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Monday, December 27, 2010

"Awesome Comic Store Poised to Single- Handedly Revitalize Stagnant Economy", says local paper.

York, PA - Paula Rattansingh thought she was done holiday shopping.

Then she stopped in Ollie's Bargain Outlet in West Manchester Township Sunday for dryer sheets. Walking through the aisles, she spotted some books and other items to add to her previously purchased gifts. Her arms were loaded down before long.

"I have little odds and ends to pick up," said Rattansingh, of Springettsbury Township.

Rattansingh wasn't alone, as shoppers took to the stores for one last weekend of what has so far been a healthy holiday shopping season.

The National Retail Federation, which originally forecast a 2.3 percent increase in holiday sales over last year, recently revised its forecast to a 3.3 percent increase, citing stock market gains and "savings built up during the recession." Sales shrunk 3.9 percent in 2008 and increased 0.4 percent in 2009, the federation said.

Local retailers are seeing the difference.

The York Galleria was "really, really busy" Sunday, said Carl Beaverson, who manned the Calendar Club's stand on the mall's ground floor.

"Just packed, pretty much," Beaverson said, describing the mall's atmosphere. "People all around, all the time."

Planet X Comics in the Queensgate Towne Center in York Township, which sells comic books, games and graphic novels, saw higher sales Saturday than on Black Friday, said Tim Fling, the store's owner. The store might have to hire more staff for the last week of the holiday shopping season, Fling added.

Fling attributed his store's success to its relatively inexpensive nature, noting that customers can usually buy a couple of items for under $10.

That's good news for shoppers such as Kim Johnson of Dover Township, who was just starting her Christmas shopping Sunday.

"I'm a humbug," Johnson said as she browsed the toy department at Ollie's, looking for presents for her grandchildren. Her eyes darted among the stacks of toys and games. She laughed nervously, not sure what to buy.

"These kids have everything," she said.

Johnson resolved to get her shopping done during her days off from work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. For consumers such as Rattansingh, that won't be an issue. She finished in early December, she said.

"I don't like the last-minute rush," Rattansingh said. "I don't like the traffic."

khoran@ydr.com; 771-2029

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Adjusted Hours For the Druid Winter Solstice!

Holiday Hours! - Planet X Comics & Collectibles will be open from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Plant X thanks you for your patronage!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Waiting for Neonomicon?

Shipping this week- NEONOMICON #3 by Alan Moore. Experience this disturbing thriller. Collector covers! First come first serve!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Doc Macabre #1!

Got ghosts in your garage?! Tired of those pesky zombies roaming around your front lawn? Have no fear! Doc Macabre, the one-man supernatural sweeper-upper, is here! There’s no job too big for Doc, who, with the aide of his right hand man, er… robot, Lloyd, will have you back resting in your lounge chair monster-free! (...For a fee, of course!) Niles and Wrightson’s latest opus begins here!

Subcribers, come on in and pick up your issue for FREE!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"In Blackest Friday" Sales Event!

‎"In Blackest Friday" Sales Event!- Friday November 26th, 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM.
---All Newsprint 25% Off!---
---All Graphic Novels 10% Off!---
---All Toys 10% Off!---
Back Issues starting at Fifty Cents Apiece!
...This Sale is One Day Only, Don't Miss it!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We Are The Walking Dead!

Planet X is proud to announce our Walking Dead Premier Party! Mark your calendars for Halloween night, Sunday October 31st at 10pm. Planet X will re-open at 9:00pm for festivities, food, and special sales on The Walking Dead Merchandise. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Grand Opening!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 16th and come see what all the hype is about.

Special events, give aways and guest appearances are scheduled throughout the day.

Here’s some of what Planet X has in store…

Vaders 501st, Garrison Carida, invades Planet X Comics with a host of Star Wars villains. Bring your cameras and your lightsabers…there’s no telling who you might run into. Don’t forget to bring in a new, unwrapped, Star Wars toy to be donated by Garrison Carida to local children’s hospitals.

Horror fans rejoice! You’ve seen them Friday nights on Channel 18, now you can meet them in person. That’s right, Monster Madhouse will be terrorizing Planet X! Who knows, you might even catch them filming for an upcoming episode!

Author and creative force Stavros will be signing his latest novel "Blood Junky." It’s a fresh, exciting spin to the classic vampire tale and guarantees fans of the popular and beloved genre something unique and original to sink their teeth into.

Art Institute of York Alumni, Shawna Mills, will be making the trek back from NYC to showcase her latest portfolio of original art including comics, animation and more. Shawna will also be creating original works while at Planet X. Don’t miss the opportunity to take one home with you.

See you at Planet X!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Extended Version!

New tenants take up residence at Queensgate
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 07/22/2010 12:13:03 AM EDT

More than two months after Frank Theatres opened at York Township's Queensgate Towne Center, the shopping plaza appears to be enjoying something of a renaissance.

At least three retailers have inked deals to open locations at the center, including Hanover-based Menchey Music Service, Planet X Comics and Collectibles and The Strawberry Shop.

About two years ago, an affiliate of Lancaster County-based Blackford Development bought the 48-year-old center and renovated the property complete with reworked facades on the buildings, improved lighting and updated landscaping.

Since that time, tenants such as Miles Maytag and WellSpan Health have opened at the center.

In recent months, Frank Theatres has established itself as one of the plaza's main draws alongside the center's two other anchors, Weis and The Bon-Ton.

"The theater has been performing as we expected," said Bruce Frank, president and chief executive officer of Frank Theatres. "For a brand new theater, it is has started out well, and people have been receptive. It's pretty cool."

Knowing that the lease on his Springettsbury Township store was soon to expire, Joel Menchey of Menchey Music started to search for a new location.

The goal was to open a store that could accommodate 12 rather than nine private lesson studios and that would be closer to the company's customer base, Menchey said.

While the new store at Queensgate , set to open Aug. 2, will meet Menchey's needs, the fact that the center is now home to the new movie theater helped close the deal.
"That was a huge factor in making the decision," he said. "I think having that theater presence is a real positive for that center. More people are attracted to the center as a whole."

Planet X Comics and Collectibles also expects to profit from the customer traffic drawn to Queensgate by the movie theater.

"The theater offers a built-in market," said Timothy Fling, co-owner of Planet X.

Fling said he had searched the local commercial real estate market for about 90 days before deciding on Queensgate.

"With the new theater, it seemed like a perfect match," he said. We will do movie tie-in events and events where people meet at the store before their movie starts. We expect to see more graphic novels and comics being made into films. Our location is just perfect for that."

While Judy Brillhart expects that her relocated store, The Strawberry Shop, will benefit from the theater, the businesswoman was impressed by the center's renovations.

Aside from fresh-cut and artificial flowers, Brillhart's florist shop sells gifts, small furniture and offers interior design services.

The shop will move from North Codorus Township to Queensgate and open at the center next month, she said.

"I wanted something with at least 10-foot-tall ceilings to allow for large Christmas trees," she said. "These ceilings are 18 feet tall."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This just in!

New tenants take up residence at Queensgate
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 07/21/2010 10:56:29 AM EDT

Nearly two months after Frank Theatres opened at York Township's Queensgate Towne Center, the shopping plaza is enjoying something of a renaissance.
At least three retailers have inked deals to open locations at the center including Hanover-based Menchey Music Service, Planet X Comics and Collectibles and The Strawberry Shop.

About two years ago, an affiliate of Lancaster County-based Blackford Development bought the 48 year-old center and renovated the property complete with reworked facades on the buildings, improved lighting and updated landscaping.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Incoming Transmission from Planet X!

June is a very busy month for the launch of Planet X Comics. Over the last three weeks the company has accomplished several key goals; including, but not limited to, acquiring a PA business license, opening our Diamond Distributorship, securing a small business loan, and negotiating and signing off on our commercial lease. Our permits are underway, and we are placing our initial inventory order. Brace yourselves- you are about to experience intense gravitational force.... as we enter the atmosphere of Planet X!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

West York Flea Market - 5/22/10

Planet X Comics and Collectibles would like to thank all of the customers who visited us at the Flea Market in West York today. A great time time was had by all, and a little rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of York's Coolest Comic Store. Initial response to our fledgling business was extremely positive, and the event was perfect for getting some grass roots marketing to establish our presence in our community.
We want to send Special Thanks to Blake, our first official Retail Customer. He is an awesome guy, and a perfect fit for our target demographic. At ten years old, he is the President of G.R.I.P.S., the Glen Rock International Paranormal Society. An avid Ghost Hunter, he enjoys reading Comics and loves the television show Destination: Truth. I know, right? He's the man.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Planet X is Go!

Check out our booth tomorrow at West York's Community Outdoor Sale located at 4325 West Market Street! This amazing sale will run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 22nd. If you like Comics, Graphic Novels, DVDs and Really Strange Collectibles this is the place for you, my hard rockin' Amigo! There will be some incredible deals, so don't miss it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Update! The Trials and Tribulations of Planet X

Welcome back True Believers! Today we achieved two milestones in the process of establishing our own business. First, we delivered the final edited copy of our Business Plan to the York office of the Small Business Administration. This is in our attempt to procure an additional cash infusion at launch, a danger that plagues many small businesses at their most vulnerable time- the Beginning!
The second milestone- We finally purchased our fixtures for our brick and mortar store. This is a critical step for us. Many thanks to Teresa from Hollywood Video for totally hooking us up! She was easy to do business with and just a totally all- around cool person. Tomorrow Rich and I are heading over there with a rented U- Haul Truck to pick up shelves, signs, racks and the various odds and ends needed for any self respecting Comic Store. I assure you, it will be nine kinds of awesome! Stay Tuned for the next step- the Train has left the station!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Business Planning Chapter IV: Website Meeting

Today we met with internationally renowned web developer Stefan Hartman from Wide Open Communications. Stefan is a man of many talents and is perhaps best known for his stellar work on the popular comedy website BangBoomCrash.com. He is also known by some for his poignant performances as "Willis" on the popular 1970's television sitcom "Different Strokes".
It was our most fervent hope that he bring his unique talents to the development of the upcoming Planet X Online Retail Store. During the course of our meeting, we discussed many different aspects of the Planet X Web Design Strategy, including but not limited to, Logo Concepts, Flash Animation, Site Design, RSS Feeds, Search Engine Optimization.... and many other big words.
It was a pleasure working with a professional like Mr. Hartman. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Business Planning Chapter III: Capital and Feasibility Report

In today's planning session, Rich and I drilled down to determine the capital requirements of opening our brick and mortar store by August 1st, 2010. As you may know, many Comic Stores have made the dangerous and irresponsible move to "Online Retail" only, ignoring the needs of consumers who seek their own unique pop culture destination.
Well, Have No Fear! After careful analysis, we have determined that we are financially viable and on schedule. Tomorrow we meet with several area banks to complete the capital infusion for our launch. In an effort to reduce costs, we have cancelled the purchase of the Planet X Helicopter.
I didn't really like the color anyway.

Free Giveaways at Grand Opening!

That's right, I said FREE!
First up for grabs is this unique "Zombie Survival Guide- Recorded Attacks" one- shot, personally autographed by world- renowned author Max Brooks. This book is actually autographed in blood! Well, maybe not blood, but it really is Max's autograph. This rare collectible was only given to attendees of the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo, and now we are giving it to you!
This unique item will be given away for FREE to our first retail customer on July 1st, 2010! This gift is perfect for people who love comics, Zombies or just Free Things.
You might want to start standing in line now... just in case.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Business Planning: Chapter II: Web Strategy

Today we held a focus meeting on the future Web Strategy of Planet X Comics and Collectibles. After much discussion, we both decided that the internet was most likely a fad, so we decided to just ignore it.
So.... Rich and I spent several hours discussing the value of Facebook, Twitter, Intuit, GoDaddy and the relative cost of designing our own site over that of hiring a professional. After exchanging insults, we decided that the value of a professionally designed site was well worth the initial cost, so brace yourself blog readers- you are about to see something really cool.
Also in today's Business Planning meeting: We visited a local video store; more specifically, one that is going out of business. Our strategy is to keep our own costs down, so we are purchasing their fixtures (shelving, glass cases, etc.) in bulk. Rich didn't like the purple color of the shelves but what the Hell does he know! In any event, after cost analysis, this venture alone should reduce our fixture cost by over 50%!
This is how we pass the savings along to you, our dear readers. Well, either that, or we might use the money that we saved to buy a helicopter.

KICK- ASS: The Premiere!

One of the great things about being one of the C2E2 guests was our sneak peek at the movie "Kick- Ass". Being the totally awesome VIPs that we are, we were permitted to view the movie two days early. It was very top secret- we actually had to relinquish our cell phones before the showing. I guess they knew well that a room full of comic book geeks would have posted their pictures on the internet before the movie even opened. In retrospect this was a good call on their part.
Although this blog is a business forum and not a review site, I would like to state my opinions of the movie. I enjoyed the film immensely, but it is NOT FOR EVERYONE. By turns violent and profane, "Kick- Ass" is an edgy, mature superhero film in the vein of "Kill Bill" or "Watchmen". If you go to see this because you thought McLovin was funny in "Superbad", prepare to be completely shocked.

The Lessons of C2E2- The Retailers

The second most important thing that we gained from our Chicago trip was the ability to interact with hundreds of retailers from all around the United States and Canada. We interviewed as many attendees as possible. This experience greatly reassured us about our start- up, as most retailers had been in business for over twenty years, and had seen many ups and downs in the industry. We learned that some dealers are quite successful and passionate about their business.
We also learned that most Comic Store retailers do not own a clean shirt.

The Lessons of C2E2- The Focus Groups

Our visit to Chicago actually consisted of a great deal more than just attending the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. The primary focus, at least for us, was the education available at the Diamond Retailer Summit: Focus on Retailing.
This helpful summit included many aspects of day to day retailing including "Best Practices" Merchandising Tips, Independent Retailers Working Together to Promote Community, and Boosting Business with Online Technologies. The information was presented in a Roundtable Focus Group Format, in which three teams rotated every hour to attend each panel. This gave each team ample time for Q & A sessions with publishers, authors and editors.
I personally got a lot out of the address given by keynote speaker Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing. I felt he had the most intimidating task- to address the growing anxiety of retailers regarding the digital distribution of media. His Topic- "Will Digital Media Destroy Traditional Publishing?"
A compelling speaker, Mr. Adams used sales data from 2009 to answer this question. As of the end of 2009, digital media distribution had increased dramatically. However, in analyzing the pure numbers, he revealed that digital media distribution accounted for only 1% of the company's yearly revenue. Clearly traditional publishing was in no immediate danger! He even went so far as to suggest that some customers may "discover" their favorite titles online, and then migrate toward purchasing the print version for their collections. An interesting theory, and presented in a way that seemed to alleviate the retailer's concerns.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Meet the Principals- Volume II: Timothy Fling

Timothy Fling, a seasoned Sales Manager and Musician, brings over twenty years Marketing and Advertising experience to the fledgling company of Planet X Comics. With a diverse background of Profit and Loss Analysis, Public Relations and Guerilla Marketing, he lends a natural business savvy to the new venture. A lifelong Comics fan and collector, Timothy finds this business a natural match. When not constantly talking about numbers, Timothy enjoys Creative Writing, Videogaming and Complaining about Tyra Banks. Tim considers himself an expert on Silver Age Comics, Canadian Beer and Post- Apocalyptic Literature.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Notable Meetings

We were fortunate to be introduced to several key players in the Comic Book Industry. On the first night of our arrival, Dark Horse Comics hosted a welcome party featuring legendary author, editor and creator Jim Shooter. At the age of 14, Shooter began selling stories to DC Comics. Writing for both Action Comics and Adventure Comics, beginning with Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966), Shooter provided not only writing but pencil breakdowns as well. Shooter created several characters for the Legion of Super-Heroes including Karate Kid, a teenage superhero who predated the martial arts fad of the 1970s; Ferro Lad, a teenage superhero who can transform to living iron; and Princess Projectra, who could cast realistic illusions. He also created the Superman villain The Parasite. A super talented guy who has made a profound impact on the genre. The party at the Java Bar was sweet. We not only met Mr. Shooter, but we were pleased to meet several comic retailers from across the United States and Canada. This was invaluable experience for us to learn more about the industry- from people who had experienced the challenge first- hand. Dark Horse was giving away some great swag- autographed graphic novels and other cool stuff. Perhaps best of all- the drinks were free!

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo 2010

Like all good stories, this one starts at the beginning. After several weeks of intense competitive research, Rich G. and I decided to attend the retailer's convention in Chicago IL. This adventure began at the urging of John Kim of Diamond Comic Distributors, who wisely suggested we take the the time to interact with our retailer peers before the launch of our store. His advice was more valuable than we knew. We attended seminars on best retail practices, business planning, made contacts with independent publishers, and even learned a great deal about the impact of digital distribution on the Comic Book and Graphic Novel Industry.