Poor Image Comics! Dancer #1, Danger Club #2, The Manhattan Projects #3 and Saga #3 have all sold out and require second printings.
One step forward, two steps back. That seems to be the problem plaguing companies like Image Comics, as they continue to receive critical and fan acclaim for the fantastic new series they release, only to have those successes tainted by the continuing debacle of chronic underprinting.
DANCER #1, the first issue of a new Image Comics thriller series by Eisner-nominee Nathan Edmondson (WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Nic Klein, was just released this week, and received the internet's highest honor by being chosen as the subject of The Outhouse's own weekly Review Group. Unfortunately, before Image could send out a press release basking in the glory of this achievement and directing sweet, sweet unique hits to The Outhouse, the title sold out at the distributor level the same day that it was in stores. Image, tail between its legs, will be rushing a second printing (APR128084) to stores on June 13, when the second issue also hits. Hopefully they'll have better luck with #2.
Also selling out on its Wednesday release date this week was the second issue of the Teen Titans-meets-The Lord of the Flies series DANGER CLUB by Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade), which MTV Geek calls " a relentless and unique take on the 'teen superhero team' genre," continuing its strong but poorly planned performance after a critically-acclaimed first issue that also sold out and received a second printing. You would think that Image would learn from its mistakes, but month after month, the comics are underprinted. DANGER CLUB's second printing (APR128085) will be in stores on June 13.
One might think that this shameful underestimation is due to conservative practices regarding up and coming creators, but even books by proven successes and huge comics megastars like Jonathan Hickman and Brian K. Vaughn are suffering from a lack of supply to meet the demand.
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (THE RED WING) also sold out this week. The alternate history science fiction series that Comics Alliance calls "pure mad science in comic book form" continues its nuclear assault on readers' minds, with sales numbers on the third issue matching those of the first, which leaves absolutely no excuse for the miscalculation. The second printing of THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3 (APR128086) will also be on shelves on June 13.
SAGA continues its soaring success with a sell-out of its third issue this week, as Image Publisher Eric Stephenson revealed in an interview with ICv2 that SAGA #1's sales are nearing 70,000 copies. The latest issue of the Brian K. Vaughan-penned, Fiona Staples-drawn epic series was called "stunning, entertaining, and relevatory" by Comic Book Resources, but fans around the country were asking "where can I buy this book?! It's sold out everywhere!" A second printing of SAGA #3 (APR128087) will be in stores on June 13 as well.
The Outhouse can only hope that Image, and the rest of the comics industry, will get a grip on their projections and start producing the right number of comics soon, before people start to think that they're doing this on purpose or something.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Despite all their experience, Image's books continue to sell out, week after week.
Source: Press Release (Wording may have been slightly altered)
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror