Larry Poupard of Wonderworld Comics, an Eisner Nominated Detroit comic book store, posted a blog post on Friday about the DC Retailer Roadshow, an opportunity for comic book retailers to meet with DC Comics executives at the end of June and, I don't know, kiss their rings and bring them tribute, or something. Poupard is angry, and not just because he had to go through childhood with a name that lends itself so easily to plays on the word "poop."
When I first got wind about this Retailer Roadshow a few days ago, I was hoping the schedule was wrong. Come to find out, the schedule I initially heard is correct that that DC Entertainment is ignoring a large majority of the comic book community.
Though emails were sent out to retailers all over the country about the events, Poupard says that it's impossible for small retailers in the middle of the country to make arrangements in a two week time frame, though he admits that DC execs might not understand that.
Of course, since the people at DC Comics and DC Entertainment have the Warner Bros. money behind them, travel plans can simply be made by a secretary on a moment’s notice. Not so for the average mom and pop comic shop in the country. Budgets would have to be rearranged and store schedules would have to be reset.
He contests that DC's schedule is unfair to retailers in states like Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Colorado, and that DC should make an effort to treat all retailers equally?
If DC Entertainment is going to give an opportunity to some retailers, it should be fair and give the same opportunity to all retailers. In turn, DC Entertainment should give the readers of all retailers the same opportunity to hear about what is coming up next from the owners of the stores they make their weekly purchases from. What I see is DC Entertainment attempting to force the perception of communication while staying as distant as ever.
What do you think, readers? Are his complaints justified, or is Poupard just full of crap?
Sorry, we couldn't resist.
Read Larry's blog post here.