The guys comment, in part:
"I’m just a guy who travels a lot and I’ve found these clubhouse stores *everywhere*. In my experience, they far outnumber the amount of good stores to the point I honestly feel the good stores, like yours, are the statistical outliers."
I feel like I have the perfect “test case” store; in a small metro area, been here for 31 years. (Pegasus Books of Bend, Oregon.)
Yesterday, I had a guy come in and ask for Adrian Tomine. We found in the store:
Optic Nerve: 30 Postcards
Scenes from an Impending Marriage
and a couple issues of Optic Nerve.
I bring this up to give an indication of how much independent material I carry.
He was from Seattle, and bought 32 Stories…
So…I haven’t had a single local ask for Adrian Tomine, or sold one of his graphic novels — in years, ever?
I can only make this work because I get tourist business; and even then, it’s a hard sell.
I’m proud of my store and what I carry, and I’ve managed to bring this material in and make it work, BUT….I would never second guess smaller stores who say they can’t sell it.
It’s a hard sell, but I think worth trying for.