From having only a handful of graphic novels in stock early on, Speeding Bullet now has a selection of approximately 4,000 titles. Editions go in and out of print and keeping a popular mix on hand is part of Price’s challenge. New DC, Marvel and Dark Horse comic books represent half their sales, books a quarter and T-shirts and toys making up the rest.
Price orders from a monthly Diamond Comic Distributors catalogue and also buys from a few smaller publishing houses. Requests from patrons and past sales influence his purchase decisions. Customers are mostly from the metro area and tend to be predominantly male aged 21 to 45.
“We also have posters, prints and some art work,” Price said. “Along with statues and models.”
Annette Price is a cake decorating instructor at the Moore-Norman Technology Center. She sometimes conducts cupcake classes and sells supplies at the shop. There’s also a separate room from the retail space that’s occasionally rented for birthday parties, book signing events or hosting HeroClix tournaments.
“It’s kind of a chess meets Risk super hero game,” Price explained. “There are little figures with dials that denote how much strength they have and then they move across boards attempting to take over territories.”
A primary misconception about comic books is that they’re all about superheroes. A glance around the store found a dizzying array of topics, art styles and written content.
“I love superheroes but you’ll see we have non-fiction books, crime-oriented, humor and fantasy stories,” he said. “Some are science fiction and others are reality based.”
One of the comics available was co-authored by Price himself. He collaborated with Oklahoma native and DC Comics writer Sterling Gates on The Posthuman Project. It’s a story about five teenagers who unsuspectingly acquire genetically engineered super powers and race to learn the secrets behind them.