DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: September 2014 – 3D Motion Sickness

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by David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

As has been their wont for the past few years, DC marks the September anniversary of The New 52 with a publishing stunt. In September 2012 it was Zero Issues; in September 2013 it was Villains Month with fancy 3D covers, weird X.1 numbering, and allocations. And in September 2014 they return to the 3D cover well with Futures End one-shots.

This year DC avoided last year’s allocation falderal by having retailers get their orders for the Futures End one-shots in a couple of months early, with creative teams announced only a couple of weeks before orders were due, and initial orders only (no Final Order Cutoff). (Retailers were also allowed to order up front as many 3D and standard covers that they wished for each title.) This caused no end of problems for retailers as they had to judge how many to order of these one-shots with no real clue as to how they would sell. Would there be as much demand as there was last year with the highly-publicized 3D cover shortages? How many customers would want to get the fact 3D covers, regardless of whether they were buying the regular titles? How many customers would want 3D covers over standard covers? How many customers would just sit out the one-shots all together?

The Retailer’s View: Eventful

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In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store and the world of comics in general. Being Mr. Manager for a shop and writing about comics on the internet doesn’t allow for a lot of extracurriculars, so stepping away for […]

DC’s July comics announcements; The coming of Grayson and what’s coming in September

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Here’s the DCU and New 52 solicits for July — and as a BONUS becuase of the lead time needed for the lenticular covers, the September Future’s End solicits, with NO CREATIVE TEAMS ATTACHED, probably because ANYTHING could happen between now and then. We’ll have Vertigo and trades in the next post. Of note — the new Grayson, Teen Titans and Suicide SQuad books and HArley Quinn at Comic-Con by Amanda conner — a good time is guaranteed in that one.

DC’s September stunt involves 3-D Motion Covers, and five years in the future

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DC has announced its September stunt for the year at the ComicsPRO meeting down in Atlanta and it’s the return of those new-fangled lenticular motion covers, plus a tie-in the the weekly series THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END. According to an email from a publicity temp at WBE, “Following the overwhelming success of 2013s “Villains […]

DC’s new weekly series The New 52: Futures End mixes past and future for the New 52

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DC is getting back into the weekly thing later this spring with a Batman weekly comic, and they’ve just announced Futures End, which will feature writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens and artists including Ethan Van Sciver, Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti and Jurgens, among others. Among the characters being explored; Batman […]