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Kray Z Comics and Stories 456: April/May Previews

Normally, Cory!! and Joe go over what is in Previews every month. They discuss the new series, collections and oddities to help you make your order. However, everything is up in the air. Shops are closed, Diamond is closed, orders aren’t due yet, and we still don’t know when comics will be available again.

So,. It’s the monthly Previews episode with lots of extra comics discussion and background on the stuff in the monthly catalog, extra shenanigans and an episode that clocks in after over TWO AND A HALF HOURS! They discuss previews, and things like:

Cory!! and Joe go over the current state of comics distribution

Cory!! says something bad about an EC comic. YES, HE DID!!! How DARE he?

The show gives investment advice!

Why Cory!! turned on John Byrne’s Superman

Joe wins a trivia challenge!

How is the art in the Spider-Man Annual where he married Mary Jane?

AND, cooking suggestions?

All of this, the usual shenanigans, over an HOUR of extra comics discussion for a truly super-sized episode!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 455: What’s goin’ on with Tim Schulte of Granite City Comics

It’s a strange time for us comic books fans. Stores are closed due to Covid 19. The ones that are open aren’t getting new comics because Diamond Distribution is closed. Even some publishers are having trouble getting comics printed due to printers being shut down.

There are tons of stories out there abut what happens next.

To get a good picture of what is going on in the comics industry on the retail level, we speak with Tim Schulte, owner of Granite City Comics. He gives a history of how he purchased the store.

How did the stay at home order in Minnesota affect his shop?

What happened when Diamond shut down

How he was able to bulk up on graphic novels before the shut down.

What about Free Comic Book Bay this year?

Stuff he has been doing with his shop since the shut down.

You can visit Tim’s shop on his site and on eBay:

https://granitecitycomics.com/

https://www.ebay.com/usr/spidre64?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 454: How Did We Get Here, Diamond Edition

Diamond is the only distributor of direct sales comics, but how did that happen?  How did we go from comics at grocery stores, five a dime stores and newsstands to shops only?  What is that path that got us here, and what does the future hold in these uncertain times?
Cory!! and Joe break down the history of comics distribution and explain how Diamond got to be the last company standing in the wars of the 80’s and 90’s. They also discuss things like:

Why was the creator of Marvel hauled into court repeatedly in the 1930’s?

What nearly killed comics in the 50’s?

Why did the direct market come about?

Where did the whole idea of the Direct Market for comics come from?

How does the direct market work? 

What happened to get rid of as bunch of distributors in the mid 80’s

Why did the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nearly kill comics?

How Marvel almost killed comics in the 90’s.

How distribution changed after the 90’s collapse.

Where do we go from here?

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 453: Talking Comics with Geeky Redhead Pin Up Gal Sabrina Zaremba

We have a special guest on the show this week, as we talk comics with artist, comics broadcaster and all around wonderful person Sabrina Zaremba! Wwe find out ahout how she did extra homework for comics, hwo she has studieed fine art and comics, and is using Instagram or Facebook to generate an audience for talking about comics!

We also discuss the comics we love, how you can help support your comics shop, and the growing rumor than comic publishing may come back with a Big Time Crossover story!

Check our Sabrina’s websites for more information, awesome pictures and to commission art!

https://instagram.com/thegeekypinupredhead?igshid=1om4l01yv8e79

https://www.facebook.com/sabrina.zaremba.3

https://sabrinazaremba55.wixsite.com/thegeekypinupredhead

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 452: What the…?

Comics have come to a screeching halt, and Joe “Kray Z” Rider did not know it before we started, you get his reaction to the news in real time. 

Is it real time if we recorded it last Monday and this is all delayed by a week?

Is that still in real time?

Is anything real any more? Is this the real life? Is it just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality

Oh yeah. No new comics for the time being!!!

They discuss:

  • Cory!! and Joe discuss what shops can do in this strange time to keep their businesses open.
  • DC is no longer able to print ANYTHING due to their printer shutting down.
  • What options do comic shops have without new product?   
  • Will comics shops push digital comics?
  • Will PUBLISHERS keep releasing new stuff digitally?
  • Selling and buying comics on the eBays.

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

NO TIGERS WERE PETTED IN THIS EPISODE!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 451: March Previews

It’s an old tradition here at Kray Z Comics and Stories, when a new issue of Previews comes out, Cory!! and Joe go through it and point out the new things, the exciting things, and the collected editions that they either want or recommend.

They also answer listener mail, go off on wild tangents, and much, much more in this Super-Size (that means extra long) edition of Kray Z Comics and Stories!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 450: March Into Comics Reviews

Oh dear what can I do

Joe’s feeling sick and I’m feeling blue

Tell me oh, what can I do

He’ll cough and hack

And Cory dresses is black

And he edit’s Joe’s cough and hack

So he dresses in black

So, we review comics for you:

Comics reviewed:

Blood and Drugs By Lance Ward

The Cimmerian – Writer: Jean-David Morvan Artist: Pierre Alary 

https://katbaumannart.wixsite.com/katbaumannart

Billionaire Island – Writer Mike Russell Artist: Steve Pugh

Empress of Thieves – Jay Hoenstien

Marvel – Marvel anthology series

The Chronos Files Time Trial – Risa Walker

Strange Academy – Stottie Young and Humberto Ramos

All of this, less than usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 449: Tommie Commie Con

Joe starts by answering a famous questionnaire that may tell you more about him, if he stay on topic. This leads to Joe talking about what he did while his beloved wife was out of town.

-Joe gives his idea for a new kind of comic shop

-Joe went to a small convention called Tommicon run by Tom Nguyen, and goes over the books he picked up at the show from creators who tabled

-Joe also discusses why he may not be able to take vacation and go to other conventions

-We get a Ask the Strode and Does Joe Know?

-Buying back issues that people don’t know have gone up massively in price

-Cory uses WCW to explain how corporations handle things when they take over a company and how it may affect DC Comics

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 448: eBaying Your Comics 101

Joe “Kray Z” Rider tells us every week what is going on on the eBays, but what if YOU want to start doing stuff on the eBays? Where do you start? How do you list things? How do you navigate all of the options out there? What are the nuts and bolts of being successful on eBay?

You are in luck because Joe is going to spill the secrets, the processes and everything else you need to learn how to do to sell your stuff on eBay successfully while Cory!! sits back, has a beer and wasits to toss in something about comics.

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 447: Digital Comics

It’s a fill in episode! Cory holds court on digital comics. He discusses the origins of the idea of digital comics, how the major and minor companies moved into digital comics, and where it all stands currently.

Cory then goes over the services he uses, what works best and what isn’t all that great, and the stuff he buys as physical copies and what he buys as digital comics.

He also discusses:

  • Dan Didio being let go by DC
  • What in the flaming blue hootie is microfiche?
  • When did Marvel and DC start selling digital comics?
  • What services are worth subscribing to?
  • What are the pros and cons of digital comics?
  • The love of used bookstores

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