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Thursday, December 02, 2004
Post New Comics Day Round-Up
The saddest assortment of JLA action figures came into the store yesterday: a dead teenager, a widower, and the guy who apparently made that last guy into a widower. I found myself strongly tempted by the Adam Strange figure, however, due mostly to Grant Morrison's and Andy Diggle's recent treatments of the character. I must remember to buy that Archive edition when I have the money.
It was Avengers Relaunch week! You had your choice of non-continuity based Avengers comics, and an Avengers comic featuring characters who recently appeared, or are slated to appear, in movies. And each had a variant cover you could own as well, because everyone loves variant covers, and surely they will save the industry.
Actually, I was starting to get a little annoyed by the panicky phone calls from people who wanted to make sure that we still had the variants for New Avengers and Ultimates 2. Up until now, we've never had any trouble keeping the variants that Marvel puts out in stock, so I was a little surprised that people actually seemed to want these two.
My completely unfair and evil thought: that Art of Greg Horn book better be, uhm, "sturdy." Considering the reasons people feel perfectly comfortable telling us as to why they buy books of that nature (or why they need a replacement copy), it had better be damn "sturdy."
Even at a quarter, people don't seem to want Hunter/Killer. It's not a good sign when I've never heard of your comic and you're distributed through Diamond.
The Diamond LA warehouse seems to be having "issues" with their pickers again. This week and last week we were shorted about half of the graphic novels and trade paperbacks we were supposed to receive. A lot of books that I know are out right now still haven't shown up at the LA warehouse yet. And the issue of Losers that we were supposed to get last week, and receive replacement copies for this week, has apparently been lost in transit. Of course, it could be worse...from what I've been led to understand, a lot of stores serviced by the LA warehouse didn't get their Marvel and DC comics this week...
Oh, and I finally got around to adding a couple of sites I really should have added a while ago:
Websnark: for all your on-line comics commentary needs.
Viper Comics Raw Feed, which is also doing a Christmas comics advent calendar of sorts
TangognaT, for nice articles on manga and libraries.