And Now, A Word From James

Cheers, beloved members of the Isotope family!

If you’ve been paying attention to the recent comic news you already know it’s another exciting time of change for the comic industry. One that will no doubt be great for comics and will also probably cause some chaos for us Friendly Comic Book Retailers throughout the industry for a bit. As you probably also know, everything we get from Diamond Comics Distributors is non-returnable, so if I order something that no one wants for whatever reason, that hurts the general healthiness of the store. Admittedly, I’ve always had a pretty keen sense of what will and what won’t sell at the Isotope and have done pretty well with that over the years. And I plan to continue doing just that. However, recently a number of publishers, understandably eager to make their mark in the digital comics world, are no longer providing folks like me with accurate information on what to expect as far as the wheres and perhaps even the whens of distribution on their books anymore. I don’t really mind these changes and think it all heralds an exciting new era for comics, but it does require a few adjustments on my part… ‘cos Momma Sime didn’t raise no fool. When it comes to order time I have to assume anything they publish will be distributed digitally at whatever unknowable price they might decide now (and perhaps on whatever unknowable day as well). With all that in mind, I’m sure everyone will appreciate that while the Isotope remains just as committed as always to selling and stocking a vast variety of comics I’m going to be just a bit more cautious about going out on a limb for certain books or formats in the future.

Fortunately, I had Comixology built so we can ensure my staff and I continue doing an excellent job providing you with all the information about upcoming releases we can and getting you all the books you want. Truth be told, after all the false starts I encountered trying to get an on-line Previews and pull-list made, I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. I spent 3 years of my life getting that thing made and preparing the Isotope for this exact moment! Man, it’s great when a little duty now for the future pays off, isn’t it?

Orders for July/August are due this coming week, please take the time this weekend to place them. I am, of course, going to continue to bend over backwards to get you whatever you want, but anything with JUN10 order codes placed after Monday, June 28th at midnight may be subject to delays or allocations. So please do get those lists updated, por favor. Here’s everything Diamond is shipping for August/September releases:

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– James

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