October 2016

What keeps retailers up at night
We asked and you responded: Here are hobby retailers’ biggest concerns, from manufacturers selling direct to declining sales and Internet competition
Profit from parties
Widen your reach to potential customers by hosting gatherings in your store
Marketing on the cheap
For small stores, conventional marketing efforts often can be out of reach; here are 8 effective guerrilla-marketing ideas that won't break the bank
The Do's and Don'ts of LinkedIn
When interacting with professionals on LinkedIn, you need a unique social-media playbook
Serious Toyz' online auction goes live Sept. 23
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JMD opens new superstore
JMD Plastics is set to open a new model railroad superstore in DePere, Wis. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. This is a soft opening, with the official grand opening to follow on Oct. 3-8. A press release...
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IDW Publishing signs distribution deal with Penguin Random House
Sept. 13, 2016 — IDW Publishing announced sales and distribution deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services today. This multi-year contract will take effect in April 2017. Diamond Comics...
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HMA nixes 2017 iHobby Expo
The Hobby Manufacturers Association announced it will not hold an iHobby Expo in 2017. The HMA board of directors made the decision after its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 17. The iHobby website...
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Bob Wilke
Bob Wilke named president of HMA
August 19, 2016 — The HMA board members elected Bob Wilke as the new HMA president. His new role took effect immediately. He replaced Richard Janyszek of Bachmann Industries. Wilke is als...
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Stores buying more comics in 2016
Diamond Comic Distributors reported that the number of stores ordering comics from the company had risen 2.7 percent so far this year. It also noted that it shipped a record number of comics in June. ...
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Chip-card flaw found
Computer security researchers at payment technology company NCR said they found a flaw in chip-based credit cards issued in the U.S. The chip cards, which are “dipped” into card readers r...
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caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store is closing
Caboose Hobbies in Denver, reputedly the largest model-train store in the world, shut its doors for good on Sept. 25, and the owners said they planned to retire. The store lost its lease at its curr...
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Ludo Fact
German game manufacturer LUDO FACT opens new location in U.S.
Ludo Fact GmbH acquired a controlling interest in Jessup Paper Box in Lafayette, Ind., giving it a new location in the U.S. Ludo Fact is the manufacturer of other companies’ games. It is a full-...
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caboose Hobbies
World's largest model train store has to move
Caboose Hobbies, located on South Broadway in Denver, has lost the lease at its current location and must move by October 10.   Because it is the world’s largest model train shop, this mea...
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People & Places
  • Award-winning comic book artist and writer Darwyn Cooke passed away at the age of 53 on May 14. He is best remembered for his bold, retro style. His work includes DC: The New Frontier and Batman: Ego and Other Tails.
  • Dark Horse promoted Kari Yadro to director of Custom Programs. Yadro will serve as head of the Dark Horse Comics custom publishing and products program.
  • The 2016 German Spiel des Jahres or “Game of the Year” design award nominations were released. The three nominees were designed by Vladimir Chvatil, Phil Walker-Harding and Dorn Rudiger.
  • DC Entertainment announced it eliminated the position of vice president and executive editor, which had been held by Shelly Bond. Dan Evans III was promoted to VP Creative Affairs.
  • John Maatta replaced John Macaluso as CEO of Wizard World, Inc., with an initial contract of two years.
  • Monte Cook Games hired Sean K. Reynolds as its community relations coordinator.
611 In Steam
This special publication covers the debut of the restored Norfolk & Western No. 611.
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Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

This is the one-source guide modelers need to learn to install trackwork properly for smooth operation in any scale.
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Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays
This publication will showcase a full range of colorful and collectible model railroad layouts made by Lionel's craftsmen.
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Building Dioramas
Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips.
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