The Savage Critic(s): A Very Public Thank you to Marvel Comics
My local comics retailer (and yours), Brian Hibbs, had a problem this last weekend when the hotel above his shop sprung a leak and flooded part of his store (again). His entire rack of Marvel comics was destroyed. Marvel saw his blog post, called him, and is now freely replacing the lost comics. Nicely done, Marvel.
As you saw from my last post, my "Marvel" section got wiped out. (This is not, in fact, EVERY Marvel comic in the store. I keep, for example, the X-books racked separately from the rest of the Marvel U, as well as the licensed titles or adaptations or kids comics or the Soliel books, and so on)
David Gabriel, VP of Sales at Marvel contacted me and asked me for a list of what I lost.
I gave them a list of stuff that I thought I should actually replace, in "appropriate" quantities (ie, I didn't mention completed mini-series that I still had on the rack, I didn't list anything b-list or under, and I only specified what I thought I might sell in the next 6 or so weeks, rather than what I actually lost -- which was a truly larger number of books), and I've been told that I'll have my whole list sent to me, for free, with free and expedited shipping so I'll have it by Friday.
Marvel did not have to do that, they were under no obligation, and, frankly, since we joust so much I am not entirely sure that I'd've done the same thing in their position. But they did, and that's awesome, and they deserve some public props for that, so here they are!
Thank you Marvel comics!