I am currently running a campaign to get a $10K loan crowd funded through Kiva. Basically, it is a zero interest loan where the funds come from a bunch of separate lenders combining to reach the total. My plan is to use the funds to improve Nix Comics by expanding the number of publications I am going to publish in 2018 (paying more artists and writers in the process) and buying more truly indie comics and and records direct from artists, publishers and labels for resale on the Nix mail order site.
If you'd like to help me reach my $10K goal, please check out the link below:
Every pledge helps, but I'm also hoping that some good folks will forward the link to any patrons of the comic arts that they might know.
Hey Kids... Remember a couple years ago when I ran kickstarter to try and fund a pocket reprint edition of Darren Merinuk's Rockin' Bones material? Also remember how only some of you were hip enough to pledge for that awesome stuff and the kickstarter failed to reach goal? (Only a little bitter, because I get it: Some of you know how cool this stuff is and others need to find out!)
Well... Good news for both the faithful and the uninitiated! I'm swung a deal with King Merinuk to start posting the material on nix-retail.com
Check it out here:
Many of you have heard that What the Rock?! Is going to be closing up their brick and mortar shop at the end of the year. If not, here is their facebook post and an article on columbusunderground.
Naturally, I knew this was coming and quietly made arrangements to close up the pop up shop I ran inside of WTR on “Black Friday.” Thanks to everybody who came out to support my little comics ‘n records nook. For those of you who never made it out… You missed something fun, but hey, I know you were probably busy and broke.
Special thanks to Mike Renner and Heather Ziegler for having me in their space this year. It was great boon to have a space to sell Nix Comics titles as well as the art and music of the people who inspire Nix. (Past and present!)
Which is a nice segue to something that is exciting to me… Barring some sort of major financial set back, this will be the first year that Nix Comics has ended up on the right side of a good thing: Nix Comics is the black for the first time in six years.
My total revenue so far is $7,849 and total expenses are $5573.48. Not enough to live on, but pretty close to the average $200 net a month I was hoping for. Those totals are from the store, website, ebay, shows, advertising sales and the last bit of revenue from the sketch in the City series for the Columbus Alive.
Looking at sales, here are some things I didn’t expect:
The highest selling individual category of merchandise was original artwork. (about $1800 Gross) This was largely thanks to the three art shows I held in the space and I have my wheels turning on how I might continue to help my friends sell their artwork.
New Comics (Nix and other) outsold new records by better than a 2 to 1 ratio ($1900 to $900) For whatever reason, I think the record folks in town never quite made the connection that my shop had vinyl.
Used merchandise had kind of anemic sales compared to new stuff. Used Records marginally outsold used comics. ($860 to 630)
The worst month for sales was October by a considerable margin. I only made $367 in sales for October, which includes a day’s worth of CXC. That’s $150 less than the wintery short month of February and a May where sales suffered because Mike and Heather were on their rock festival tour. My past retail experience has been that october is usually pretty good. Where the hell was everybody?
Website sales at nix-retail.com have been slow. Like glacial. It’s weird to me given that my old mail order site used to get some fairly regular traffic.
Over all, sales month to month were a lot more spiky than I thought they would be. I had it in my head that I was making steady strides upward every month, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I haven't yet dug deep into analyzing these ups and downs, but as a casual observation, the upward spikes seem to correlate with art openings and other events held in the store. (That would make sense, yeah?)
So what’s next? I’m not super sure. I would like to keep up the momentum in 2018, but I don’t want to make any rash or impulsive commitments. If another opportunity to set up a store space comes up, I will take a good look at it. Anything I did along those lines would have to both be a reasonable financial deal and carry the same good vibes that I got working with What the Rock?!
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.