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FOC 12.16.13

Kiss Kids TP: As ‘eh’ as the mini-series sold, this will likely sell to completists. Animal Man: Wrapping up in March. Maintaining. Scribblenauts: Based on the video game, getting a variant cover push. Call it half(-ish) of Batman Lil Gotham. Supergirl: Krypton Returns seems to have given #25 a nice bump. Lets’ see if that lasts. UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE: Don’t see any reason not to carry over numbers from the old series + a few. Minimum Wage: The first run had a few fans but after 15 years we’re not sure how many of them still live. It might find new life at Image but I’m still looking at it as a low-end Image book. Deadpool Gauntlet: Order up. It’s a great sales tool and free! Disney Kingdom Seekers of the Weird: I’d like to recommend this but I’m not feeling the love. Looking at it, there’s a limited audience and even here in sunny Orlando under the shadow of The Mouse I think that audience is limited. Oz orders dropped off toward the end of the last series and that’s where I think I’m putting the orders for this. Fantastic Four: Final issue and that probably won’t matter a whole lot. Infinity Heist TP: This week’s poster child for not supporting editorially driven books designed to fill the new comic rack. Forget it – everyone else has. Inhumanity Spider-Man: One shot? Maybe. The gallery doesn’t have a lot of faith but either way, it’s a Superior Spider-Man book and will sell some to that crowd. Going about half Superior Spider-Man. Miracleman: Arguably some of the best super-hero...

FOC 12.09.13

$1 books: I love the concept behind these but with the constant proliferation of titles it seems that everything now gets a $1 #1. What was once a really cool promo item has now become a large rack of cheapo comics. Still a great sales tools but with each additional title it undermines the value of the others. I wish I had a solution but ordering the books with potential to sell more is about it. A Conan (Buffy, Star Wars) fan will buy Conan ((Buffy, Star Wars) without introduction. Something like X could garner a larger audience. Order accordingly. Bad Blood: A vampire series. Vampire fans might try this. Non-vampire fans and those who are ‘fanged’ out will pass. Ordering moderate to low for a DH #1. Dark Horse Presents: The second part of the Hellboy gets married story but part 1 hasn’t shipped yet so this gets a placeholder until we see if Hellboy fans are willing to pay the money for a short story. Juice Squeezers: Even the resident David Lapham fan is begging off this one. Without a single subscriber caring that it exists, should we? No. Star Wars Lucas Draft #0: Looks more like a sketch book but fans have been rabid for a look inside Lucas’ brain and this seems to be more of the same. I’d keep orders the same as current sales. Terminator: Sales here were disappointing. The nostalgia fans seemed to have collectively decided that they are done with the franchise and sales show it. Might have a bit longer shelf life as not every Terminator fan is a weekly...