KowCast Ep 34 – Shop Talk: The Non-Comics Episode!

KowCast Ep 34 – Shop Talk: The Non-Comics Episode!

Join James and Eric as we talk about ordering, distribution, profit margins, and more of various non-comic products.  Everything from Funko Pops! and their chase variants, action figure companies like NECA, miniatures like Warhammer, and even card gaming with Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com or registering for our new forums at forums.kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/incredicow,…

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KowCast Ep 33 – Shop Talk: Back Issue Sales Favorites and New vs Unused Characters!

KowCast Ep 33 – Shop Talk: Back Issue Sales Favorites and New vs Unused Characters!

First of a weekly series (thanks James) that features the guys talking about what types of back issues sell the best. Is it an era, publisher, character? Also with the advent of DC Dark Nights Eric and James dive into new character creation versus old characters being underutilized.  In addition there is an audio clip from the Dennis Miller show featuring Rob Liefeld! If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us…

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KowCast Ep 32 – Shop Talk: Secret Empire vs Metal vs Legacy and Convention Dealer Update

KowCast Ep 32 – Shop Talk: Secret Empire vs Metal vs Legacy and Convention Dealer Update

Eric and James return with a new episode to talk about reception of Secret Empire, Metal, and Legacy.  Which books are selling well in the shop, why is it, and what do we have to look forward to?  Additionally, we have received some questions about what we take to local comic shows, and how the whole dealer/vendor thing works.  Join us, as we break down some of the pieces to how we attend shows, what type of stock we carry,…

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KowCast Ep 31 – Shop Talk: What makes a good shop?

KowCast Ep 31 – Shop Talk: What makes a good shop?

James and Eric did one of their semi-annual shop crawls to look at what other stores in the area are doing.  As they drove along, it was determined that there are many different ways of operating a comic based store. Is one way better than another?  What are the concerns of operating in a specific way? Join the guys as they talk about the good, the not so good, and the concerning! If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join…

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KowCast Ep 30 – Shop Talk: Events, Starting To Sell & More

KowCast Ep 30 – Shop Talk: Events, Starting To Sell & More

In this episode Eric and James talk about a number of different topics, starting with the announcement of a very big guest appearance in October! After talking about what it takes to host a large scale signing, and all of the logistics we are concerning ourselves with, we look at where to start getting comics, if you want to be a reseller for profit, and some additional random comic goodness. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join…

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KowCast Ep 29 – Shop Talk: Variant Tiers vs Pricing

KowCast Ep 29 – Shop Talk: Variant Tiers vs Pricing

James and Eric hit the airwaves to talk about variants.  Tiered variants, open to order variants, and direct priced variants, which is better? We go deep on analogies, examples, and primary versus secondary sales on variant covers.  Finally we top it off with some discussion about why Marvel does so many variants and tiers. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com or registering for our new forums…

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KowCast Ep 28 – Promotion Timing & Mile High Pulls Out?!

KowCast Ep 28 – Promotion Timing & Mile High Pulls Out?!

Join James and Eric, as they discuss a question from listener Sam regarding promotional timing.  Is two months or more a hindrance to success?  Is the content being promoted forgotten by the time it arrives? Then the guys talk about Chuck Rozanski’s decision to pull the plug on Mile High Comics vending at San Diego Comic Con. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com or registering for…

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KowCast Ep 27 – Listener Q&A: eBay Sales!

KowCast Ep 27 – Listener Q&A: eBay Sales!

A listener question sent over from our friends Drew and Kyle at the Comics for Fun and Profit podcast has us talking eBay.  Why are sales flat? Why do things go so cheap? What’s going on?!  Hold on tight as we answer these questions, and provide some eBay insight, as well as some handy tips and tricks to potentially make your listings and sales more successful. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending…

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KowCast Ep 26 – Road Reviews Vol 1 New Hampshire

KowCast Ep 26 – Road Reviews Vol 1 New Hampshire

In this first ever Road Reviews episode, Eric talks about a number of shops he visited while traveling to New Hampshire and New York City.  Traveling around is a passion for both James and Eric.  Almost as important is stopping at comic shops along the way. In this new series of episodes, the guys will review the locations they see, and provide their thoughts.  No ratings or comparisons, just straight up feedback! Roll Call: 01:31 – Double Midnight Comics –…

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KowCast Ep 25 – Listener Q&A: Online Distributors!

KowCast Ep 25 – Listener Q&A: Online Distributors!

Spinning out of a conversation on the Comic Book Page slack channel, Eric and James sit down to talk online volume discounters in the comic market.  All good, or all bad? Maybe somewhere in between.  Join us, as we dig in to whether the online discounts that you see are as good as you think … If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com or registering for…

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KowCast Ep 24 – Listener Q&A: Events … The Gimmicks Work!

KowCast Ep 24 – Listener Q&A: Events … The Gimmicks Work!

In this episode Eric and James dig in to a number of questions about current comic book events.  Hear how recent events from the big two have been met in our shop – Secret Wars, Civil War II, The Button, Justice League/Suicide Squad, Secret Empire, and more.  We share how things have sold, what we believe has made for a successful launch vs a successful event, and other related feedback our customers have shared with us about these events. If you have thoughts…

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KowCast Ep 23 – C2E2 2017 ReCap!

KowCast Ep 23 – C2E2 2017 ReCap!

In this episode James and Eric sit down again with Clint to talk about C2E2 2017! We talk about the facility, layout, vendors, and creators.  Clint talks about his experiences meeting some of his heroes as he looks to become a creator himself and what type of advice they gave him.  We end the episode with a brief recap of the DC Retailer Dinner than Eric and James attended (and the arrival of the weekly Diamond shipment!). If you have…

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KowCast Ep 22 – Diamond Retailer Summit 2017 Recap

KowCast Ep 22 – Diamond Retailer Summit 2017 Recap

James and Eric take some time to recap the days events at the 2017 Diamond Retailer Summit, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  We cover the news from various comic publishers, manga publishers, and creators.  Some were highlights … some were not.  Listen in to get our reaction and hear about a couple of new exciting products/publishers that caught our eye. As a surprise, we are joined by shop customer and friend Clint! Clint gives us insight into what it’s…

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KowCast Ep 21 Shop Talk! – Marvel / Retailer Initial Reaction

KowCast Ep 21 Shop Talk! – Marvel / Retailer Initial Reaction

In this episode, James and Eric take a dip into the Marvel Retailer Summit discussions as reported on by ICV2, Newsarama, BleedingCool, and more.  Hear our take on some of the comments from retailers, our thoughts on Marvel’s responses, and overall market considerations we take in to account. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com or registering for our new forums at forums.kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us…

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KowCast Ep 20 Take 2! – Listener Q&A: Variant Artists, Chasing Variants, and NYX #3

KowCast Ep 20 Take 2! – Listener Q&A: Variant Artists, Chasing Variants, and NYX #3

Let’s try this again!  After an audio issue sidelined this episode, James and Eric sat down to re-record.  This episode contains a cornucopia of variant cover questions, and some post Logan spec discussion about the outlook on the value of NYX #3. We discuss who the best variant artists to look at are, what considerations you may want to make, as well as what the turn around/flip market is for variants. Included in the discussion are some variants, or rare covers…

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KowCast Ep 19 – Shop Talk: Diamond Distribution & Distribution Wars

KowCast Ep 19 – Shop Talk: Diamond Distribution & Distribution Wars

  Once again James and Eric are joined in the “studio” by guest Chris, Kowabunga’s former owner, to discuss the distributor wars and what built up to Diamond’s sole distributorship in the current comic industry.  We also foray into what we think it would take for someone to mount a challenge to compete with Diamond, as well as other distributor disruptors. Talk of Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target, Archie, Marvel and more! If you have thoughts or questions about…

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KowCast Ep 18 – Shop Talk: Big Two vs Licensed vs Independent

KowCast Ep 18 – Shop Talk: Big Two vs Licensed vs Independent

Jump into the world of marketing comics in your shop with Eric and James. In this episode we discuss marketing and selling big two books versus licensed properties, as well as how independent books fit in to the fold.  This is the first discussion of what could be many about marketing books! We also tackle some overdue listener questions about flops, surprise hits, and why each happened. If you have thoughts or questions about what we discussed, join in the discussion…

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KowCast Ep 17 – Shop Talk: Opening A Store

KowCast Ep 17 – Shop Talk: Opening A Store

In this episode Eric and James tackle a few questions that Sam (Fudd71) from the ComicBookPage podcast/forums/chat had about comic shop retail in the current climate.  We talk about everything from what we think you need to enter into the specialty store landscape from a mindset, product, and expectation standpoint. We also talk about what the industry could do better to serve the retailer or provide us securities or ways to grow that other retail industries are afforded. Join in…

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KowCast Ep 16 – Listener Questions & Answers!

KowCast Ep 16 – Listener Questions & Answers!

Eric and James sit down to tackle some questions from our listeners.  In this session we cover the pop culture retail landscape from the view of how to attract new customers, and importance of customer service in an increasingly competitive retail environment.  Then we get into some fun discussion of comic books – what do we wish we ordered less of, more of, and what price is the right price for books? What’s that? You have a question too!? Send…

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KowCast Ep 15 – 2016 ReCap and 2017 Outlook

KowCast Ep 15 – 2016 ReCap and 2017 Outlook

Join James and Eric, with special guest Chris, for a discussion on the comic book store market.  What works, what doesn’t, and will 2017 be the year of store closings?  Get a look behind the curtain of how we think, shy we do what we do, and enjoy some hypothetical questions. Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com.

KowCast Ep. 13 – Previews Rundown (Nov 2016)

KowCast Ep. 13 – Previews Rundown (Nov 2016)

Eric takes a run through the November Previews catalog, highlighting a few goodies you might be interested in. Orders are due in to Kowabunga by the end of day Monday, November 21st. Feel free to fill out and bring in a customer order form found here: Order Form Lead in and exit music: Slayer – Repentless Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web…

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KowCast Ep. 12 – JLA/Avengers Back Issue Spotlight feat. John Mayo

KowCast Ep. 12 – JLA/Avengers Back Issue Spotlight feat. John Mayo

Listen in as Eric and James have a fun and spoiler filled back issue spotlight discussion on JLA/Avengers by Kurt Busiek (w), George Perez (p/i), and Tom Smith (c) with John Mayo, host of the Comic Book Page Podcast. Follow along as James and John put on a master class in DC and Marvel history, while first time reader Eric attempts to keep up! Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook…

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KowCast Ep. 11 – Wizard World Chicago Recap

KowCast Ep. 11 – Wizard World Chicago Recap

Join James and special guests Kenton and Kevin as they recap Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! James and Kenton are longtime Wizard World Chicago guests – hear their reaction of changes over time.  Kevin has never been to Wizard World, so hear a first time go-ers impressions and reactions! Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided byNight Runner…

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KowCast Ep. 10 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Recap

KowCast Ep. 10 – San Diego Comic Con 2016 Recap

Join James and Eric as they re-cap day by day, their experiences at their first SDCC!  Included are highlights of creators, hollywood stars, and fun antics as they two traveled around San Diego’s Convention Center and Gaslamp District. Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided byNight Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 9 – John Carpenter Retrospective

KowCast Ep. 9 – John Carpenter Retrospective

James heads off to the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI to take in the last show of John Carpenter’s Retrospective tour in America.  Listen in to this brief recap of the meet and greet, show, and thoughts! Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Intro music provided by John Carpenter / Out music provided byNight Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).  

KowCast Ep. 8 – California Dreaming

KowCast Ep. 8 – California Dreaming

California looks good on Incredicow, and Eric gives a recap of the tour of DC Comics in Burbank, as well as some of the local haunts.  Come along and join in what will be the first of a few podcasts from California this year! Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 7 – The Mid-Year Kowies! Special Crossover Event

KowCast Ep. 7 – The Mid-Year Kowies! Special Crossover Event

Join us for a special crossover podcast event!  Eric and James join Drew and Kyle from Comics for Fun and Profit to hand out the first ever mid-year Kowie awards!  What have your favorites been so far this year?  Listen along and see if you agree with us! Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 6 – Grading and Slabbing

KowCast Ep. 6 – Grading and Slabbing

Join us, as we discuss the Why, How, Who, and When to get books graded and slabbed!  We touch on the different companies, approaches, and what we personally think about when we consider sending a book in to be graded. Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 5 – AMC Preacher Episode 1 Reaction

KowCast Ep. 5 – AMC Preacher Episode 1 Reaction

Eric and James sit down to talk about the newly released AMC Preacher premier episode.  Hear our take on Jesse, Cassidy, Tulip and all the goings on in Angelville. Join in the discussion by sending us an email to podcast@kowabungacomics.com. You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 4 – Special Edition DC Comics Rebirth Roadshow Full Audio

KowCast Ep. 4 – Special Edition DC Comics Rebirth Roadshow Full Audio

 In this special edition of KowCast, we provide the raw audio from the DC Rebirth Roadshow in it’s full glory!  Listen to Dan and Jim as they talk through the new Hanna Barbera books, DC’s Young Animal line led by My Chemical Romance front man Gerrard Way, and of course the DC Universe! You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/). Audio Player

KowCast Ep. 3 – DC Comics Rebirth Recap

KowCast Ep. 3 – DC Comics Rebirth Recap

In this episode, Eric and James recap the DC Comics Rebirth Retailer Summit, with special guests Dan DiDio and Jim Lee! (sort of)  Hold on tight for a somewhat lengthy recap of Hanna Barbera, DC’s Young Animals, and the DC Universe! You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 2 – Free Comic Book Day!

KowCast Ep. 2 – Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner on Saturday, May 7th!  In this short episode we talk about the days events and sales as we are on our journey home from the DC Rebirth Retailer Summit.  You can follow us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/incredicow, on Twitter @Incredicow or on the web at www.kowabungacomics.com. Music provided by Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).

KowCast Ep. 1 – Birth … er … Rebirth!

KowCast Ep. 1 – Birth … er … Rebirth!

In this inaugural KowCast episode, James and Eric sit down and take a moment to talk through the new DC Rebirth Previews catalog.  Come join us, as we begin our podcasting journey! Music used with approval from Night Runner (http://nightrunnermusic.bandcamp.com/).