Full frontal

It’s been interesting to watch the evolution of the graphic novel section at the local Barnes & Noble. Not too long ago, it cut the space for the game guides in half, giving manga another bank of shelves. (It has four of the eight.) Now, one of the graphic novel banks has been converted to a face-out display with a big “DC Comics” header.

It displayed nothing but trades of DC’s super-hero properties, which struck me as a little odd considering how well some Vertigo books do in bookstores and how much they’d apparently like some of their other imprints to do well there. That seems like an impressive investment on DC’s part. I wonder if Barnes & Noble tried anything resembling a bidding war among publishers in offering that kind of real estate.

Has anyone else seen a DC-centric shelf bank at a Barnes & Noble?

3 Responses to Full frontal

  1. Brigid says:

    Yes, we have had one at mine for a couple of months. The manga are all arrayed along a wall, and there’s a whole shelf of face-out DC titles just as you enter the section, at right angles to the manga—it’s like a gateway.

  2. John Jakala says:

    About two months ago I was in a B&N that had three non-manga GN sections with face-out displays for Marvel, DC, and everything else. The first two were labelled “Marvel Comics” and “DC Comics” but I forget how the third was labelled. (I’m guessing “Graphic Novels”?) The top half of each shelf bank had face-out material, and I’m pretty sure for Marvel and DC it was all the latest superhero collections that was featured.

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks, Brigid and John. I’m probably too interested in these kinds of configurations, but the shifts always catch my attention, and I’m always curious about how things vary from store to store.

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