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FOC 06.27.16

Greetings from 30,000 ft, cruising over the Atlantic on the way home from an amazing yet exhausting week in Rome. Getting back into the swing of things… Black Hammer: Jeff Lemire has his fans so this should enjoy some attention.  Not convinced the premises will make this a winner in the end.  15 gets returnability. Groo Fray of the Gods: I loved Groo 20(?) years ago.  Sergio has always been a Mad Magazine favorite.  I wish I could sell more of this but it’s not likely to happen and by the end of the 12 issue series it will be subs only.  Look at Sergio’s last book and order from there. Aquaman: Keep the orders up until it proves otherwise. Lot of excitement around Rebirth so ride the returnable wave.  Apply this liberally to all the 2nd and 3rd issues this week. Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.  Middle title.  Order up and find the ceiling.  Returnable so don’t sell out wondering. Hellblazer Rebirth: Constantine has always been a mediocre seller, even when it was Vertigo’s longest running title it was still lower end to the DCU.  But Rebirth gives it new eyes so order a bunch.  Likely to be a lower seller but find the ceiling. Justice League #1: Order a lot.  No-brainer.  If you sell out I get to make fun of you. Scooby Doo Apocalypse 3: Strong sales on #2 so holding steady. Hunt: Seems pretty mundane.  Fans of horror might give it a look but it’s likely a hand-sell.  Lower end. Snotgirl: This sounded like a great title and then I realized I graduated from...

FOC 06.20.16

This is early because by the time you normally get this I should be touring the Colosseum in Rome.  Always wanted to go and this is the perfect time to make that happen.  As such, these notes don’t have the Gallery’s normal influence so it’s all on me, love it or hate it.  Also, there’s no data so make use of so it’s all gut. Conan the Slayer: I think this completes the Conan the Verb series without resorting to Conan the Gardener or Conan the Baker.  It will likely sell pretty much like every other Conan series but the Bermejo cover is pretty stunning and may grab a couple extra sales.  Shultz cover is nice as well but I hate “unlock” crap. Action Comics: First new issue did quite well – many multiples of previous Action Comics.  If you sold out, order a lot and find your ceiling while it’s returnable. Batman the Golden Age TP: Nice collection but limited audience.  Batman tends to sell one of just about anything. Detective Comics: The first cover is amazing.  Albuquerque cover is eh.  See Action Comics. Hal Jordan and the GL Corp: Order this.  Order a lot of this.  Order it like you want to be selling comics for a living.  If you sell out quickly you’re not very good at this.  Be good at this. Harley & Her Gang of Harleys: Casualty of over-saturation.  At 4.99 Harley fans are doing without.  Selling at a fraction of monthly Harley and with all the #1s hitting there will be less money for this. New Super Man: This is the one I’m...

FOC 06.13.16

Orlando: Tough day in Orlando on Sunday and it’s not going to be any easier of a week. Nothing any of us can say or do will mitigate the horror of such a barbaric act. Though we are aware of the tragedy that one maniac with a gun can cause, we have to keep one thing in mind while in the stores: We sell diversion for a living.  People will be coming in to get away from too much reality.  We owe it to them to let them escape, even for a little while.  Try to steer conversations away from current events.  Smile.  Be upbeat despite the anger or pain you’re feeling. Be the bit of good in someone’s day when not much else is good; that could make all the difference to the person looking for some comfort. Bounty: It’s returnable with a 10 copy order so thinking pull this for Rat Queens (same writer) and see if people like it. Action Comics 2nd Print: DC gave you returnability on the first prints to find the ceiling.  If you sold out, finding the ceiling is now on your dime. Aquaman 2, Batman 2, etc: RETURNABLE.  Order like you want to do this for a living.  Selling out is not an option. Batman 66 Steed & Peel: Use Batman & Man From Uncle numbers.  Same crowd. Flintstones: I think this is where the Hanna Barbara stuff starts to get old.  We’ll sell the first issue but with all the Rebirth stuff sucking money from wallets we’re looking at lower sales than the previous HB titles. Justice League Rebirth #1:...

FOC 06.06.16

Cryptocracy: Okay conceptually but seems a bit derivative.  10 gets returnability so let’s let the fans decide. Mae: As much as I liked this concept it’s not finding an audience. Batman B&W Robin statue: Unless I missed one this is the first Robin in the series.  Should sell pretty well. Batman Noir Killing Joke: Think 24.99 Director’s Cut.  Minimal audience. Rebirth 2nd Printings: If you lacked faith, this is your chance to repent.  Not returnable so it’s now on your dime. Bombshell Bumblebee statue: Lovely statue that absolutely no one will want. Subs only. DC Aquaman Bust: Another nice piece but Aquaman is a tough sell. DC Batman 2-Pack: Only $50 for unpopular Batman!  Uh… skip.  Some of the Gallery thinks we can sell a few.  I think subs only. DC Films: A late and unpopular version of Lex Luthor?  Skip.  Wonder Woman looks pretty nice but $45?  Ouch.  Jor-El and Na-Who? are easy passes, especially at the $45 mark. Batgirl of Burnside AF: Nice piece but it’s a hardcore fan who will drop $60 for a figure, even if it comes with a cool motorcycle.  It is pretty nice. DC Icons JL Set: Nice set and the price is fine but it’s still $125.  Worth having in the store. DC Universe Rebirth: Every one of these you sell makes it that much easier to sell the rest of the line.  If you’re out, get some. Deathstroke Annual: Might get lost with all the rebirth going on.  If the Balkan ever gets another appearance this first appearance could be scarce. Future Quest: Watch for the multi-cover buyers as they...