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Last week I asked comic folks if they had anything cool they’d be bringing to Comic-Con next week, and boy did they respond. Here’s the first of many posts that I’ll put up between now and the show to spotlight some of the cool items you can buy on the floor … and, when applicable, where else you can buy them if you aren’t at the show.
UDON Entertainment is celebrating their 10th anniversary with three hardcover books that’ll premiere at the show. Regular softcover versions will be available in stores in August/September and are available to pre-order now on Amazon.
Amazon.com has removed the “buy” button from all of the graphic novels it lists that are distributed by Diamond Book Distributors, including books from Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, IDW and many other publishers. Calvin Reid at Publishers Weekly reports this is apparently in response to last weekend’s pricing glitch, in which a variety of high-end books were erroneously marked at much lower prices. While the books are not available directly from Amazon, they can still be purchased on the website from third-party sellers.
A source knowledgeable about the situation told PW that Amazon has been forced to temporarily take down buy buttons for all titles supplied by Diamond in order to correct the problem. According to the source, Amazon has to do an audit to figure out which customers got books and at what prices. While the situation is temporary, the source said, “there is no timetable for when this will be completed.” The buttons were still off Thursday morning.
Here’s a quick recap for anyone who was under a rock — or who, like me, missed all the excitement because they were sick in bed this weekend. On Sunday, Amazon was offering big discounts on all sorts of high-priced comics collections — everything from Marvel’s Omnibus line to the Bone: One Volume to The Complete Invincible Library Vol. 1 hardcover. Most of them dropped from their usual prices — those Omnibus editions retail for about $100 — to $14.99, with some falling to a little more than $8 as the day went on.
Fans and retailers went on a buying spree, and social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook were ablaze as creators pushed their own books and fans bragged about their purchases. But while some of the orders were filled and shipped, many of them were canceled, with customers receiving $25 credits for their trouble.
Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, we’re pleased to present a preview of the third collection of David Malki’s comic strip Wondermark. The strip appears online as well as in the print edition of The Onion.
Here’s a little more info on the quirky, funny strip:
It’s Wondermark time again! Come along for the ride as Dark Horse returns to David Malki’s silly, bizarre, and hilarious world that’s not quite present day, not quite the Victorian era, and not like anything else you’ve seen before. (Unless you’ve read the previous Wondermark books, of course!) This newest volume of the Eisner-nominated series contains over one hundred comic strips originally published in The Onion and on wondermark.com, plus many pages of additional material by creator David Malki. More than just webcomic collections, the Wondermark books have been praised for their magnificent design and loads of extra content for casual readers and superfans alike.
Check out the preview, which includes two exclusive pages, after the jump.
The Final Crisis hardcover hits stores today, and if you’re like me, you aren’t planning to pick it up because you already own the single issues. However, if you’re curious about the introduction to the hardcover by Arthur magazine’s Jay Babcock, DC has reprinted it over at the Source.