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.
Here's what I asked them denoted by the time of the video the question was asked:
1:13 Can you tell us your personal origin story: How old are you? Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school and college?
2:12 How did you guys meet?
3:50 When did you first get into comics? Why did they appeal to you?
6:43 If you're reading comics past college, are you a comics reader for life?
8:04 How did Electric City Comics come to be?
11:30 Do Alicia and Chris still work there?
13:18 There was briefly a second store in Rotterdam. How did that get started and why did it close?
16:33 Have you ever considered moving to a different location?
19:07 What's the square footage and how much inventory do you have?
19:58 How do you keep track of your inventory?
20:33 Where do you get your back issues from?
21:20 How do you determine that a comic is bound for the quarter bin?
25:14 Do you ever table at conventions?
26:23 Do you sell on eBay or any other online venues?
27:37 Do you still have customers that have been with you since the beginning?
27:56 Most people think comics are for kids, but is that really true? What is the demographic of your customer base?