I've been a long time 'loomer' of CBR and the various discussions.. its has been extremely educating and fun but for some reason, I never felt like I had anything worthwhile to contribute.. hence the "new member" tag..
Now, getting to the point -
I am from India. We do not have a proper comic book store (online or brick & mortar). DC or Marvel do not have licensed retailers in India (based on a little research I have done). The monthly paperbacks are extremely rare to find in book shops. Online retailers do however sell graphic novels by the dozen. This creates a very difficult scenario for the fanboys of the country (and yes there are a ton of them). We subscribe to comics from the US - but the trouble with that is we have to wait close to a month (and a half?!) to receive our monthly comics. Lack of an Indian store also creates problems in trading or collecting. Variant covers and owning them are like dreams for us.
So a couple of us fans have gotten together and started working towards starting a proper comic book store (this will be online to begin with and once we start making a little money, we will open an offline store as well). We want to start with exclusive DC stuff first. While we have figured out the details like shipping, customs, taxes, etc. we are kinda stuck wrt to finding the correct person to speak to about sourcing the comics. One of our team members is based out of Chicago and has been trying to get in touch with DC, Wbshop, WHVdirect, etc. but hasnt been able to get any leads. So this is where I seek help and advise.
We would like to speak to someone who can help us getting details of -
How do we register as partners with DC/WB wherein we get priority and/or exclusive retail rights in India?
What kind of orders can we start with? How much margins can we expect?
Timelines are something we want to focus on - we want to get the comic books to the subscribers within as few days as possible from the day it is released in US : How can we work this out?
We would be positively thrilled and grateful to anyone who can point us in the right direction. We are doing this mostly out of our love for comic books. But also, few things are better than owning a comic book store. :)
PS: If I've posted this in the wrong forum, I apologize in advance.