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Monday, September 27, 2004
Adventures in Comics Inventory Control
--We've yet to sell a single copy of Brian Pulido's new comic. Even the Crossgen version of Lady Death sold decently, and Chaos fans in our store were very vocal about not liking it, but these new Avatar books seem dead on arrival. No, strike that, we've had a couple of pre-orders on Killer Gnomes.
--NYC Mech sold out it's first issue...and we've yet to sell a single copy of any subsequent issues. Now, extend that sales pattern to every new Image title to come out in the last year that doesn't have zombies in it.
--We can't give any of Beckett's comics away...
--On a related note, and despite upping orders on each issue, we can't keep Ex Machina or Sleeper Season 2 in stock.
--I can't believe we sold out of Harry Johnson.
--In the most recent issue of Comics and Games Retailer (shh! Don't tell anyone I mentioned it! If you don't work in a comic-book store you're not supposed to know the magazine exists...), the publisher of Archie Comics wrote in to urge comics retailers to shelve Archie's super-hero trade paperbacks (Shield, Crusaders and The Fly) in the "super-hero" section, rather than the children's comics section. Well, that was what I was doing all along...and the only people who ever come in looking for them always look in the children's section for them...because Archie has gone out of their way over the last forty years to convince everyone that they are a children's comics publisher...it seems a bit late in the game to me to go and try to change the rules on everyone.