The Comic Hunter Interviews
with Rémi Vienneau LeClair owner/operator
Rémi Vienneau LeClair – avid comic aficionado and local business owner took the time to sit down with us at Bleeding Fool to talk about his love of comic books and what it’s like to bring that passion and product to fans.
The Comic Hunter is a mainstay of comic culture in our region of Atlantic Canada.
With a shop in Moncton along with a sister shop in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for almost 15 years now, these shops have been hubs for comics and related materials for over a decade.
“The Hunter” in downtown Moncton hosts RPG, card, miniatures and table top games of all varieties almost every night of the week.
There is something for everyone at this one of a kind shop.
The Comic Hunter is also a great supporter of local talent, whether it’s artists and writers, cosplay and everything in between.
So if you are visiting our wonderful city, don’t miss a chance to stop in and browse the shelves for new materials on your list, or check out a huge assortment of back issues and perhaps find something that you may be missing and a great deal more than that. The Comic Hunter has it all.
We thank Rémi for taking the time to speak with us about comics business from his point of view.
BF – Please tell us a little about yourself and how did you come by your love for all things comics?
Rémi – My name is Rémi Vienneau LeClair. Originally from Dalhousie, but having spent some time in Ottawa before ending up in Moncton. I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t reading comics. We had a great little corner store that carried comics into the early 90s, which unfortunately closed, and I was stuck getting comics wherever I could find them. Generally from visiting my brother in Ottawa, but at one point, I convinced a local corner store to bring in the various X-titles specifically for me through their newsstand account. So it’s always been there, and I always found a way to get my hands on some!
BF – What are some challenges that you feel are unique to the comics shop business in particular?
BF – What are some things you know now a decade on that you wish you knew when you began?
BF -How have things changed for you as a business owner as the community continues to expand ?
Rémi – The internet is a bigger factor than ever. It was certainly around 13 years ago when I started, but stuff like Facebook and YouTube make it so people are more aware than ever about what is going on, and opinions fly quite a bit. I try to avoid that side of things as much as possible, but we aware enough if people are talking about it. I’ve grown indifferent to spoilers and things like that, cause they just come so fast. On a local scale, just having our local convention, the cosplay scene, as well as local creators creating more content than ever, that’s exciting to see, and it’s really something I hope keeps growing. I can’t take credit for much for it, but anything I can do to facilitate it for them, I will!
BF – How do you cope with the various trends that come and go and the branching out into the indie and self-publishing direction that seems very hot at the moment. How does it affect the ways in which you approach business as an owner ?
Rémi – Like I said in a previous answer, it’s really just adjusting as you go, and remembering that everyone is just trying to survive when big changes come. Indie books are better than ever and have a bigger share of the market than they’ve maybe ever seen, and there’s really something out there for everyone. Keeping up with good creators/writers/artists is pretty key. I always push for subs for our regulars. A book might be hot out of the gate and sell out, or I might just miss something cool and not order enough. I offer pretty flexible pre-orders, and love to help get great books in to people’s hands as much as I can.
BF – Can you tell us a bit about the local scene here in Moncton and how has it evolved from your perspective?
BF – Are there any changes or directions that you’d like to see happen for our local scene?
BF – How have you had to adjust your business style to accommodate the radical change in our favorite medium with the growing popularity of digital work and sales ?
BF – How do you see the industry evolving into the next decade?
BF – I know you’d rather not endorse any one title over another, but do you have any favorites? If not do you have any recommendations for titles that folks might not be aware of ?
Rémi Vienneau LeClair is…
Where Heroes Come To Play!
467 Main St. Suite 300