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Why We Closed Our Amazon Store

They say that if you are going to sell online that you need to go where the consumers are. Well, Amazon is the world's largest online marketplace. So we went there. We made A LOT of sales. However, we made very little money. Over the course of 1 year Amazon increased their "take" of every sale about once every 3 months. To compensate we started drop shipping pop-culture merchandise like T-Shirts, Caps, etc. But then Amazon starting increasing their take on those items as well. Here is a cost breakdown to give as an example:

Diamond (a distributor) takes 60%...

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A Call To Action: Conventions, Artists and SIGNINGS!

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Many people have already heard about this... but to some this is "new" news. Here is an article that recently came out from Bleeding Cool regarding Marvel's reaction to seeing signature windows in the hands of "fans" at the Marvel booth at C2E2, this weekend. If you haven't read it yet... please do... then come back here... I'll wait. :)

You read it? Good. Now let's talk about what is happening, where its heading, and how we can fix it.

What's Happening?

Well here is my perception of what is happening. In the last five...

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Rose City Comic Con 2016

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Rose City Comic Con this year was a blast. Amazing how many talented writers and artists live right here in Portland. Due to that abundance of awesome talent at this show we had a very large number of submissions of comics to get signed for our customers.

Brian Michael Bendis ("Jessica Jones"), Terry Dodson (variant cover artist on "Superwoman", "Wonder Woman", "Dark Knight III", and more), David Finch ("Batman"), Jimmy Palmiotti ("Harley Quinn" and "Jonah Hex"), Amanda Palmer ("Harley Quinn"), Charles Soule ("Inhumans" and "Lando"), Mike Mignola ("Hellboy"), Stan Sakai ("Usagi Yojimbo") and so very many more.

I must say that every...

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Comic Book "Flipping"

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As we are one day away from attending the local comic book convention, Rose City Comic Con... once again the monster topic known as comic book "flipping" has reared its gruesome head.

For those readers who are unaware I will first start with: what is 'flipping'?

Well, in the comic book world, the term 'flipping' refers to when a comic book fan buys a copy of a popular comic book, takes the book to a comic book convention where the artists of the book will be appearing, they have the artists sign the comic book in the presence of a grading company's witness,...

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Stan Lee Private Signing!

Cosmic Reads is thrilled to announce another private signing opportunity with "the man" himself... STAN LEE!

That's right! Excelsior! Do not wait on this one. Over the past year Stan Lee has been announcing is final appearance at several conventions:

-New York City Comic Con (NYCC)
-Rose City Comic Con

Could this be the last year that Stan "the Man" Lee is doing the convention scene?

We aren't going to risk it. Time to pull out all those key Marvel comics and get those books signed.

Click here to sign up before space fills up!


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