And I pre-ordered mine from Amazon with their delightfully heafty discount.
This book is a bit of a prickly issue.
On the one hand, its Alan Moore, who is considered a god in the comics medium.
On the other hand, its an 'epic tale of pornography' featuring characters from fairy tales you heard as a child. Some states/stores may not be able to carry these.
Then again, there is the price to consider. Will people plunk down 75 dollars (or 150 dollars for the s/n edition) without seeing any of the work?
We were at a loss at our store.
So, I decided to showcase the book in our newsletter for the past couple of weeks.
You can see how i did that here:
(just scroll down to the Alan Moore stuff--you can't miss it)
Since I announced in the newsletter that we would be taking deposits for pre-orders of the book, we have had 10 people put down a deposit for the regular edition, and 2 people put down a deposit for the s/n edition.
This was more copies than we would have got for the stands, so the newsletter promotion (as well as the sign we put up in the store) really helped us out.
How are you other retailers handling this?
Are you ordering any? a little? a lot?
We still have to decide how many we want for 'the stands', but I am pretty happy right now with our pre-orders.
Any boarders plan on picking up the book?
It would be weird to offer porn in a comic store but I can't really see an argument against it. Depends on the shop I guess. Do you have other kinds of porn around? If not, then not getting any for the store and letting people order individually is probably the way to go. Anyone who's into comics has heard of this, there's no need to have every 10 year old ask "What's LOST GIRLS?"
"Uh... you wouldn't like it."
Originally Posted by Ethan Johnson
Our shore has an 'adult' book section.
We have a large selection of trades and 3 shelves of 'bagged' issues of comics (like Pee Soup, HOt Moms, Trucker Fags in Denial, Sticky, and AG Super Erotic Anthology, among others)
I am sure some people will hear about this and go 'ITS PORN!!!1'
We are expecting our clientele to say 'ITS ALAN MOORE!!!1'
Either way, our clientele is well aware that we carry works of pornography (in the comic form...we dont' carry playboy and stuff like that) and after 15 years of doing it there has not been a complaint.
I'd like to add that, for the hardcover edition at least, this will be the only printing. There is no decision for a softcover printing.
So this order, will be it. No reorders. For a major Alan Moore work that is already garnering media publicity.
Even "From Hell"?Originally Posted by Ethan Johnson