Preorder at Comic Shops

Friday, February 12, 2010 / Bloggified by Jake Bell /

The first two books are listed in Previews this month. Previews is the catalog from which every comic book store in the country orders its products.

Now, on the plus side, pretty much every comic book store in the country is a locally-owned business without corporate overlords siphoning away profits to fund whatever evil schemes corporate overlords fund with siphoned profits. They are small businesses run by your neighbors and you can't go wrong supporting that.

The downside of their being small businesses is that they typically don't have a lot of extra money just laying around to try out new, unproven stuff. Sure, they'll order Batman and Spider-Man because people know those books and the store owners know they'll sell. But by the time they get to page 312 of Previews, they've already bought all the surefire stuff and everything in the back starts to look the same.

In short, what I'm saying is there's a very good chance your local comic book retailer won't be stocking SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS or FREEZER BURNED unless you bring it to their attention. If you want to support your local business, you've got to let them know.

To help you out, I've created the note below. Just click it, print it, fill in your name (and maybe your contact information) and enter the number of copies you'd like to purchase (or leave the suggested number), and take it to your local comic book shop. Need help finding a local comic book shop? Head over to the Comic Shop Locator.

Most shops will ask you to pay upfront for special orders like this, but if you ask nicely, many will give you a discount of 10-20%.

Thanks for supporting local comic shops and thanks for supporting me and Chris Giarrusso.

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