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FOC 10.26.15

Game of Thrones Figures: These are a classic example of where our market is going. We tend to sell – using GOT for the example – a healthy amount of Tyrion, Denaris, and Aryas but then the A List is done and we’re on to the B List the following month and then, because no one wants to stop when sales are good, we start seeing figures of The Hound and Brianne and the point of Brianne as a character is that she’s an unattractive behemoth of a woman in armor. Why would anyone want, by extension, an unattractive figure? Extrapolating these to Pops, we’ve seen the A List properties come out and sales have been great. But now we’re seeing the tertiary characters from B List series and more esoteric properties being offered and again, the question is “Who will buy this”? Another key element of buying for a store is remembering the cardinal rule that if you carry everything your customers want then you carry everything. Batman Endgame Director’s Cut: A bit late to the party on this but it is out of print. Some but worth ordering to sell out. Batman Europa: The Gallery is not gaga over this. I like it. The first issue is by Jim Lee with art being done by other for the other 3 issues over Camuncoli’s layouts. Great Batman-Joker cover. This is what Batfans want so order and pull for Batman. We’ll think twice about #2. Batman and Catwoman trades: Look at numbers for the previous series’ on these. There’s a lot of Batmoney already being spend this month so...

FOC 10.19.15

Dark Horse Presents: 8 page Mignola Hellboy story but for 5.99 I don’t see a lot of fans dropping the 5.99 for 8 pages. Looney Tunes covers: Per last week, most fans with limited budgets would rather have the regular series cover than a variant with Looney Tunes. They’ll get some nice comments but won’t be big on sales. Batman Superman Looney Tunes: Homage cover will get this some extra looks but probably not as many extra sales. DC Comics Bombshells: Harley cover but not the most recognizable of the incarnations. Slight bump, maybe 10%. Flinch TP: Classic Vertigo being reprinted for the first time. Cool stuff but without an in-store advocate this one will be a tough sell. JL Darkseid War Lex Luthor and Shazam: Putting in placeholders until we see how these are being received by the JL fans. Suicide Squad Looney Tunes: Michigan J. Frog cover. Another that will get more looks than sales. Slash & Burn: Middle-of-the-road excitement with no hook to bring in fans. Might have gotten a look as an Image book but it will find only single digit sales here. Superman American Alien: Yet another telling of Superman’s origin. If this was a Marvel title it would be 4.99 and have 7 variant covers. As it is, it will sell like Superman, at least for a few issues. Telos: Low as expected on #1. #2 won’t hold the interest so 60% of #1. Twilight Children: #1 did pretty well; low but at least it did that. Should maintain that level minus maybe 10%. Andre the Giant: The Life & Legend did well...

FOC 10.12.15

Call of Duty Black Ops III: More vidiot books. Will likely sell like the other books in this genre. With 10 you get returnability so find the ceiling on DH’s dime. Joe Golem Occult Detective: Looks very “Mignola” but it’s a crowded newsstand for anyone outside the Hellboy audience. I’d pull for BPRD and Baltimore. Dark Knight III: I love that THEE book DC is banking on has incomplete info. Interior art for the mini bound-in comic was announced as by Frank Miller. Pictures of the variant covers can be found here: www.google.com. Why do we have to search for these? So anyways… This will be big. Take out the fact that this is a derivative (DK I) of a derivative (DK II, that was not critically acclaimed) and you still have a Brian Azarello book with phenomenal art by Andy Kubert. The 5.99 price tag won’t be a major impediment this issue as Marvel has softened up customers and their expectations of low entry level pricing. The variants will likely be as popular as Marvel variants. How to order? Batman plus a tiny bit at the height of sales during Death of the Family. With the stores chasing the Jim Lee variant and the 30 store variants there will be a lot of copies out there. Dark Knight III Blank Variant: QUALIFIED. So now DC is playing that silly game. DC spent quite a bit of time in recent years parsing the value of everything, including good will. This is spending a chunk of that good will. DKIII Collector’s Edition: I think this is a difficult sell at...

FOC 10.05.15

Hellboy & BPRD: Nice Mignola cover should draw the same fans who have been enjoying Hellboy in Hell. Match to and maximize the sales, at least on #1. Plants Vs Zombies: No reason this should slow down from #4 but I don’t see this getting the previous #1’s sales numbers. The kitschy neo-nostalgia factor is over. Aquaman: The Gallery made specific notation of how awful the monster cover is. #fairwarning Art Ops: Allred’s fans will follow him so pull for Silver Surfer (yeah, it’s a stretch but anyone who likes the art style will take this) and iZombie if you have that in your system still. If this were Image I could sell more but as a DC it will have to overcome the recent failure factor. Batman Animated action figures: I don’t see a must-have figure here and when Klarion starts popping up you know you’re scraping the deck under the barrel. But… he’s with Etrigan, who has a small but loyal fanbase. Batman V Superman Armored Batman Statue: I usually shy away from movie statues but this is pretty cool. Batman seems to sell no matter what form of costume they put him in. DC Comics Bombshells Cheetah: Getting to the end of these but anyone who has bought them up until now will be open to adding to the collection. DC Super Pets Plush: Krypto, yes. Hoppy, no. Flash monster cover: I love this. It won’t sell and looks dumb but I love it anyways. The Gallery says kill it with fire. Justice League Darkseid War Batman: Order and pull for Justice League subs. Justice League...