What’s Up With Iron Wok Jan?

So this past Wednesday, KC came home with the comics, including a new volume of Iron Wok Jan. I wasn’t expecting one, since it didn’t show up on the Diamond list I looked at, but that happens often, since Diamond doesn’t always ship the same things through its various warehouses in the same week these days.

So here I am with Iron Wok Jan 16. It’s been a while since DR Master has shipped a book in this series, so I pulled the previous volume off my shelf, which turned out to be 14. Hmmm. No, 15 doesn’t show up on a search of the Diamond lists. No, I don’t have 15 sitting around somewhere else. It seems that book 15 is due to ship in two weeks, on March 1st. Great planning there, DR Master.

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  1. People were just talking about this over at Love Manga in regards to Nodame Cantabile 3 coming out in comic shops two weeks after NC 4. I think the consensus is that it’s Diamond, which I could believe with no problem. Of course, I don’t think Del Rey cares much about the direct market, but I’d guess DR Master might be a little more annoyed.

  2. Do you think this would happen if those publishers were exclusive with Diamond? Never mind, just speculating.

    I can believe it’s Diamond, but I also blame the publisher, because their out-of-date website says that book 15 was due out last October.

  3. I have IWJ #15 sitting right here. I got it a few months ago in a whole pack of Dr Master books. So I dunno why it isn’t listed as having come out.

  4. Don’t blame Dr. Master — they came out with their books on schedule. We had IWJ #15 back in December, and it was also available through mass-market bookstores in December as well.

    Another recent Diamond screw-up involves a few of the Del Rey Manga books, where they are shipping through Diamond out-of-order, and late. Del Rey is extremely good about shipping stuff on-time, and as far as I can tell have a 100% on-time record for their manga releases, shipping exactly on their pre-announced release dates. Yet Diamond somehow fouled that one up.

    I personally place a huge chunk of the blame on Diamond’s monopoly. If they had a direct-market competitor, screw-ups like this would be less likely to happen. As it now stands, Diamond has *no* significant incentive to improve their services to the direct market.

  5. Yeah, I noticed that my Othello #6, which Diamond just shipped, was published two months earlier. Thanks for the background, Matt. I wish there was more competition available.

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