When I first started frequenting my comic book store, I had no idea what a Pull List was. Now that I do know, I find that a lot of people still do not know exactly what it is or how to go about making one. Don’t fret! Here is a handy guide to making your own pull list with a few tips thrown in.
What is a Pull List?
A pull list is a personalized list of comic book titles that you would like your comic book store to reserve for you each time an issue publishes
Making a List
There is no right or wrong way to compile the list of comics that you want on a list, but I do have certain steps that I have followed. Stores may also have a different system to their pulls. My store doesn’t require any type of deposit while others may. It’s best to ask at your local store exactly how to go about making a pull with them! The basis of starting a list is to go to your store with all the titles you want them to pull for you. Ask a clerk about starting a pull and they’ll tell you their process. That’s it! Here are some other steps to get you started:
- Pick out titles within a budget – there are so many comic book titles that release every Wednesday, every month of the year. It can be daunting to pick out certain titles. You can look at online resources like Comixology to see what is releasing or you can check the Previews magazines. My ear is always to the ground for titles so I know what is coming and what I want to read. Stay within a budget. It is so easy to add things to your pull list (especially if your store doesn’t require a deposit), but remember, you are committing to the title. Your store may be ordering it just for you so make sure you can afford all the titles you want each month. I’ve made this mistake before 🙂
- Update your list frequently – I try to keep my list updated every four months (so 4x a year) to make sure the titles I want are still there and titles I do not want are removed. Sometimes if a title does not work out for me (I’m looking at you, Harley Quinn) then I will remove it more quickly then my standard update time frame. This just ensures that you’ll get the titles you want and that your store will not order things that you don’t want.
- Be specific! – Many big name heroes may have several titles out. Be specific about which titles you want by including the writer and artist name. For example, I wanted Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo however I only put “Batman” on my Pull List. My store would then pull ALL the Batman titles! It was a mess for awhile! I finally got it straightened out.
- Visit the store at least once a month – This is just a tip that I think is good practice, but does not necessarily have to be done. I think visiting the store at least once a month allows for you to get the titles that were pulled for you and not to allow so many books to get held for you.
Why have a pull list?
If you are a frequent patron of a store, a pull list is helpful for both you and the store!
- You won’t miss an issue of a title that you REALLY love (I have never missed an issue of Saga)
- Your store knows what to order, which is great if you want a title they would not have ordered otherwise.
- It really helps out your store and who doesn’t want to help their local economy!
- It’s a great conversation starter! I’ve had so many conversations with people about what’s on our pull lists. I have discovered different series thanks to others and have been able to gush about what is on my list!
The Cons of a Pull List
Although I really love having a pull….
- The Guilt Trip – often if you have a title pull you may feel the absolute need to purchase because you committed to it. Some comic store clerks may even guilt you into purchasing it since it was pulled for you.
- If you frequent many different stores, having a pull at one or more could be difficult! I think a pull works best when you are always going to one store, but I also like to travel to different stores.
- When something isn’t pulled for you, it stings a bit more…sometimes to the point of anger. Ok, maybe anger is a strong word, but frustration works too. I feel if I have a pull list that should be a guarantee for the titles I have on the list. So when something is missing (and, oh boy, have things been missing that I totally wanted), I get a little upset.
If you have any more questions about a Pull List then let me know! Not really wanting to go into a store? Then certainly go digital! If you would like for me to write about digital versus print comics then leave me a comment.