Apparently, his father had weathered the collapse of the comic market in the early 1980s and made a big profit from the following "black and white comics explosion" -as did many other store owners, publishers and creators. All spelling is down to him!
"I was talkin to my dad about the way the business is going. Sales aint that great despite the hype. He sez it is exactly like the 1980s collapse. He read about all these black and white comics and sez its just like the 8ties...."
He's getting there, bear with it....no, I'll make this short so you don't suffer like I did. Customers are getting a bit jaded. They can see the "immunent collapse of comics" and remembered the black and white "fall-back". This is, it seems, MY chance to get books into their store. I supply them at 45% discount and once they all sell they'll "settle up what is owed".
My response was less than polite but I do know this store has actually laughed at Small Pressers in the past when they asked about taking some of their books. Doug told me the response he got was "Sonny, this ain't a crayon lesson at kindergarten -this is big boys comics!"
"I would like the thank both you and your father for your incredible lack of support to Independent Comics over the years. While we all struggled to make a living because store owners never gave a fuck about us because you were all raking in money from your Diamond Previews stock. And NOW you see a downturn in comic sales so you want US to save your asses again? You want ME to foot the shipping bill for free comics to you in the US and I can then hope and pray you are honest and WILL pay me a pittance from my hard work? Fuck you. Fuck your store. Who gives a shit if you go out of business because you mean nothing -NOTHING- to me. Harsh? Well that is what you and other store owners have been saying to us Independent creators for years!"
And it isn't just me. Small Pressers have been told by store owners in the US that they will be in touch when mainstream comics hit the bottom BUT making it clear they'll be expecting a big discount on comics they do take and not payable up-front either.
Yep, looks like the rats are scrambling to survive.