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Obama Saves Comic Store?

The President does what superheroes have been having a hard time doing lately.

President Obama is the man.  Not only did has he become the forty-fourth President of the United States, he also managed to save a comic store in Hoboken, New Jersey.  How exactly did he manage this?  It actually took very little effort on his part.  Because of the sales to Amazing Spider-Man #583 and it's multiple printings (a fourth is on its way), the comic store in question has seen their sales increase.
 "Obama saved our sales," said SteveKilnisan, owner of Traders of Babylon. "Otherwise we would have been down, but we're doing better than we were last year at this time, and the year before."

It's not just comic books. Traders of Babylon has also sold more than 2,000 Obama T-shirts. They still have a few Obama trading cards, which are now out of print.

"I don't think he's so much of a cult figure; he's a cool figure," Kilnisan said. "People see him as a ray of hope. America is seen as cool again because of his election."

I would hope that all the excitement of this issue will result in return shoppers to comic stores everywhere.  Comic stores have been facing hard times with the increase in cover price, the decrease of costumers and the number of people that are buying tradepaperbacks in the mass retail book stores.  If comic stores disappear, we won't be seeing as many new comics or characters as we have.  Let's hope the sales continue.
22 Comments
Posted by Mr.Voo the Doo

He's so great he just needs to be seen for things to get better
a true president

Posted by Donnieman v5.1

Obama is a champion of mankind.

Posted by Captain Hazard

I'm already tried of hearing about this issue.

Posted by G-Man

It could've been a stellar issue but it was just an okay one.  I wish they had done more to win over new readers.  It is a little tiresome but from an industry viewpoint, if it increases sales or awareness of comics and comic shops, it's a good thing.  More readers mean more comics for us.  Publishers won't have to cut back on books if everything is up.

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Posted by King Saturn
Got Damn... Obama hasnt even been in Office a full week yet... and people already calling him the Messiah... let him do a few policy changes first... hell at least lets see what we get from the Stimulus Package
Posted by Nighthunter
Captain Hazard said:
"I'm already tried of hearing about this issue."
Posted by Supreme Marvel

Yeah, I'm "tried" too. lol

Posted by Captain Hazard
Supreme Marvel said:
"Yeah, I'm "tried" too. lol"
Jerk:P
Posted by King Saturn
He He He ^^
Posted by HaloKing343

I'm one of those assholes who buys trade paperbacks in stores like borders. I feel really guilty now.

Posted by Omega-level Supreme

Now if only this had happened sooner. The comic shop in my town bellied up early last year. I have too go serveral cities out off town just to keep up with the old stuff. : (

Posted by Omega-level Supreme
HaloKing343 said:
"I'm one of those assholes who buys trade paperbacks in stores like borders. I feel really guilty now."
I'm relagated to Barnes & Nobles. :(
Posted by HaloKing343

Yeah, it is just that comics seam too expensive now and frankly I don't usually buy a lot when I go anyway. Usually, it isn't worth the trip to the store. I can just get trade paperbacks online or in bookstores. I feel really guilty though because the workers at the comic stores are some of the nicest people.

Posted by inferiorego
HaloKing343 said:
"Yeah, it is just that comics seam too expensive now and frankly I don't usually buy a lot when I go anyway. Usually, it isn't worth the trip to the store. I can just get trade paperbacks online or in bookstores. I feel really guilty though because the workers at the comic stores are some of the nicest people."
We are if the customer isn't a douchebag
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Posted by reaper2923

thats awesome only thing i have a problem with is all the hype of obama he became a president woopdie do everyone doesnt need to make it such a big ordeal. But still the fact that he reads comics i heard is pretty chill. Now i feel guilty for buying Watchmen and Marvel Civil War at Barnes and Noble.

Posted by Superkitty

Did they battle The Winker?

Posted by NatyWinchester95

wow.. people are making a big deal about this issue.

i heard it on TV and read it on the newspaper when it came out
Posted by SilverZeo

Scew Spidey, Give Pres Obama his own comic!

Posted by G'bandit

So, once again the day is saved thanks to! The powerpu-- Ahem.. Obama!
Posted by Iceking21
SilverZeo said:

"Scew Spidey, Give Pres Obama his own comic!"

he had one and it has yet to sell a copy at the store i work at. the truth is people bought the comic for the possible value it could have (but aside from the first issue it wont) More people called claiming they just wanted it for investment purposes (as if the store would rather sell to a one time buyer who had no interest in anything but the short story at the end of a comic as opposed to a Spidey-fan who wants to read the story, but is inconvenienced by speculators and obamaniacs)
Posted by Vance Astro

Too bad that comic was a weak story....

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Posted by Hawk

When Savage Dragon is fist bumping Obama we got a problem