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FOC 03.28.16

Editorial: DC: Not a lot to comment on this week as DC seems to be going through the motions until the rebirth.  So let’s put aside the awfulness of the Romita variants and the attempts at story validation as the current versions circle the drain and look ahead. If you haven’t delved into DC’s Rebirth, take a few moments and do it now.  No doubt there’s some DOA titles that will fail to even reach the lofty goal of “underwhelming” but there’s some gems that could see nice, continued sales.  I’m not going to go into each title now as we don’t have all the info but what have done is created a complete subscription sheet on the back of this week’s downloadable What Came In sheets. Free to download.  Slap your own store logo on it and hand out to customers.  (www.comicbookretailer.com)  Find SOMETHING you like.  Find a reason to stop bashing DC for 15 minutes and get someone excited about something on the list of new titles. I periodically get phone calls from store owners asking about the market and my take on it.  Here’s my take: Coliseum of Comics is opening store #6 this week in Altamonte Springs, Fla.  Is the new comic market strong?  Not as strong as it’s been but we have seen a huge upswing in demand for the pop culture items from statues to actions figures, posters to pop vinyl figures.  Sales on new comics are down.  Sales on ancillary items are up.  The good news is that despite sales being down, the invoices have been significantly lower as well so profits...

FOC 03.21.2016

Barb Wire Vol 2: Dark Horse has been trying to get Barb Wire a foothold forever but alas, it’s never done well. Pass. House of Penance: Peter Tomasi goes indy but it’s unlike his mainstream work. Order and pull for Baltimore and Harrow County. Catwoman 51: Nice cover by Middleton but Catwoman will still sell to Catwoman readers with little deviation. DC Previews: Free copies equal to Batman 49, which limits the potential to DC fans reading Batman. Extra copies are 35 cents. Can we use co-op on this? Dumb that DC isn’t trying for more than existing fans. Order enough for every sub. I HATE paying for promo materials but we need to make this work or we’ll all be selling DC at Telos numbers for the next 3 years. Harley & Gang of Harleys: Looking at Little Black Book for numbers on this. JR JR covers: Ugh. Worst run of craptacular covers since the Chip “I cost retailers money” Kidd covers. Wonder Woman by Mike Deodato TP: Great TP if it was 2001. Not needed at 24.99 today. Back to the Future Cover Gallery: This is one of those where you get a WTH look on your face and wonder how it got the green light. Subs is just fine as I don’t see anyone clamoring for this one. Insufferable: Down to a single digit as a chain and that digit is 1. Ouch. Unsellable. Wynonna Earp TP: Just in time for the TV series! WHAT?! It’ 29.99?! Pass. ASM & Silk #2: Okay sales on #1 but expectations were low. Gwenpool: No doubt this is a...

FOC 03.14.16

Baltimore Empty Graves: Same as it ever was. Predator Life & Death 2: #1 did about as expected, which isn’t too bad. Staying the course as no one is speculating on this so no #1 spec bump to worry about. Bloodlines: None of the Gallery can figure out what to pull this for. Not an easily explained concept so likely a very limited audience. Low. John Romita Jr Covers: I’ve stated that I’m not a fan of Romita’s work before. I hear he’s really nice guy and a wonderful guest but I think that if ever a guy was in the right place at the right time to ply his not-great-to-me work then he’s it. All that said, the Detective cover is awful. Not just bad, but 4th-grade 3rd-place art-contest sort of awful. I’m not expecting a lot better from the rest and the Gallery isn’t going too high either. Green Arrow: Deathstroke appearance and cover may be worth a small bump. Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad Special: Go with the main cover as it’s a Harley cover and we can sell it as a Harley book. The other cover is an unknown and could be Suicide Squad heavy, which means it would sell like Suicide Squad, which isn’t good. Hot Damn: 5 issue series, which is death to me. By the time you get the number, right it’s over. Not that there aren’t some very good stories captured in this format but it’s tough to be the retailer on these. 10 gets returnability. Not sure many stores have 10 customers wanting to jump on this. X-Files: Fans have...

FOC 03.07.16

Art of Doom: Not sure I see a market for this outside the occasional sale at Game Stop. Fafhrd & Gray Mouser: Really nice work but as with many of these classic works they tend to date themselves and don’t appeal to the newer audience of today. Might sell better out of your game section than the comics section. Lobster Johnson: This does a bit better than Abe Sapien but not by a lot. Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties: Gaiman with the art team of Moon and Ba will be a memorable experience. Recommend to those who jumped on the recent Sandman hardcover – that’s the target audience. Poppy & the Lost Lagoon: Looks a bit like Pippy Longstocking and could find the same audience. Aquaman 50: I don’t see a big jump for the 50th on this one. Batman & Robin Eternal 26: The conclusion – again. I believe #25 was listed as the end but here we are again. Not much of a bump. Batman Arkham Knight 3 Pack: No one on the planet is dying for Soldier and Combat Expert for an additional $50 on top of a Batman figure. Zero is good. Batman Arkham Asylum Harley, Joker, and Ivy: Back to the well once again. Look around the store and see what, if any, iterations of these characters you have and order accordingly. Batman B&W Harley by Bermejo: At 5200 this SHOULD be allocated. Great statue. Batman Rainbow 6 Pack: I think Ed is crazy. Ed thinks this will sell because fans voted for it. Then again, 6 figures for $70...