What’s Not Out in Time for Christmas

Tomorrow is the last new comic day before Christmas. Let’s see what gift ideas didn’t arrive in time for giving, shall we?

Dark Horse hasn’t put out any of its Harlequin manga romances yet, although they were due by now, and its poorly named-and-marketed gal anthology Sexy Chix isn’t out (moved to January).

George Perez, Storyteller, a Dynamic Forces book, was due last month.

IDW’s Maze Agency and Shaun of the Dead collections aren’t out yet, and there’s no information on either on their website that I could find.

This is the SECOND holiday season that the Howard Chaykin American Flagg! collection didn’t ship from Image.

Marvel’s Young Avengers Special would have made a nice stocking stuffer, but it’s due out next week. Moonstone’s Buckaroo Banzai fifty-cent sampler issue would have, too.

We have to wait until next year for another Scott Pilgrim book. But I’m going to have another volume of Owly, which makes it all ok.

6 Responses to “What’s Not Out in Time for Christmas”

  1. Sebastian Says:

    I think “Sexy Chix” was never intended for November but was solicited early… the Dark Horse site showed a street date of Dec. 21st since early in October. (They seem to do that a lot, at least in the past 6 months… and obviously it still isn’t enough to get the books done on time.)

    The Harlequin manga have a Dec. 21st date right now, but I suppose that will change again, as they aren’t on Diamond’s list for this week.

    BTW, when’s Girl Genius vol.4 due? Solicited in October, so it could (theoretically) have made it for Christmas.


  2. Johanna Says:

    Sebastian, you’re so good at keeping me honest. Yes, like many Dark Horse collections/graphic novels, Sexy Chix was solicited in September with a December 21 due date. I’ve edited the original post to reflect that.

  3. Ray Cornwall Says:

    While it’s true that Dark Horse may not have intended to put out Sexy Chix (and the Harlequin romances, and the second Sin City oversized set), they certainly solicited these books during months where retailers were trying to figure out holiday budgets. I wonder if some retailers inadvertently ordered these hoping for holiday sales.

    The great point of this article is that retailers have to guess which big-ticket items are coming in before Christmas. Unlike just about every other retail segment, there’s no help for the retailer at the holidays. Too many items ship late or WAY too close to Christmas for a retailer to sell at the holidays.

    I think publishers would be wise to have big-ticket items available by Black Friday, so a retailer could hype them throughout the holiday season. Or would that make too much sense?

  4. Rich Johnston Says:

    Shaun Of The Dead collection is out in the UK.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I’ll see if I can fit a cross-Atlantic trip into my holiday shopping, then. :)

  6. James Schee Says:

    Has there been any word on the American Flagg! books?

    I’ve already prepaid for them and everything with DCBS and I’m considering asking them for a refund or at least credit if there doesn’t seem to be some word of them hitting stores soon.




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