Thursday, April 30, 2009

Finished clearing out the front isle. Now you can easily get at all the comics. Just in time for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday.

Sorted another pile of boxes.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sorted 12+ boxes, and cleared out a good quarter of the front isle.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Shelved a stack of how-to draw & do art books.

Sorted 4 boxes.
Cleared out some boxes from the front area.

Shelved a stack of hardcover & tpb, science, kids, fantasy, etc.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Packed online orders, a day late, still recovering from the LA Times Festival.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

LA Times Festival of Books Sunday Day 2
Sought out James Ellroy, Diana Paxson, Lisa Scottoline early. Managed to get a ticket for Eric Carle, then saw Amber Benson, but missed Laura Numeroff. Found Ian McDonald, T.C. Boyle, & Paul Feig, but not Henry Winkler. Saw Francescia Lia Block but missed S.E. Hinton. Did catch Jon Scieszka but missed Michael Hague.

The Comix Strip which they made much of in the paper and online was quite disapointing, there were only 4 good booths, and 2 of them should have been over in the book section.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

LA Times Festival of Books Saturday - Day 1
Managed to see, Joseph Wambaugh, Elizabeth Moon, Jan Burke, Joe Haldeman, and eventually Harry Harrison, but missed Robert Silverberg. Did catch CORNELIA FUNKE, Stephen J. Cannell, Stuart Woods, but not Gore Vidal or Clive Barker. Then saw Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Carol Higgins Clark & Mary Higgins Clark, Victor Gischler, Lisa Lutz, Robert Crais, Don Winslow, and finished with Bob Barker.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Last bit of getting ready for LA Times Festival of Books.

Accounting, so that could figure out how much to pay BOE sales taxes...

Amanda was here.

1+ boxes of mass-market paperbacks shelved, all more popular titles.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

FCBD 2009

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 2nd

A Castle of Books in Stanton is one of thousands of stores around the world celebrating the comic book art form on Saturday, May 2nd. On Free Comic Book Day, over two million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books!

Purchased some old, and some leather, books.
Another purchase of a stack of more recent classics.

Pile of trades, from which we could only take a few things.

434 pieces spam email from yesterday - not counting the junkmail that isn't actual spam.

Finished packing the online orders... finally.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Shelved 4 boxes of New Graphic Novels & Manga.

Finished sorting the culling the Romance mmpb's.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Packed online orders.

Continue getting ready for LA Times Festival of Books. - What no cartoonists this year?! :(

Monday, April 20, 2009

Marked down the audio books, most of the tapes are now $3.95, and most of the CDs at $6.95.

Started getting ready for the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

Warmed up.

Sorted & culled more of the Romance mass-market paperbacks.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Hubbell was here.

Someone, and not naming names but they opened the store, forgot to flip the open signs...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

We will not be buying anything this Sunday. Although we will be open as usual.

Hubbell was here.

Sorted a few boxes.

Corner still damp, but drying.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Amanda was here.

3 boxes of mmpbs shelved.

A large collection of Lawrence Block, and Martha Grimes mysteries shelved.

8 boxes of mmpbs sorted.

Several large batches of trades, from which not a whole lot was taken, but a few good things.

The back corner flooded, the unit next door must have over flowed something, we can't figure out what, and the water seeped under the wall and got the carpet all wet, and the Reptile store too.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Looked at new cc processing rates.

Packed online orders.

Sold a stack of Anime.
Sold a stack of $1.00 cookbooks.

Received donation of around 10 boxes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Added images to some online listings.

Skipped out for a bit to get the IRS extension stamped.

Google street view: We're way back in the corner on the right, this must have been done around xmas time 2008.

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Shelved more Signed books.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shelved some Signed mass market paperbacks, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Dennis Etchison.

Culled a few boxes, shelved a few hardcover books. Put a stack on the $1.00 carts.

Packed the online orders.

Renewed AT&T phone & DSL, tried to get a hold of datavo but it they won't even return calls for new service, suspect if there was a problem they'd be worse.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Shelved a few popular books.

Watered plants.

Cleared out some junk from the closet.

Hubbell was here.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Reptile shelving donated and put up in the scullery, after severe cleaning.

Shelved more 1st ed fiction.

Bills, tried to fix bofa cc problem.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

More Manga shelved.

Purchased some religion books.

Shelved 3 stacks of HB/TPBs travel, fiction, mystery, history, military, etc.

Traded for some 1st Edition fiction, and shelved a few of them already.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

3 boxes of mass market paperbacks shelved.

Vendel was here.

Sorted 2 boxes of paperbacks.

Fencing PCCs

Saturday, April 04, 2009

There was a miscommunication so we were not open on time.

Vendl was here.

2 boxes of mass market paperbacks shelved.

Fencing PCCs

Friday, April 03, 2009

Traded for a stack of RPG books, mostly 3rd ed. D&D.

Processed the online orders.
Ordered more shipping supplies.

Amanda was here.

1 box of mass market paperbacks shelved.

We will not be buying anything this Saturday or Sunday.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Purchased a few old books, culled from a pile of junk, and later another purchase of some Mystery & Fiction.

Shelved a stack of books on various subjects.

Shelved the Diamonds comics shipment, some New Manga, toys, and a few comics.

Caught Cold.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

2nd Anniversary of A Castle of Books!

Another batch of online orders packed, and now finally caught up.

Diamond Comics shipment arrived: including Pac-Man energy Drinks!

Managed to get the new tax into the register without too much problem.

Some end of the month accounting. Looks like it picked up very slightly last month.

Coming down with a cold... bleah.

Purchased 3 post 1939 Oz books, and few other old/Leather books.

Open since April 2007




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