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FOC 04.29.13

A quick note after finishing this… The notes are rather negative this week (as too often they are). I don’t hate comics. I don’t hate books. I love books that sell well as it means more money in my pocket and as this ain’t an altruistic venture, I’m in it for the money. I just wish we had a better group of books some weeks. A few gems here but a lot of not-so-gems as well. My job is to sort out the money from the bills. Akeneiro: American McGee does nice work and coupled with the love of folk tales, this will sell. Ordering for the Grimm Fairy Tales crowd as well as some extras for the stands. Lobster Johnson: I tend to see sales like BPRD on these so yeah, BPRD numbers. Aquaman: #19 is late. John Ostrander takes the writing reigns. Aquaman in the Southwest. Hmmm. The only good news here is that it should be returnable. Still cutting to save the trees. Batman Inc: Nice bump. The world loves a funeral. I expect it to maintain for another issue or two and then continue on its downward trek. Lil Gotham: The Christmas issue! Hmmm. This is clearly one of the problems of waiting 5 months for online content to find its way to print. First issue exceeded expectations but the novelty will wear off. Firestorm: Final issue. Green Team: This is just sad. “Meet the 1%” isn’t the sales tool I would use to market to a younger, New 52 buying crowd. I’m looking at Vibe sales and thinking that may be the ceiling on...

FOC 04.22.13

Dream Thief: Not a lot to recommend this. Mini series’ are limited in their sales scope to begin with and add unrecognizable name talent to the mix and it’s not going to pay your rent next month. A few for those who will find it interesting but nothing to bet the milk money on. Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher: Corben brings a nice look to this type of book and as such, will draw the same minor fan base that it usually does. Nothing outlandish. Legend Korra Art book: Avatar fans will want this though not in the rabid numbers that we see on the Avatar trades. Getting a few per store. Mind MGMT: I’ve seen a slow and steady drop in this. What started out as a hot book has mellowed to an okay seller. Not worth keeping many on hand after the next issue comes out anymore. Batgirl: Lot of ups and downs on this with the DOTF and such but this issue, after calculating the numbers, has fallen right back in line with the order for #12 – pre DOTF. Batwoman: This book has been on a slow slide since about #2 and not being part of DOTF was a huge mistake – almost literally the red-headed step-child of the Bat-verse. Sales continue to slough off one or two copies a month. Deathstroke TP 2: I sold 2 of Vol 1 as a chain in 4 weeks. Being that the book is canceled and it wasn’t to make room for spin-offs and relaunches, this can be a pass in many stores. Django...