We have the opportunity to interview the CEO of Dylan Universe Comics, Dylan Schwartz. His experience in running a business will help our Startup Business readers in their venture to start their own Business from Scratch. Our Spotlight Stories will feature Dylan Schwartz’s experience in starting his own business.
Please state your name and a little about your current status.
My name is Dylan Schwartz. I am the CEO of Dylan Universe Comics, an online comic book store specializing in vintage comic books from the 1930s-1970s. As the youngest Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Advisor and having capital we will travel anywhere for the right comic collection.
What exactly does your company do?
We buy and sell vintage comics. We buy many fresh found collections, online, and from other dealers. We sell to our ever-growing customer base worldwide, on eBay, and at conventions. We’re the comic store without new stuff and mostly old stuff open by appointment only; This allows us to do business where we see fit & not be enslaved by the people within a super close geographic area to “walk,” in and shop.
How did you start your company/business as a startup?
My journey began was when I, a curious eleven-year-old found my father’s old comic books in the attic and became captivated by the stories and artwork. The first challenge was creating a proper method of storage for inbound raw comic stock. Eventually, we remedied the lack of space with industrial giant shelving that allows compact storage of long boxes. My business grew; My mindset changed to, “I wanna be better than I was the day before, and tomorrow better than today.” Eventually, this drive led me to make my own website in the latter part of middle school, which drastically helped my business. Then I made the hard decision to have it redone professionally to improve search traffic even though it was great. I spent over $5000 on a new website, plus lots of time. It has helped me to do more business. Just because a tool is free and works well does not mean it cannot be improved. As they say, no risk, no reward. Since we began Dylan Universe Comics I’ve spent over $1,000,000 on vintage comics and collectibles to date
What struggle did you go through to reach your current status now?
The two main challenges were creating a proper method of storage for inbound raw comic stock and showing the world that we exist; The second was especially because we don’t have a storefront.
How did you manage to cope up with those straggles?
Storage: We remedied the lack of space with industrial giant shelving that allows compact storage of long boxes.
Branding: I created my own website in the latter part of middle school, which drastically helped my business. Then I scrapped it and did it again in High School. Then in freshman year of college, I made the hard decision to have it redone professionally on WordPress to improve search traffic even though it was already good.
Who inspired you to move forward and influenced you in all your achievements now?
My inspiration at first came from the “Big Dawgs.” (leaders in powerhouses in the comic book industry) I would say “Wow, I wanna be like them one day.” I studied day after day. While my friends played video games and goofed around, I worked. Now I greatly admire the work ethics of Elon Musk.
What piece of advice will you share with those who would like to follow your footsteps?
Firstly, If you want to break into a tough industry, you must know what you are doing to the degree of expert level. (Anyone can sell a vintage comic, but few can buy from other dealers and resell yet still make a profit.)
Secondly, you are the determinant of your success and future. No one else and nothing else matters.
Lastly, the best way to be the best is to push yourself with hard work. Many often fail miserably because they seek revenge, are petty & cheap, instead of doing what really matters.
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