GameStop Retailers To Begin Selling Comic Books Soon
Soon GameStop will be stocking their shelves with more than just video games, novelty goods like Funko! Pops and other various paraphernalia. In fact, they’ll be introducing comic books as part of their diverse assortment of retail offers. From Batman, to Ricky & Morty, Captain America, and the Saga series – GameStop will host a large variety of series set to arrive this month. Where exactly will this be happening and why hasn’t this been officially announced?
According to a leak Bleeding Cool followed, this new phase will begin as a test at select retail locations first. James Parker, a company buyer divulges their plans of 20 branches of both GameStop and ThinkGeek will be stocking their stores with monthly selections. A modest launch in comparison to the sheer number of retail spaces out there and it will host mostly DC and Marvel franchises. Here’s what Parker officially revealed:
We are indeed getting into comics, as a retail test forum. Comics are often a part of our promotional entertainment industry environment, including video games – we can learn from this tribal knowledge. We have indeed partnered with Diamond to carry a small selection of comics in 40 stores utilizing their new spinner rack. The comics are mostly from Marvel and DC with a focus on key series and titles.
This is just a small launch to bring comics to some of our collectibles stores as they fit with the current trend of Collectibles that are performing in the market. Should this prove successful, we may consider rolling out to additional stores in the future but plan to keep it limited to the spinner rack for the foreseeable future. Of course, you can expect to see some exclusive variants from us in the future.”
With over seven-thousand GameStop locations in addition to the few dozen ThinkGeek ones, if this proves a fruitful endeavor, they may become a one-stop shop for both gaming and nerd culture. The consequences on small and locally-operated comic book shops may sense oncoming danger. What do you think of this move of adding comics to their array of retail offers? Do you think the company has any business with comics or is this a good move despite what people might say? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on DFTG Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here’s some of our latest:
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