Buck Slaughter's Book of Rock N Roll Facts #2 is at the printer and slated to be released at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) and ship in the first week of October!
Issue #2 goes deeper into the lives of rekkid store owner Buck Slaughter and his only two customers, the Wiener Kid and Sleepy Kay.
32 pages, B&W 5.5x8.5 comic
Written and drawn by Ken Eppstein
Pre-order your copy today at nix-retail.com
Nix Comics is happy to announce that the call for participation in Zing Fling #2 is currently open.
Zine Fling is a classic swap where everybody participating creates a new zine to trade with everyone else in the Fling. (So, if you are one of 8 people participating, you will create 1 zine and get 7 in return.)
Here are the rules for participation:
TALES FROM THE CRATE #3
The Nix Comics Zine that asks the question: "What kind of trouble can Ken get into with a $50 budget at a record Sale?"
A 20 page B&W Zine with reviews of records bought at Lost Weekend Records "$4 off Any Record Priced $5 or Higher" Sale.
Release Party scheduled for Friday, August 18th at:
Nix Comics @ What The Rock?!
3039 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, OH 43202
Cover Price $3.
Purchase at shop or nix-retail.com
Nix Comics at What the Rock?! is proud to prsent our June art show, Output Logic featuring mixed media works by Raeghan the Savage!
Join us for the reception at 3039 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio om June 9th from 6 to 9pm!
The show will be running from June 9th until July 8th.
Hey there small pressers and zinesters… Consider this your invitation to particpate in the 1st Nix Comics sponsored “Zine Fling.” The basic idea of the fling is that everyone participating creates a new zine to share with all of the other participants. Basically the idea is that you submit one zine and get back a whole pile of zines in return.
Here are the rules for participation:
Time to put out a new edition of Belligerent Kitties, the comic which features pictures af cute cats saying vile shit. That means I new batch of artists to give me hand drawn pictures of cute cats in return for 10 copies of the final book.
(Full Disclosure: They sell pretty well at conventions and craft fairs and such, but honestly, it is by far the worst deal I ever offer artists for Nix Comics projects.
If that sounds good to you, here are the submssion guidelines:
Deadline for submissions is April 30th.
I know that many of the people who check out my website are also creators who are interested in the "inside baseball" type stuff about Nix Comics operations, so I thought I would do a quick update about my progress with my addition of a retail element to my publlishing efforts.
The basic idea is that I don't trust crowdfunding and comic shows to be a consistent source of funds for publishing Nix Comics, so I have started selling comics and records again. I am focusing on comics, records and art bought as directly from the artist and publisher as possible and a heavily curated selection of used mechandise that jibes with Nix Comics. Basically, if I can back $200 or so a month, Net, I can put out a whole color issue of Nix Comics Quarterly or Nix Western.
Here's what sales and expenses looked like (roughly) for the first quarter of 2017:
Gross Sales Wholesale Expenses Net
January $623.35 $356.10 $210.00 $57.25
February $297.00 $178.51 $305.49 -$187.00
March $1,194.00 $537.12 $450.47 $206.41
YTD $2,114.35 $1,071.73 $965.96 $76.66
Gross sales includes both sales at the What the Rock?! store front, website sales, ebay sales, comic shows and things like sponsorships/ads.
Wholesale is the actual amount I spent to get the items sold including shipping. I included the normal rate I charge other stores for Nix titles. The idea is to sink all of this back into more merch.
Expenses include rent at What the Rock?!, advertising, event costs, website hosting, marketing, etc.
Basically, March was pretty much where I wanted things to be, but I think its too early in this venture to expect that to be a consistent thing. More ups and downs are coming, I think! The sales at nix-retail.com have been super disappointing so far, but sales at the brick and mortar are slightly better than I had hoped.
So what all has been selling? It's kind of all over the map. Here are the general categories I have set up:
Category Retail Wholesale Mark Up Qty
New Book $145.00 $93.56 55% 7
New Comic $239.85 $128.76 86% 26
Nix Publications $282.00 $144.00 96% 72
Used Comics $105.00 $53.80 95% 23
New Record $348.50 $249.97 39% 21
Used Record $214.00 $121.24 77% 31
New Zine $22.00 $8.86 148% 9
Used Zine $76.00 $46.86 62% 10
Original Art $222.00 $126.78 75% 11
Prints $186.00 $97.90 90% 8
Total $1,840.35 $1,071.73 218
Kind of cool that comics and literature are way outsellling records. I expected the opposite to be the case. Ideally I want a bump in quantity of "new records" sales since they have the lowest mark up. They are taking up a lot of space for a product type that is netting like $30/month.
Ideally, I would like to see the average item sold averaging around $10-12 each with an average wholesale rate of $6-7, growth which I think will happen as people start discovering the store and website.
Average Price of items sold $8.44
Average Wholesale of items sold $4.92
Average Mark Up 72%
Nix Comics has recruited some of the best Columbus area artists to create a series of gig posters for our first annual fictional "Risen From The Grave" poster show!
Finished printed posters will be seen side by side with the original artwork to give you a feel for the process of making a poster!
Opening is Saturday March 11 at 6:00pm. The show will be open through the month of March. Admission is free and refreshments will be had!
Artists and Subjects include:
Bob Ray Starker: Esquerita - Michael Neno: Mary Wells - Rich Trask: Roy Orbison - Matt Wyatt: Stiv Bators & Johnny Thunders - Leighanna DeRouen: Wendy O Williams & Tammy Wynette - Raeghan the Savage: Poly Styrene & Rosetta Tharpe
SORRY! Orders for Poster sets are closed!