Annie Bulloch, 8th Dimension Comics, Texas You know Annie from her excellent Cook Your Comics recipes, here on WWAC -- but a number of our twitter followers (f'rex: this one) also know her from her role at 8th Dimension Comics, where she's co-owner. Putting her shop hat on, she answered our FCBD survey! How long have
Annie Bulloch, 8th Dimension Comics, Texas
How long have you been doing FCBD?
We opened in June 2011, so our first FCBD was in 2012. This year will be our third.
What does it represent for you?
Do you build a larger event around it?
Does FCBD result in a same day sales bump or new customers?
Do you try to make your shop particularly welcoming on FCBD? How?
We make an effort to be extra welcoming every day, so we mostly have to scale up our staff to give the service we like to provide to a much greater number of people. We ask every employee who can be there to work that morning so we have enough people to greet customers, answer questions, and help keep things going smoothly. Even though it’s crowded, we always manage to keep things cheerful so the customers feel relaxed and are happy to wait their turn. Everyone cooperates and gets along.
What do you hope for from future FCBDs? What could they do to make it more special/effective?
We’re planning to expand our shop this year, so we should have a LOT more space to work with by FCBD 2015. That will make it much easier for us to provide a more comfortable customer experience. Or maybe twice as many people will show up! It gets bigger every year. It’s a spectacularly effective draw for us, so I don’t know how they could improve on it.