I’m trying not to be too angry about this.

§ August 12th, 2013 § Filed under dc comics, retailing § 8 Comments

So due to DC’s recent announcement that they’re allocating the 3D Villains Month covers, my position on my orders for the books has gone from “I’ve ordered way too many, I’m probably going to take a bath on some of these” to “oh Lordy I’ve ordered not nearly enough.” As I write this (late Sunday evening) the page on the distributor website that will tell me the exact numbers I’m being allocated only results in an error page, so I have no idea how badly my orders are being curtailed. DC is offering 2D versions of the books to make up any shortfall, but the primary selling point on these were the 3D covers, so I suspect the 2D covers will be the disappointing consolation prize.

Since the allocation has been widely publicized, I may have to go the “one per customer” route on many of the books to avoid rampant hording and speculation from those folks who only show up at the store when the faint whiff of a buck to be made wafts gently through the breeze. We’ll see what happens, but let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun to agonize over orders, finally get some numbers down that you can live with, and then have to address the same problem all over again just a few weeks later. Ah, well…I figured there likely wouldn’t be any reorders to be had, but I had hoped at least our full initial orders would ship.

And in conclusion: I’d better get my 3D Swamp Thing covers.

…Anyway, I apologize for the shortness of this post. I try to have longer posts for Mondays, but I’m actually frustrated enough with this situation that I really don’t want to think about comics right now, beyond getting this hoohar straightened out about as much as I can manage. Not knowing how my orders are being cut is probably the worst part at the moment. I’ll let you know how things work out.

8 Responses to “I’m trying not to be too angry about this.”

  • Lo says:

    After you log onto the Retailer website on Diamond, along the top of the website appears a pop up with a link to your DC allocations that shouldn’t result in an error.

  • Jer says:

    Oh DC, sometimes I have trouble believing you’ve been in the funnybook publishing business for almost 80 years.

  • Rich Handley says:

    In related news, DC Comics is run by inept monkeys.

  • Beppo DiDio says:

    “Eek! Eek!”

    Poop splattered covers… the NEXT DC innovation!

  • Evan Waters says:

    At this point I can only imagine their regular printer exploded or something.

  • swamp mark says:

    Oh man!! What do you think the chances are that the lone Swampy collector in a small store in Toronto gets allocated the lone 3D issue he needs? I think I’m screwed. I’m hoping Arcane has a role to play in the upcoming cross-over. Love to see how he interacts with the other villains. BTW, Swampy is back in JLDark starting with #25.

  • Snark Shark says:

    3D: a gimmick current… TO THE 1950’S!

  • philfromgermany says:

    Hm, I decided to order the omnibus since I was gonna spent around 140$ on individual isssues anyways. Supposedly the first print run of that is gonna have the 3D-covers, but now I’m getting anxious abouit it. Which I seriously wouldn’t if the 3D covers were a 1:500 variant or didn’t get made at all. Ahh, well. I do look forward to a lot of the books, though, Matt Kindt, John Ostrander, some new blood writing these…