Schindler, Minnesota, Michael Stravinsky discussed on The Spectacular Comic Book Podcast


To get them out on the marketplace fairly soon. So let's say you do stop providing comics to these stores that are still open when everything opens up. Let's say there's a magical day where they open at once so it's not going to happen but let's say that does happen do think it'll be staggered and released. Let's say you have four issues a night wing that are stacked up or will they just all be available on that day. What's what's your opinion of that. I think it depends on how long the shutdowns last if stores are closed on average. Let's say one month Then we might be able to come back with something that approximates a reasonable schedule if it goes longer. Obviously you can't have him. I wouldn't think first of all. I should say i don't work in on the business side of it so i can't say for sure but a stores are closed a long time. You know. i don't know they can come back with a big market dump of product. So i think it's a long way of me saying i'm not sure everybody knows yet because we don't know how long this is going to last and we don't know how long it's going to take for example to perhaps fine viable alternatives and so to a certain extent. This is just uncharted territory. That were all trying to figure out. What does this mean as it goes on because every day seems to bring something different. So it's really going to get down to How long is this going to last. What is the state of the industry at that. Time who is still left to facilitate product movement Things like that. And i don't know that we have those answers yet. Yeah yeah it's it's been really eerie for me. Like i've been buying connex every wednesday since i was like eight or nine years old. Going to schindler's comics or schindler's was a bookseller tobacco seller baseball card seller in minnesota. It was one of my favorite spots to go as a child in any wednesday that there wasn't new books kind of left like a hole in my gut right like a hole in my heart. Like i was like. Oh i gotta come back tomorrow. It didn't feel right because it was clockwork for me right now. It's just like they're all gone. I'm outta new books to read. And so what i've been doing is reaching out to all of the minnesota vendors all the minnesota comic book shops to see what options they have for back issues and for our listeners. Out there that is something you can do reach out to him either. Facebook email phone. See what what options you have available because even if the storefront is an open they might be able to sell you trades and stuff like that through the internet or you know who knows you might end up driving to someone's house or something but there are ways to continue getting books what i would hope at this point. Is that If you go ahead and look at the essential businesses list that the governor has provided. It's it's bizarre. I mean basically if if you're affiliated with the union in any kind of shape or form great you're doing great right if you work with government great. You're doing wonderful. But i think what would be practical to me is Some kind of an order that says if you have a retail establishment and you can basically service your customer base as a takeout restaurant does so they don't even have to come inside you. Just carry the product out and boom there. It is that that would take us a long way to at least getting started again. And i think that's also very reasonable alternative. Because i am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt when they started to make the decisions to close down so many businesses they did not possibly see all the ramifications coming that they are encountering. And i think that's the nature of government in a way that by and large they are people who have never worked in business so they obviously don't see the full reach what it is that they're doing and that's not to say that they didn't have a lot to consider. Obviously you know with corona virus and everything else is just that like so many of us you make decisions and there are ripple effects that you could not contemplate. That's all in terms of the state of the world rate now. Have you been inspired by by. What's going on right stories. Obviously you know when nine eleven happened. There was that very famous spiderman issue. That came out. I think it was j michael stravinsky. I might be butchering that. But they're released an issue shortly after. What are what is it kinda like for the creators right now of being in this uncertain time is changing some of the stories you have in your head or maybe creating new ones that you're going to bring forward in the next couple of months. It probably will more as we get past it. Part of it is. We're in the middle of it right so when nine eleven happened that was an event that happened in as inning of the towers and the pentagon themselves that happened in a very finite period of time and after that it became about cleanup and recovery. In how do we deal with it. And and that sort of thing. This is much more an ongoing situation that we don't have a handle on yet. I if someone were to say to me right now how do you make a story. Out of the corona virus. I don't know where i would start because as as it's something that isn't done yet. I haven't formulated my own complete thoughts on it yet. I feel like i don't have perspective. So that being the case man. I i don't know i just don't know where i would start for. Sure there's gonna come a day where i might but right now. I don't know what that would be when i think about it. It's like separation loneliness uncertainty. There's there's this kind of panic that just kind of hangs over everything and that very much goes against kind of the superhero code right like it's it's a very different thing. It's a very unsettling kind of take on the on the world and yeah. I'm curious to see what kind of happens to storytelling in general not just comic books but movies and tv shows and everything like that as as we kind of move forward hopefully not long right like i mean. That's the thing you keep hearing eighteen months and it's like can we even get that far right with business. Being shutdown comic book shops alone of have been struggling. You know even before the virus right. So i'm really worried about when things restart like what's still going to be there right. Yeah i and i think you hit on the key word earlier which is uncertainty and you know in a way you know. Superhero stories are all about certainty right. I mean here's the bad guy. Here's the conflict hero goes out and beat and takes care of it or he doesn't she doesn't whichever and then there are lessons learned from that something like that but the very nature of stories are that they have a beginning middle of an end and an end and where we are right now and i mean we don't know are we at the beginning or are we at the middle you know. We know we're not at the end. So that's what we're trying to figure out. Have you noticed like a surge in in digital downloads or subscriptions to digital companies such as marble or was it com ecology or something like that. It does that it's actually just the opposite because what we've been doing is withholding product on the digital platforms. Because what would happen is. Let's say i'll use my own book. As an example so might seventy. I think shipped two weeks ago maybe three so anybody wants read the next issue right wing seventy one if we put it on the digital platform we would. We know we will get x. Number of downloads and sales. But the problem is.

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