Hopefully the Treehouse of Horror comic doesn’t measure 16 by 21 inches.

§ September 22nd, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Hopefully the Treehouse of Horror comic doesn’t measure 16 by 21 inches.

Just a few words about some of this week’s new comics:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #602 2nd Printing Variant – Is Amazing really selling out at enough locations to really warrant this many second printings? I mean, we order a couple of each just for those folks who want the different covers (and yes, those customers are out there), but I’m pretty sure we’ve enough stock on recent Spider-books to cover anticipated back issue demand.

    Okay, I probably answered my own question, there.

  • Bart Simpson and the Treehouse of Horror #15 – These Treehouse of Horror one-shots always do well, regardless of any special guest writers and/or artists. In fact, I can’t even remember who’s in this one…hold on, here we go:

    “Guest edited by Sammy Harkham, the award-winning creator of the popular Kramers Ergot anthology, this year’s issue is jam-packed with some of the most idiosyncratic (and weirdest) takes on The Simpsons universe ever. Kevin Huizenga (Ganges) and Matthew Thurber (Kramers Ergot) collaborate on a story equal parts Lovecraftian eco-horror and Philip K. Dick identity comedy. Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots) does a creepy story featuring Milhouse, murder, and crawl space living. Harkham and Ted May tell a tragic monster tale of unrequited love, bad karaoke, and body snatching at Moe’s Bar. Ben Jones (Paper Rad) does the epic tale of how bootleg candy sold at the Kwik-E-Mart rapidly spirals out of control into an Invasion of The Body Snatchers-like nightmare of a Springfield filled with cheap bootleg versions of familiar characters.”

    Well, that sounds pretty good. The Jeffrey Brown story sounds downright terrifying.

  • Batman and Robin #2 second printing – Now this we can use. This series has been like printing money so far, and we’ve been selling through, or close enough, our full orders.
  • Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #8 – Sold well for us when Mike Kunkel was writing and drawing it. Not really selling quite so well, now.
  • Dark Reign The List The X-Men one-shot – We ordered relatively low on these “The List” one-shot tie-ins to the company-wide Dark Reign crossover, based on sales of the previous one-shots and minis. I mean, some of those minis are selling in the single digits for us. But the first couple of these one-shots (Avengers and Daredevil) ended up acquiring a small level of demand, causing us to sell through our initial orders and, in the case of the Avengers, wait for an actually-needed second printing. (I read the writing on the wall early enough to get in a reorder on the DD one-shot prior to its sellout.)

    Guest that’s what happens when you have one-shots featuring your marketable characters/franchises, and not, say, “The Hood.” (Though I thought Sinister Spider-Man would have done better than it did. Ah, well.)

  • DC Library Batman A Death in the Family HC – Hey, remember when DC would do those cheap, quickie paperback reprints of the “hot” storylines…the Death of Superman, and this one, the Death of the 2nd Robin. $4.95 a pop, if I recall correctly, and a good deal it was. Not sure we need a forty dollar hardcover of this particular storylines, but 1) you do get some Jim Aparo art, and 2) it gives me an excuse to again whip out this old “Death in the Family” animated gif I made a couple of years ago:

    Hypnotic, ain’t it?

  • Justice League Cry for Justice #1 & #2 2nd printings – For those of you who hated these the first time around, now’s your chance to hate them again!
  • Liongate Films Leprechaun #4 – Hey, that’s how it’s invoiced. That way you don’t confuse it with any other concurrently-running Leprechaun comics. Anyway, I’m really hoping for Leprechaun in Space or Leprechaun in the Hood comics based on those films from this franchise.
  • Superman: Secret Origin #1 – Now that the Siegel estate has the rights to the specific details of Superman’s origin, this comic is all about how a scrawy scientist Dr. Bruce Kalel ran out into a testing field to save a trespassing Jimmy Olsen from the impending Krypton Bomb explosion, and got caught in the blast himself, giving him incredible super powers. That should hopefully clear up any copyright hassles for DC.
  • Wednesday Comics #12 – The last issue…the series’ sales more or less kept consistent throughout the run, and I thought it looked great. And now I’m getting asked how DC’s going to collect this into a trade or hardcover. My answer is usually “expensively.”

In other news:

  • Pal Nat would like to correct some assumptions some of you may be making about the Kirby family’s intentions regarding characters Jack created for Marvel.
  • SO IT’S COME TO THIS: The new War Rocket Ajax podcast is here! Join Chris Sims and Eugene Ahn as they rap their way into your hearts with their Jeff Parker interview! A nurse will be stationed in the lobby in case anyone listening to the podcast suffers heart failure caused by awesomeness.

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