Friday, February 01, 2013
Comic Cuts - 1 February 2013
Where the hell did January go? A twelfth of the way through the year already. I swear the weeks rush past me faster and faster the older I get.
I must say that I'm very pleased with the way sales of the Lion King of Picture Story Papers are going. I had wanted to get a book out – other than the Sexton Blake Annual – for the Christmas market. As I'm still waiting on artwork for the Mike Western book and it makes sense to do the Valiant at the same time, I fast-tracked another project. Unfortunately, starting on Lion in November left me with a choice: do you want to do this right or do it so it's out in time for Christmas? I chose the former.
But that meant releasing it in January when everyone is broke. Of the two options, January release was the best. The C. L. Doughty book was released February last year and did pretty well in sales ahead of release. I'm pleased to say that Lion just crept past Pages From History and outsold the latter by two copies! This makes it my fastest selling book ahead of launch, although Pages From History has had a year to pull ahead by some distance. Not into three figures yet, but it might be the first. Only six of our fourteen books have sold over 50 copies; three have sold under 20 copies, which is disappointing but so be it. The beauty of the set-up at Bear Alley Books means that I don't have money tied up in stock.
Due to a problem that occurred to someone else thirty-five years ago (it's a long story!), I'm thinking of switching around the order of the next two books in the hope that I can get the next one finished this month. This will be about Ranger, original home of 'The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire', and I'm hoping to have a couple of complete comic strips included alongside the index. It's a fascinating paper and I'm looking forward to getting some work done on it next week.
Random scans. I haven't posted anything by Robert Osborne for some time, so here are a couple of covers from him. Not his best, but colourful. There's something weirdly flat about the soldier's naked torso in the top picture and no thought to musculature ... it looks like there's an alien creature rummaging around in his tummy. And why has a smiling geisha popped in to watch him being lashed? The picture, I suspect, underwent some last minute alterations.
And then we go from bare chested to barefoot. See, these scans aren't so random after all!