Electric City Comics was the comic book store of my youth. I'm not sure when I first starting shopping there, but once I did I was a pretty loyal customer from middle school to high school. Once I went away to college and started working full time, I wasn't around as much, but I always tried to stop by when I could.
I forged a pretty strong
merchant/customer relationship with Bill Townsend and Jevon Kasitch -
the guys that run the shop. Between Bill's writings and conversations
with Jevon, I'd say they definitely had a strong effect on my opinion of
the industry growing up. I haven't been able to stop in as much as I'd
like since I don't live nearby anymore, however, I'll always have a
place in my heart for this store.
In order to pay them their due
respect, I asked Bill and Jevon to allow me to interview them via Skype,
which they were more than happy to oblige. We wound up talking for 90
minutes! So I split this video into three parts. I hope you enjoy
watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.
0:01 Do you still hate cards? How has the card industry changed in the last 20 years?
4:06 Marvel was on the verge of liquidation. How did they not go out of business?
6:15 When and why did Disney buy Marvel?
6:42 What happened to the distribution market?
7:58 Was April of 1993 still the biggest month in comics? Is X-men #1 still the greatest selling comic of all-time?
In the 1994 annual you wrote: "In 1990 I was selling about 20,000 back
issues a year, and now I doubt that is even 5,000". Is the back issue
market still dead? Are TPBs good or bad for the market?
11:11 If the back issue market is dead, why are Silver and Bronze Age back issues still so expensive?
15:37 Digital comics seem to be catching on slowly. Does this make you nervous that paper comics might become obsolete?
18:14 What did you think of the show Comic Book Men?
18:56 Why don't comic shops offer big money for back issues?
22:22 What do you think the future holds for you and the comic book industry as a whole?