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FOC 09.26.16

Call of Duty: Not a huge book but 10 gets returnability so if it’s in the cash-flow it’s worth chasing. Spell on Wheels:  A cross between Charmed and Rat Queens(?).  As a mini-series I’m not putting a lot of stock in it. Batman: First part of a new arc though I don’t see Batman picking up new readers at this point. Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye: Weirdness courtesy of Gerrard Way.  Way has a real fanbase and this is his brand of oddness that should bring in the same crowd as Doom Patrol to at least give it a look.  It’s returnable so Doom Patrol numbers or, if you sold out, more than Doom Patrol. Free Country TP: A collection of Gaiman’s stories plus a new story to complete the series.  The new story is not by Gaiman so it comes down to how many fans have been waiting for this conclusion at a 19.99 price. Multiversity TP: The draw is Morrison but (there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there?) how many Morrison fans are hardcore enough to drop 29.99 on secondary characters?  Few.  Very few. Raven: First issue did very well. I expect this to get a second print.  Raven fans love the character so I don’t see it dropping much if at all in sales. Trinity: #1 came out pretty strong.  Holding at sales plus some. Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special: Looking at the 7.99 priced WW ’77 for direction.  Not much to see or miss here.  Do NOT order for WW. GI Joe Revolution: Looking at GI Joe and comparing it with Rom Revolution sales. Jack...

FOC 09.19.16

Chimighanga Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face: If you have Eric Powell fans then they’ll want this.  10 gets you returnability but you’ll have to introduce this to fans. Adam Strange Silver Age: No demand.  At all. All Star Batman: I think we’ve found the ceiling on this. DC Universe Deluxe Edition: I’m okay with Joker’s Crusade but I’m not seeing this as a long-term book.  Some but not something we’ll be looking for a year from now. Detective Comics: Monster Men cross-over. Doom Patrol: We sold out of crazy numbers in several stores, which I would have bet was not going to be possible.  Luckily I have more at the warehouse for restock but jeez, this one is doing pretty phenomenal! Holding steady until the numbers say otherwise. JL Director’s Cut: Some.  Always a market, albeit limited, for these Lost Boys: More nostalgia seeping (pouring?) onto the comic stands.  Looking at maybe double-to-triple Big Trouble in Little China sales.  The variant cover has nothing to do with the book so that’s an easy skip. Sugar & Spike TP: There was no buzz when it was appearing in the low-selling Legends and I don’t think anyone will care for 14.99. No one wants the original Rugrats as grown-ups. Supergirl: Settling in as a lower tier book. Superwoman: To answer the question “Is the world clamoring for a Super Lois?” the answer is no.  It definitely is not. Disney Giant Halloween Hex: Pull for Uncle Scrooge.  Bigger price but bigger book. Duck Avenger: Should have been 3.99 and it would have sold close to Darkwing Duck.  At 5.99 it’s more...

FOC 09.12.16

Star Trek Adult Coloring Books: Can we dispense with the word “Adult” in the titles of these unless they’re at least R rated?  Anyways, Star Trek has a few dozen coloring books out there but nothing readily in print.  The more mass-market a project feels the less I think I can sell it for 14.99.  Might move a few. Cyborg: The sales on Cyborg Rebirth aren’t pretty.  Cutting deep and I expect it to get back to where it was by issue #6. Death of Hawkman: No doubt this will suffer some of the “death isn’t forever” malaise that infects most deaths in comics these days.  Hawkman will be back as he’s died a few times and you don’t sideline a character with that great a look forever.  Look at the lower Rebirth sales and use that as your high end. Rebirth in General: We’re seeing a 15% attrition rate over each of the last 2 issues.  Thinking it will continue for another issue or two so cutting some to beat the rush.  I still expect most numbers to be settling at 2X previous series’ by issue 10. He Man Thundercats: The Gallery likes this and thinks it’ worth Future Quest-type numbers for the first issue.  Lot of nostalgia on this one. Midnighter and Apollo: Look at the last Midnighter series and order some extras for the #1.  I don’t expect much from this on DC’s crowded stands. Nightwing: Monster Men crossover with Batman but this one’s not returnable. Shade the Changing Girl: Not very well known creators but this will coattail on Doom Patrol a bit.  50% of...

Post Baltimore Retailer Summit.  Lot of info, lot of missed reality checks by a few publishers.  There’s nothing worse than numbers falling and the delusion of saying “best year ever”.  Lot of passion among the publishers and Diamond; if you’re having problems with either it’s not because they don’t care.  Steve Geppi does a mean version of karaoke My Way.  Adam Freeman fails as much as he succeeds in karaoke but damn, he sure tries hard.  Phil doesn’t do karaoke so you can decide for yourself if that’s a success or failure story. Thanks to all who came out for my seminar at the summit.  Diamond ran video and will likely do something with it once they have a chance to edit it to a usable format. Bait HC: Very odd product that may take some hand-selling.  From the people behind Fight Club.  More of an eclectic taste. Tarzan Planet of the Apes: This is a natural.  If you combine all your POTA buyers and all your Tarzan buyers it’s still a pretty small number.  10 copies gets you an additional 10% but 10% off books you can’t sell isn’t a lot of help.  But yeah, this is cool. Batman Beyond: Even the most argent Rebirth fans are being more discerning as the bi-weekly hits to the wallet remind them that they have to be pickier in what they will support.  You should have a baseline of how this line is selling.  This will come out as a medium-selling title.  What’s up with the hip hop cover on the variant.  Not that it’s a rip on a hip hop...