Time Warp Comics has been awarded the “Best Practices Award for Best Graphic Novel Section”, by Diamond Comics Distributors.
We are honored to be considered for such an award, as there are so many stores out there who have great graphic novel selections.
Here is the write up Diamond did concerning Time Warp’s graphic novel selection, as taken from their website.
“Despite competing within a group of well-qualified candidates, Time Warp Comics in Boulder, Colorado walked away with Diamond’s fall Best Practices Award for best Graphic Novel section. Diamond was able to catch up with Wayne Winsett, owner of Time Warp Comics, to reflect on what makes a great graphic novel section.”
What makes your Graphic Novel Section unique compared to any other store’s?
Wayne: The cool thing about our graphic novel section is quantity and quality. We carry all publishers, and divide them on our shelves so people can find what they need quickly and easily. Of course we are always here to help guide to the right place, but we also have other sub categories, which are: All ages, Joss Whedon section, Award Winners, Recommended graphic novel, Vertigo , Art, Books About Comics, etc.
What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of creating a good Graphic Novel section?
Keeping it organized alphabetically and making sure customers can find what they need easily. Neatness counts!
Do you take any tips from libraries or book stores?
No, we have been around so long, I think they take tips from us. One unique thing we’ve done here since the mid 1970’s is we give a 10% discount of graphic novels if they buy three or more. Most people will buy an extra to get that extra monetary incentive.
What’s your most popular graphic novel right now?
Black Hammer Vol. 1 is blowing out of here. Everyone here reads it, loves it and recommends it every single chance we get. In addition to selling tons of the regular monthly series, we’ve sold over 50 copies of the graphic novel so far !
What is the difference in marketing and selling graphic novels versus weeklies?
The graphic novels are overtaking monthly issues in a lot of cases nowadays. It seems like people are buying the first couple of monthly issues to see if they like them, and if so , they wait until the tp comes out and buy that . It makes it tough on our ordering, because people will move on to the next thing very quickly. The best part of graphic novels is that they have a beginning , middle and an end, and people like having a complete story they can put on their bookcase. No more looking in comic boxes is a plus.
If your staff had to agree on one graphic novel or graphic novel series to push for forever would you be able to? And if so what would it be?
This is easy. It’s all about Saga here. Ever since the series started, it have been our top seller, whether it is monthly issues or trades. We’ve sold thousands of the trades here, and they just keep selling and selling, with no end in sight. It’s almost a license to print money.”
Here’s a glimpse of our graphic novel selection.