sold at the con? Did we outsell BONE??

Well, at $40 per book (not to mention $125 for the 'Bible' edition), I don't think we're in any position to say we outsold Bone... nor would I want to.

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Post by Rad Sechrist » Wed Oct 27, 2004 6:10 pm

We might of sold more at the con, but if Jeff Smith had more, I'm sure he would have outsold us by a landslide. Not to mention his sales after the fact I'm sure outdid us by a lot.

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Post by Kazu » Wed Oct 27, 2004 7:39 pm

Nice interview. Thanks for the head's up, Kean. Mr. Smith just sent me an email today and let me in on the premise for the Flight story he'll be doing. I'm so excited!!! He should be joining us at the forums soon, too... :D

Oh, and not that it matters, but Bone definitely would have outsold our book by at least twice the number of copies, as it should. He gave us the last copy of the hardcover he had on hand, and that was midday Saturday, I think.
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Re: Jeff Smith on selling at conventions

Post by JonS » Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:32 pm

Kean wrote:bone of contention


ha ha.

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Post by neil » Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:27 pm

Woops, "outsold" was very poor word choice, and not what I meant. It was just news to me that we sold more books. (And I know it doesn't matter or anything--I might have been thinking about the Time article on the comic-con that didn't mention Flight, or something.) :oops:

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Post by Kazu » Thu Dec 02, 2004 4:24 pm

Actually, I'm glad we weren't quite the break out hit sensation or whatever that people seem to think it is. It's fun building it up at a steadier pace. Hehe. :)
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