Curious about just how well hype sells, Jen DeGuzman attempted to see how readily available three critically acclaimed works — Exit Wounds, Alice in Sunderland and All-Star Superman — were by checking out her local comic shop, book store and library:
The city has but one comic book store that I could find. There used to be others. They remain in my memory—small, dark, dusty and cramped. The comic book store that remains is small but bright, clean and well-organized. New issues were out and unwrapped on racks, back issues bagged-and-boarded” in long boxes. I was surprised to see that there was absolutely no manga that I could spot. The graphic novels were shelved by publisher, and, alas, the publishers carried were not widely representative. I was surprised to see that there was absolutely no manga visible. The books that were on sale were in excellent condition. This is because they were all bagged or shrink-wrapped. I found All-Star Superman and showed the cover to my husband, who is a fan of “classic” Superman. “What’s that?” he asked, mildly intrigued. I said something about it being about the essential Superman, saving Lois Lane from Lex Luthor, that kind of thing. Neither of us wanted to ask if we could tear the shrink-wrap off, so like anyone ordering from Diamond’s monthly Previews, he only had a vague description and cover image to go on.
I know my comic store carries all three of those books, but I’m not sure about the library and Border’s. How about yours?