If you’re lucky, your local comics shop (LCS) has a great selection of books AND an owner who’s knowledgeable and fun to talk to. When collecting my Wednesday haul, I always enjoy gabbing with my LCS owner, Brian, about everything from the future of Teen Titans to The Great Ten ending at issue #9. V. goes to a different shop, but I know she looks forward to her weekly visits as much as I do.
Brian has tweeted regularly about a subject that should matter to all comic book geeks: LCS etiquette. It’s easy to forget that comic shops are not just fun places to hang out, but also businesses. Assuming that you genuinely like your LCS and want the place to thrive (cliché alert), especially in these difficult times, there are a few ways you can help. I can’t take credit for these tips, which are Brian’s, but I have added my two cents here and there.
Brian’s guide to staying classy at your LCS
- If you’re going to move, let your shop know beforehand so your store doesn’t order stuff you can’t buy.
- If you have “financial difficulties,”close your file so the store you liked doesn’t order stuff you can’t buy.
- If you call on Thursday, and your shop has something for you, you don’t need to call on Friday to ask again.
- It’s not really a big deal that there’s a female in the shop. Leave her alone, and don’t stare. (And if we interrupt your esoteric monologue about Grant Morrison’s Batman work with relevant and/or useful information, don’t look at us like we have three heads. We DO know what we’re talking about. — E.P.)
- If there are only a few left, ask before you grab more than one of something. Sharing is a basic skill.
- Use only the kind of language that you would use in a job interview. Foul language is not necessary, and bothers some other people. (Even when discussing The Rise of Arsenal? Sheesh.— E.P.)
- If you hate the latest issue of something and want to drop it, let your shop know RIGHT AWAY.
- If you love the latest issue of something and want to add it, let your shop know RIGHT AWAY.
- You may love talking to your shop owner/employees, and they to you, but if there’s a line behind you, walk away. (Especially if someone in that line has a job they need to get back to, eventually. — E.P.)
- All discussions about who will beat who in a fight have one answer: Whomever the writer wants to win.
- Don’t put items from your hold file back on the shelf. Hand them to the employees and have them take it off your file.
- Cash is better than debit or credit. If you write a check, make sure it’s good before you write it. (I am the debit card queen. Bygones. — E.P.)
- Don’t haggle. Stores can’t haggle with the landlord or the utilities companies or the IRS.
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Do you have a good relationship with your LCS owner(s)? What should they do to keep you coming back?