Another Starbase 1552 Comics CONTEST!! Bill Sienkiewicz New Mutants Dead Souls #6 giveaway.

Back with another CBSI/ contest!!

The folks over at Starbase 1552 Comics have generously gifted CBSI with some of their brand new variants :  Bill Sienkiewicz exclusive cover for New Mutants Dead Souls #6.

Want to win a copy?  Good, because we're giving some away!!  Simply respond in the comments with your answer to WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP?




3 LUCKY WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON Sunday SEPTEMBER 16th so make sure to get your entry in before then!!



A big thanks to Mike Morello and of course Starbase 1552 Comics for setting us up with this awesome prize support!!


  • Set a pull list that way the control the amount of comics they order to the number of comics they are going to sell

  • I honestly let my guy know when books are heating up. He runs a shop with comics (and toys, movies, magic cards, etc) and he is super over worked and busy, but I’ve been going there for years so he knows me now.
    When I go up to the counter with my comics (often after reading top 10 on here) he always asks why I’m picking certain issues, and I always let him know, and will usually bring him a couple up if he has a bunch. He has given me a lot of comic knowledge, so I try to pay it forward.

  • The best way to support my local shop is to show up when the sales are and buy piles of comics so they can make space for new the inventory :’)

  • The best thing you can do for any local business you want to support (including your LCS) is to simply introduce your friends to it.

  • Find a shop you like with a owner you like, become a regular who makes big and small purchases and of course tell new collectors about your favorite shop!

  • The best way to support any local business is to factor in the humanity of customer service along with the camaraderie of social conversations that are often found in comic shops that you can’t get from buying from the internet. What’s the worth? I’d say, if your bottom line is always acquisition price, keep in mind, at the LCS, you can inspect the merchandise before buying as well as cherry pick the exact issues you want to buy of new releases, where buying online can be riddled by problems. If you love the convenience of going to a local shop, be it a hardware store, coffee house, donut shop, or comic book shop, yet don’t support it, but there comes a time where you need it, and find it’s closed and gone out of business due to financial reasons, you can only look in the mirror as being part of that reason. It’s that reason that I’m willing to pay extra to keep local merchants supported. I think the same applies with LCS. The x-factor that precludes that of course is if the LCS is a good place with friendly employees and reasonable prices of course.

  • There are several things, most Stores use social media, you can actually comment on those to attract attention. On top of that rather than get your books submitted for grades at a convention do it at your local store through them. Last but not least, if your a loyal patron you will find its a two way street. Loyalty Matters!

  • im not sure as a way to help my local Comic shop. I live in Alaska, we have 2 shops here. they both have to do multi-shop the stores. I see cards, toys, gaming not pcs, and always do specials which I see posted on fb, and commercials. the shops are in Fairbanks, the Comic Shop. it is run by a guy named Jarad Jordan. the other is in Anchorage, Boscos. I have to have pulls from both to get certain books. the smaller of the 2 is Comic Shop. I feel that they both are great stores, but if they closed, it would be so horrible for the collectors here. ordering is really bad, cant always get the comics shipped with any guarantees. bad packaging, over priced shipping, and bad sellers.

  • I think in this day and age social media is huge for all types of business and your LCS is no different. Make posts every week of your favorite pick ups. Randomly throw up shots of some of your favorite books from your collection. Do this on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, whatever your social media poison is. And make sure to shout out your LCS in comments or hashtags. You’d be surprised how much this can help other collectors or beginners find a shop and get into the game. Other than that you can go in and spend money til your broke. Lol.

  • Dan Piercy

    Buy books from them and support their social media.

  • Set up a pull list and buy back issues from them.

  • The best way to support your LCS is to start up a pull list, but make sure you pick up your books on the regular. They aren’t making any money while storing a stack of books for you that’s also taking up valuable space.

  • Definitely get a pull list going, and let other people know about it. The book shop I go to is kinda tucked away hidden so I let people know how to find it. Get to know the owner/owners too, it makes the whole experience better, because you can also have an exchange about comics or just shoot the shit. Spreading the word through social media is also a great way to get people aware. Shout out to Desert Oasis Comics in Palm Desert, Cali!

  • Pick up your pull list, bring friends (or at least recommend the store to friends) and try them before ordering online.

  • Set up a pull list, and pick up and pay for your books. Order any trades and pre-orders you want through them. Any other comic supplies and collectibles you spend money on purchase there. Let everyone you know that may be looking for anything they sell to check that shop. Give them positive feedback/ratings online.

  • Best way to support local comic store. Pick up your subscriptions.

  • WAIT, WHAT??? Sienkiewicz????
    PICK ME!, PICK ME!, PICK ME!!!!!!! 🙂

    The Best Way to Support your Local Comic Store? I think my way is a good way. I use their weekly Pull-List webpage to order my books for that week. In addition if I look over the 1000’s of back issues to find the one I use to read when I was a kid. Then, I try to stop for all different events they have during the year (mostly artist signing)

  • Denman00

    The best way to support your LCS on a small scale is to have a pull list. This is an LCSs life blood. Past that, develop relationships with them. Let them know what you’re researching or want to buy; others may want to buy that book/title too. Tell the owners what you think will be hot in advance so they can order more of a book. I’ve also given my LCSs some books with variant covers to sell for themselves. This is a cool thing to do and I usually get the books at a decent price so it doesn’t break the bank. I believe that donating those books to the LCS to sell creates a feeling for others that the LCS isn’t just a diamond subscriber but also purchases and sells books that usually come from online only. I’ve also offered my services as a presser (not advertised in the store, just to the owner) and an authorized witness for any guest artists/writers that visit the LCS for special occasions. Over and above all that, I try to participate in the various toy drives and the like for charitable causes around the city sponsored by my LCSs.

  • I set up a pull list at my lcbs and stop in once or twice a week. Whenever I go I always end up spending more than just what is in my pull box. I also bring my kids to the shop so that they can get an appreciation of shopping in a store.

  • Echoing many of the same thoughts on this – have a pull list, keep the owner / manager informed of changes, of things you want or don’t want. Also, get involved with any other activities the shop may sponsor: signings, trivia nights, screenings. And yeah, bring a friend!

  • Father_fanboy

    The best advice I can give to support your local LCS is to inquire directly for the things you’re looking for, services they might provide, etc. You never know what they’ll do for you unless you ask!

    (Spoiler alert–Starbase 1552 IS my LCS!) —I’ve actually communicated with my LCS owner (Hi Judd!) directly to ask him the best way to set up a pull-list. I don’t “subscribe” to titles except for one or two, but I buy a lot of things that look interesting to me either for reading or for pure speculation reasons. He’s happy to let me pre-order with the Diamond order #’s and holds them just like a pull list, and offers the same pull list discount! He also will submit CGC books at his cost (which is awesome), look for specific books for me, and pull things out of his warehouse that he has listed online if I let him know I’d like to purchase them. Even now he’s arranging signatures from the Cincinnati comic-con for those of us that can’t attend but would like to get a book signed! I’d have never known about any of this if I hadn’t asked!

  • 1. Go there almost every Wednesday.
    2. Give them a heads up on some books that have heat in the forums so they can order a decent amount.
    3. Encourage them to have in store events….present ideas that may bring in traffic
    4. Encourage them to have an online presence…Facebook, Insta…..
    a) They can post teasers
    b) New inventory
    c) New “Old” inventory
    d) Contests/Raffles
    5. Ask for a loyalty program. (One of my shops gives you a $5 credit for every $50 you spend and I wind up
    going there more and spending more)
    6. Ask for in store contests and/or raffles.
    (The raffles will bring in extra cash and make a lucky winner REAL happy.

  • Best way to support a lcs is to show up 3-4 time a week and keep buying from their back stock. And doubling down on events/sales

  • Buy often if you can and get to know your local shop owner….these small businesses NEED our support and they often bend over backwards to help you get your hands on things you want. You might just be surprised and some gems they might have stashed away.

  • Set up a pull list (pre-order), actually pick your product up in a timely manner, refer, refer, refer, interact w/ the staff and the store’s social media if they have any, and ask them first if they can re-order (or initially order) a book before hitting the auction sites.

  • Set up and be responsible to pay for a pull list.

  • One of the most important things I believe to support your LCS is to love comics! Love to read them! Talk about them! Flip them! It doesn’t matter. If you love comics, your LCS will benefit.

    You’re going to talk to friends and family about where you’re getting these awesome books and stories from.

    You’re going to show up whether there is a great sale or if it’s the 5th week in a month.

    You’re going to dig through all the back issue long boxes for that one minor key that is going to blow up into a must have character appearance.

    You’re going to love comics!

  • Visit and shop at your LCS weekly! Get others to go there as well. As an educator, I use comic books and graphic novels to promote literacy and visual arts. This often inspires students to get more involved with comics and they visit my LCS. My LCS also has a “Free comics for A’s” program where students receive free comics for each A or a free comic for every full grade improvement, like a D to a C on their report cards. I just happen to promote this program every report card period which gets kids into the store to get free books. What usually happens is kids AND parents shop for more items such as clothing, toys, and other merchandise. Building a love for comics with kids is really the best way to promote your LCS as you develop life long lovers, and customers of comics!

  • Buying from them.

  • I think not only being loyal and spending money at the store but verbal advertising would help bring people in.

  • I’ve recently offered to do a podcast or quick little YouTube video with my LCS owner. Shows his collection meet the staff talk about likes and comics but he said he was to busy however we will be able to do videos and casts i the shop and they could be a great way to drum up so business.

  • I see some good advice in many of these comments!

    Visit the shop at a time that is less busy for you and spend some extra time looking through their inventory. You may find some hidden gems that you’ve missed in your quick weekly visits.

    If your local shop carries back issues and you are going to sell or trade some of your collection, give them the first shot at buying them and consider accepting a reasonable offer at less than “top Ebay dollar” or store credit for your books. It may be less hassle and is likely to bank some serious karma with them.

    When you leave feedback on social media or in person, be sure to name drop the people working at the store that have been helpful to you and be specific in how they helped.

    If you have a complaint, address it politely in person first before carpet bombing them on social media. It may lack the gut satisfaction, but it is the polite thing to do, and gives them a chance to fix a problem before it becomes part of the permanent record on their digital front door.

    Be a good ambassador for comics fandom when you are in the store. You are a part of the sore’s environment. Keep your language clean and be polite to other shoppers, especially the younger generation of up and coming comics fans. Showing your enthusiasm for something you love is great, but please refrain from heated arguments over Wolverines hairstyle or who would win in a fight between Mighty Mouse and Superman.

  • Im sure this has been by everyone else, but its the basic premise for a good buyer/shop relationship. Buy the comics that you order. Buy them every week if possible. Communicate openly with them if you want to cancel something, add something, etc. Don’t just assume.

  • Most important way to support is buy comics from them. While I can save money buying through Midtown, etc my LCBS has gone above and beyond and got me copies they didn’t order. I don’t buy the incentive variants because they tend to be high at my shop (their other locations (larger stores) have better pricing). I buy my supplies there as well. They also allow me to buy my stack once a month. I used to buy weekly but work has got in the way.

    Social media tags help a lot as well. I tag all my pick-ups from them on Instagram.

  • Set up a pull list. Attend any special events. Send your friends and share the love on social media.

  • I have helped support my local shop(s) in the following ways:
    1. Pull list with 15-35 titles. I add and drop pretty often, but always clear my box before I drop a title.
    2. Always check for and buy books from the shop before buying online. Sometimes I pay more than eBay prices, many times I pay less.
    3. Share social media posts. My shop, Ultimate Comics, updates their social media fairly often. I share most of it, but I don’t check my accounts everyday.
    4. Buy non-comic book items. The profit margins on new books are minimal compared to some of the other items sold in a lot of shops.
    5. Attend as many events as possible. Ultimate Comics has a lot of great events and sales. They host one of the best free comic book day events, probably in the southeast. They bring in top creators like Neal Adams, Kevin Eastman, Donny Cates, Fiona Staples, Charles Soule, Gerard Way and Tommy Lee Edwards just to name a few. They are also the folks behind NC Comicon and have grown the event every year. They do these events with the help of a lot of volunteers. I have volunteered for several FCBD events and NC Comicon
    6. Hang event posters on the door of my classroom. Many of my students are into comics, so I’m always sure to let them know when a new event is coming up.
    7. Wear and display shop merchandise. (They actually have a deal that I haven’t yet considered taking, but several people have. If someone gets a tattoo of their logo, they offer a lifetime discount on all items in the shop. I don’t remember the exact percentage, but I’m certain it’s 20% off or more. I love my shop, but not sure about showing that love with ink…..yet).

    To be fair, Ultimate Comics would do just fine if I stopped shopping there tomorrow. They had one location when I found them a little over 7 years ago, but now have 3 locations that are very popular, top notch comic shops. The credit for mine and a lot of people’s support goes to the owner and the staff who are very friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to talk to. They also provide excellent customer service and deserve all of the support they get. Supporting a local shop is only important if that shop is deserving of that support. If you have one near you, do not take it for granted. Spending your money there is only a portion of what can be done to make sure it thrives. Spread the word of your experiences, volunteer to help with special events, get to know the staff and the support will become mutual and lasting.

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