Frequently Asked Questions
Since I announced our “Win A Local Comic Shop Contest” we’ve gotten a lot of really great questions that we want to address here.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you don’t see!
Do I Need To Live In lllinois To Enter?
No. I think it would make your life a lot easier to oversee the store, but it is not a requirement.
How Are Winners Selected?
Winners will be select on a merit-basis by the answer to the question, what makes a great comic book store? This is not a raffle or a drawing.
Why Is There A Five Hundred Person Minimum?
The reasons are two.
First, I want a representative sample to choose my successor from. The number needed to be low enough that I thought it was attainable but high enough where I could be confident I would have a solid pool to choose from.
Second, I need help spreading the word about the contest. If I didn’t set a minimum, contestants would have no incentive to share the contest. In fact, anyone interested would horde the contest to themselves and keep it from reaching a bigger audience in an attempt to increase their chances. With the minimum, even hopeful contestants will be inspired to spread the word.
Why Am I Leaving The Business?
As you may know, I do a lot. I am a practicing attorney, I run two local comic shops, I am recently married, and I am an author moving into publishing.
Chimera’s Comics put out our first original graphic novel, Magnificent, last year. We raised nearly $8,000 on Kickstarter to fund this coming-of-age story about a Chicago superhero’s journey before and after a disaster changes the world forever.
And in a few weeks we’ll be releasing a scifi horror graphic novel anthology called Cellar Door, featuring 15 different stories cut from the same cloth as H.P. Lovecraft and The Twilight Zone. This project raised over $12,000 on Kickstarter.
Writing and publishing is becoming my passion. I have two more graphic novels in the works right now which I feel are socially relevant and artistically amazing. I am the co-founder of the international event Buy Indie Comics Day, and I have two super secret projects in development too.
I want to change the comic book industry, leave my mark on the entertainment world, and maybe leave our society a little better for it, even just in my little corner of the world. But people have been telling me for years I’m spreading myself too thin and now I’m finally understanding it. I am doing the store a disservice by not being there. I am doing everything less well than I could. So I need to focus.
Why Is There An Application Fee?
The reasons are three.
First, I wish I was made of money and could just give away tens of thousands of dollars of product and inventory, but I’m not. I need to offset some costs, including costs associated with running the contest, as well as the immense amount of time it will take me to read 10,000 words of essays.
Second, a small application fee sets apart serious contestants from casual passersby. If you aren’t willing to put in $25, should I really be trusting you with my life’s work?
Third, like most businesses, my stores operate with a certain amount of open accounts payable. Leveraging debt is an important part of any business strategy. But my goal is not to gift someone debt, even if it is reasonable and a part of the ordinary course of business. The application fee will allow me to give the store as a clean slate.
What Is The Application Fee?
The application fee will be $25.
Why Give The Store Away?
If I’ve determined to retire (see above), I could do two things:
Closing the store is a waste. I’ve put six years into building our customer base in Oak Lawn, and there has been a comic book store in Oak Lawn ever since I was a little kid. I think they are critical to a community – a safe place for expression and exploration.
So I could sell the store. But it feels cold, and it nags me that maybe the person with the money to pay for a turn-key operating business is not necessarily the person with the most passion.
That’s when I remembered Willy Wonka. What if I could give it away? I could keep the store open and the legacy would live on; I could gain needed publicity for my remaining store in La Grange and for my publishing projects; I could change someone’s life by giving them their dream in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; and I could find a successor with the passion and drive to make the Oak Lawn comic shop amazing again.
Good luck! Click below to get started and enter the contest.
Keep moving forward,