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08.29.16

A Word About Created Events: No doubt you can spur sales by creating an event around just about anything.  We recently hosted Princess Day when Frozen #1 launched and got about 20 princesses into each store and hopefully into comics as well.  These can work but there has to be a general interest in the source to make it work.  Publishers are creating some obvious events lately.  IDW’s Revolution isn’t an event;  it’s an excuse to show a few nostalgic bits and see if there’s anything to launch on.  Not all too damaging and we might sell a few extra comics.  Marvel is creating two events: Champions and Defenders. Defenders is made up of secondary characters while even Avengers with main characters is slowly fading.  It will likely hit the stands as a mid-run book and fail from there.  Champions is getting a huge push including a midnight release but looking at it, will anyone show up at 10:00 Wednesday morning for Champions let alone midnight the night before?  There’s some Ms. Marvel interest but if we’re capping Champions at Ms. Marvel numbers then Marvel’s expectation of 300,000 copies will be woefully short.  Order to your gut, not the hype as the hype is a billion dollar a year churn and your gut needs to eat. I love the line from the movie Trumbo about writing movie scripts during the cheap monster movie era: It was like toilet paper for the army: quality wasn’t a priority and they needed a lot of it. Seems a bit like Marvel’s current strategy. Advertisement: I will be hosting a seminar on tracking...

FOC 08.22.16

Brigg’s Land: Came out of the gate okay.  Ordering at sales minus a copy or two. Resident Alien: Same as it ever was.  Seems to have found a small audience. Strain Mr. Quinlan: New series but haven’t seen an issue in a year so it’s rebuilding or finding a new audience.  About what #12 of Strain Eternal sold. Action Comics: No longer returnable so reign in the overages along with any other #6 issues. All Star Batman: Sold about double where Batman is right now.  Snyder will keep fans interested so as it’s returnable, keep the numbers high. Batgirl Birds of Prey: They can’t all be winners.  I’m thinking exactly what we sold on #1. Batman Day: A nice way to get civilians into the new Batman series.  Depending on your marketing, a few hundred? Catwoman TP Vol 8: Completing the series though I don’t think anyone cares.  Subs only. Convergence TP:  No.  Seriously, not even one. Deathstroke: Selling okay – 4 times previous series – but that’s sort of disappointing to me.  Returnable so seeing where it goes. Gotham Academy Second Season: Order and pull for the first series but I’d also pull for anyone who picked up GA/Lumberjanes. Suicide Squad: Should be an interesting experiment to see if Jim Lee’s fans will actually skip issues.  I’m thinking no.  #1 did fine and Lee should keep the numbers up for #2. Revolution Road To Revolution: No.  Skip it.  Sounds like 5 disjointed stories cobbled together for a faux celebration.  Subs only. Rom Revolution: Rom fans might grab this but I don’t see anyone else jumping on.  Subs and...

FOC 08.15.16

Rise of the Black Flame: Mignola fans might give this a shot but little else to recommend it beyond the BPRD crowd.  10 copies gets you 10% but only worth chasing if you can sell 10 copies, which isn’t in most store’s numbers. DC Rebirth: This week we’re on the NON-RETURNABLE pathway with issue #6.  The safety net is gone so take a close look.  As with a lot of the DC 52 #4s, I expect the #6s of Rebirth to be the hard-to-find issues in years to come.  Order to sell close to out, but don’t kill the momentum. American Vampire Anthology: Subs.  Anthology is a dirty word when it comes to sales and the lateness of this on a relatively low-selling series doesn’t leave a lot of room for warm feelings. Aquaman TP: Unless you sold at least one copy of Vol 6, skip it. Cyborg Rebirth: No matter how you slice it, it comes up Cyborg, which means lackluster sales.  This shouldn’t be bi-weekly but with his appearance in the JL movie he’s getting a push. We have a pretty good idea of how these are selling as a line so looking at the lower end of Rebirth to match Cyborg’s previous lower-end sales. DKIII Director’s Cut: This is always a nice way to say “Second Printing for more money”.  Some but not a lot over subs. Everafter: Wolf Amoung Us number plus a few for the first issue. Grayson TP: With Dick now back to Nightwing these almost become Elseworld stories.  Not a lot of demand. Green Lantern the Silver Age: I think it’s important...

FOC 08.08.16

Coming off TampaCon it’s a short week. Witchfinder City of the Dead: This has settled into a rhythm like Baltimore – same crowd with minimal sales. World of Tanks: With over 110 million players… who don’t read comics…  I’ve heard this pitch a hundred times but few of these online games translate into comic readers.  Looking at Garth Ennis’ War Stories for Guidance. Ten gets you returnability. Aquaman HC: Is anyone still looking to complete the set?  Not worth waiting for that one guy to come in who might want it. Batman Beyond 3 Pack: Are they seriously thinking Bathound is part of a character 3-pack?  More like a 2-pack with a Bathound accessory.  Anyways, a nice package but we are looking at 2 characters and a bat-accessory for $65. DC Bombshell Annual: Meh.  Same as it ever was.  Should sell no different than a regular issue except the price might put some people off.  This is 5th week so customers will either be catching up or looking for something to add to the small pile but it’s still an annual so maybe 90% or so. DC Flash Statue: Had a lot of requests at the convention this weekend for Flash.  Popularity is rising. Doom Patrol: If you sold out of Rebirth then here’s another chance to get it right.  100% no-catch returnable. Don’t sell out week one.  Find the ceiling on DC’s dime and ignore all the “I’m not giving DC a loan” idiocy.  This is akin to sitting at the blackjack table but the house will mail you a check in 90 days if you have a...

FOC 08.01.16

Kingsway West: Has a bit of East of West feel to it.  Fantasy meets western, neither of which is a strong seller but it looks nice and Greg Pak tells good stories.  10 copies gives an extra 10% discount so thinking that number might work. Action Comics: Settling in to a nice high number compared to previous numbers.  I expect another significant drop-off once this arc is done. Adventures of Supergirl TP: Digital First (strike one), no known creators (strike two) and on the heels of 3 Supergirl trades FOCed last week (Yer out!).  Moving on. Batgirl: Strong first issue.  I expect that’s the curiosity look.  Should hold steady for a few issues. Blue Beetle: Rebirth is here but alas… it’s Blue Beetle.  And not the Ted Kord version that the old-time fans want.  This version never sold well and though it will get the courtesy look it’s not going to sell. Low end of the Rebirth titles. Hellblazer: Came out of the gate dragging a cinderblock. Ordering a bit over what sold but not having warm fuzzy feelings from the initial sales. Six Pack & Dog Welder Hard Traveling Heroez: No love for this and no room for this on a Rebirth-crowded stands.  Even my diehard Garth Ennis Gallery member doesn’t think this will sell.  But the Neal Adams cover is kinda fun.  Not sellable, but fun. Survivor’s Club TP: Another series running sub-6000 copies on the last issue of the collection.  Not convinced there’re enough people who will be looking for this. Wacky Raceland: #2 took a horrific beating.  Cutting to sales or even a bit less....