Jason Conway is the owner/operator of Downtown Comics in St. John’s, Newfoundland. From modest beginnings, Jason has made it 12 years in business, doing what he loves.
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Owner’s Name: Jason Conway
Number of Employees: 1
Years in Business: 12
Physical Address: 141 Duckworth St., St. John’s, NL, A1C 1E9
Telephone Number: (709) 738-2933
How did you choose your store name?
Made sense to me as to what I was selling and where I’d be located.
Favorite Comic Book, published in the past few months:
Old Man Logan
Everybody is Stupid Except Me and Other Astute Observations
Five all-time classic comics, graphic novels or story arcs:
all Derf books
What are you excited about for this coming year? What are your plans for the next 12 months?
Green Lantern promo rings; continue to add more product.
What has been one of the most rewarding parts of running your business?
Finally paying off all my long-term debt.
What has been one of the biggest challenges?
Living under the poverty line my first couple years of business.
Why are you a comics retailer?
Love the genre.
Product Lines Carried:
Comics, GN’s, Manga, T-shirts, Board Games, Card games, Action Figures, Pop and Candy
Best selling floppy/monthly books (and Best selling manga if you sell manga):
Green Lantern and related issues / Walking Dead TP’s / Naruto
What percentage of your business is comics compared to the peripherals of a ‘culture store’?
At least 50%
What are your Best selling graphic novel books?
Walking Dead / Watchmen / Y last Man
What books do you find yourself recommending the most?
Vertigo / Walking Dead
What great comic/manga should everyone under 14 be reading?
Archie / Gladstone Disney books / Naruto
What comic/manga would you recommend for an adult interested in returning to comics?
Long Halloween / Walking Dead / Y Last Man
Does your store have an area of expertise? What makes your store unique?
Great selection of TP’s, Board Games. I do my best to make sure I have all new comics in stock for months by always checking inventory and reording until a comic is no longer available.
Describe the comic book scene within your community?
There is a Sci-Fi convention every spring.
Do you participate in Free Comic Book Day?
What aspect of your store are you most proud?
Well stocked and very tidy.
Have the last few years of Hollywood film releases changed your customer base?
It has helped to bring in new casual readers (especially for TP’s).
Graphic Novels have been a growth product for large bookstore chains, does this affect your customer base or business?
Graphic novels are almost on par with my monthly comic sales.