- Posted by Johanna on January 21, 2007 at 8:35 pm
- Category: Comic News
More announcements related to the Dark Tower comic:
Velocity Comics is the ONLY comic store in the state–ahem, Commonwealth–of Virginia to be holding such an event. So if you’ve got friends at the beach, or Williamsburg, or Danville, or wherever that want in on this thing, please let them know we’ve got them covered. To remind, it’s TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH. We’ll open the doors at 11:30 PM, start selling the book at midnight, and stay open until about 1 AM. Customers picking up the book will get 20% off of their entire purchase. Sounds fun, eh?
Bear in mind that any purchase won’t include any other comics due out the next day, because retailers won’t be allowed to sell those until normal operating hours on Wednesday.
I can understand satisfying pent-up demand when it comes to a highly anticipated new Harry Potter installment or a new operating system release… but a comic? On a weekday? I’m too old to do that, especially since I’m now a suburbanite and am afraid to go to downtown Richmond late at night.
I also wonder how effectively these stores and/or Marvel are going to be at getting the word out to non-comic-reading Stephen King fans? What advertising has been done to reach them?
— If they do show up, there will be three versions for them to buy. Aside from the regular version, there are two variant cover versions, one by Quesada, and a sketch variant by Jae Lee. And Marvel’s pulled out the stops on the contents:
[T]he first issue is jam-packed with extras and supplemental materials–including an exclusive prose short story written by Robin Furth! In addition to 31 pages of story by the main team of Robin Furth, Peter David, Jae Lee, and Richard Isanove, the issue boasts a map of New Canaan, a preview of issue #2, and an exclusive story of Roland and his friends as they learn how their worlds came into being– all accompanied with spot-illustrations by Jim Calafiore and June Chung.
It’s $4 for 48 pages with no ads. I find that an interesting choice, since Marvel has been overselling ads lately to the detriment of the reading experience. Why cut them out here, when they’re expecting a larger audience and could make even more money?