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FOC 05.29.17

It’s Memorial Day. If you have a beer, please raise it in toast to those who made it possible. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do. Comments are always welcome. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T3YX56C   Aquaman: Stjepan Sejic takes on the art chores, which will be a very different look for this book. Might draw some extra attention. Batman 25: New story arc and extra-sized issue but as the top-selling book already I don’t see a lot of upward movement. Elseworlds Justice League: Horrible cover. Tack that to a 34.99 price tag and a mismatched collection of stories no one is really missing and you’re hard pressed to get this off your shelf.  Zero is fine.  No one will miss this. Green Arrow: Start of a new story but also a jumping off point.  Sales have been on the decline and the additional dollar may be the deciding factor.  Holding steady. Lobo Road Runner: Should be about the same as Martian Marvin the Manhunter Martian. Super Sons: Defying the usual drops and holding at pretty strong numbers. Maintaining the level until proven otherwise. Wonder Woman Tasmanian Devil: Taz is a favorite so throwing him into the WW universe will be fun. Should be one of the better-selling issues. Kull Eternal: Conan-Lite. It’s always been a step-sister to Conan and I don’t expect this to be different. Going about 50% of Conan. It’s returnable at 10 copies so look at that. X-Files Origins II: Vol I didn’t do much and no reason for folks to suddenly decide to jump on. A shadow of X-Files. Crosswind: The Gallery notes that while Gail...

FOC 05.22.17

We're changing some procedures at Coliseum of Comics, which may preclude doing weekly notes. Before making the decision, please take a moment to take a 5 question poll that will take less than 2 minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T3YX56C Thank you! Briggs Land Lone Wolves: We didn’t get a lot of traction on the last series. If you heard any word of mouth from the FCBD story then it might be worth a few extras but likely won’t take any major jumps. Action Comics: Nice General Zod cover. We’ve seen some attrition here but the Suicide Squad appearance might help as will this cover.  The variant cover makes as much sense as a football bat. JLofA: The regular cover is just weird.  The variant is pretty cool. Legion of Super Heroes Bugs Bunny: Legion fans will buy this no question. Look at the lower-end recent Hanna-Barbara cross-overs and go from there. Martian Manhunter Marvin the Martian: Same as LSH & Bugs. 24 Legacy: Ugh.  No one cared. If it’s not Jack, it’s not 24. #1 was a sales disaster so subs only. Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken: Match to #1 and it’s 100% returnable. Can’t pass that up but since #1 only sold at about 70% of orders, this is a tree-killing option. Bitch Planet Triple Feature: Books like this generally don’t sell better than a regular issue and usually sell a bit less. So a bit less. Kill the Minotaur: Mixed reviews from the Gallery. Preview was good but historical/mythology based books don’t have a history of great sales. Splitting the difference and going Rose #1 sales for the fantasy element....

FOC 05.15.17

Bane Conquest: #1 did okay though like many Bat-spinoffs, this will find a core audience that will land it about 50% of where #1 sold by #3.  Thinking 80% of what sold week one. Deathstroke: Lazarus Contract Epilog, which means not-Lazarus Contract.  Should still sell up some but not a key part of the cross-over event. Fall and Rise of Captain Atom: Featuring a naked man on the cover. Uh…not sure that was a good decision.  Luckily, this is down to subs only at this point. Justice League: Sales have been slipping a bit but what makes this noteworthy is that it’s an all new team on the book at the last minute.  Any long-term plan is likely out the window, which usually means shedding readers. Not one copy over what sold so far on the current issue. Wonder Woman Steve Trevor: Odd timing on this as WW Day will be in the history books when this ships 4 days later.  Regardless, this is at best an also-ran sort of book that only hardcore WW fans will care about.  Maybe ½ WW numbers but we’re more likely looking at Odyssey of the Amazon numbers. Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook: Generally unsellable. Subs only. It’s returnable at 10 copies but that’s wrapping up $25 in cost for a few months when the results won’t make the investment worth it. Star Trek New Visions: You should have a number on the New Visions books by now.  If anything, these are consistently under ordered. TMNT Robotanimals: Returnable at 10 copies and I’m confident this one will have fans to soak up most of those...

FOC 05.08.17

Aliens Dead Orbit: Great sales on #1. Expected it to be decent but needed a reorder. No reason to cut this. Joe Golem: If you have data on the first series, go with that.  Limited audience even with Mignola in the credits. Dark Days the Forge: Pull for Batman.  As it’s the only DCU book shipping this week except for a handful of annuals and Flash, this will get traction.  No covers for the two open variants but as the Jim Lee cover is metal stamped and the others aren’t Jim Lee, skip them except for the completists.  This one is big.  Order like it. DC Looney Tunes: Fun series in one volume but still a limited audience.  Get some. DC Superhero Girls Coloring Book: Right age for this so we can sell some. Flash: New story arc following The Button. Be bold and order for Batman subs.  They’ve bought the last 2 issues of Flash so let’s keep the ball rolling.  AND, Green Lantern is on the cover AND they’re racing so there’s that. Justice League Movie Statues: DC is banking big on this movie and it will likely be the make-it-or-break-it movie for them.  Statues are nice and will likely sell to fans of the characters, not just movie fans.  So yeah, these will look cool in the store but it could end up being an expensive conversation piece. Teen Titans Lazarus Contract Special: Ties in with Titans, Teen Titans, and Deathstroke so order enough to cover them all. Trinity Annual: I’m just not excited about this, especially for 4.99.  About 90% of monthly Trinity as it’s...

FOC 05.01.17

Some notes on the Diamond Summit, publishers, and selling comic books The FOC notes follow so feel free to page down it you’re not looking for any editorial this week! We have a bunch of new folks checking in on the FOC notes last and this week thanks to the Summit and our Underground logo so I want to remind everyone that the FOC notes are an amalgam of comments by the Gallery, which is made up of managers and assistant managers in the chain.  I compile the comments into a singular statement for your reading confusion.  If there’s a split decision, I usually note that as well.  If the notes help you, confirm what you were already thinking, or make you rethink something, excellent.  If you disagree, that’s fine as you know your store better than anyone else. The Diamond Summit was okay as far as retailer-interaction goes though the workshops need to be stepped up in my not-so-humble opinion.  The publisher presentations were… less than useful in most cases. Marvel: Flitted in on their magic carper with security, gave a 45-minute rah-rah presentation that began with “Who wants more fun in their comics” and ended with a lot of head shaking.  Showed off talking heads talking about Inhumans and told us how excited everyone was about Secret Empire.  Showed off the misguided Hydra-ized store logos.  Flitted out under a shadow of darkness without taking a single question or interacting with retails thereafter.  Not our best publishing partner.  With all the negative feedback about Hyrda-izing your store, we sent out the following press release: (April 28, 2017) –...