- Posted by Johanna on June 6, 2007 at 4:13 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
According to a Boom spokesperson, the graphic novel line was delayed until the Perseus relationship was in place because of the importance of the book trade to the company’s primarily non-superhero titles. Bookstore orders have been running two to three times comic store orders on the releases ordered to date.
Well, yes. The direct market, for all its outstanding stores, primarily still supports superheroes, and other types of comics sell better in bookstores. And if you have an appealing product (espeically with Hollywood interest, as Boom’s graphic novel line is starting with two titles recently optioned, Tag and Talent), you will sell more where there are many more potential customers.
The rest of the slate is collections of their miniseries and series, but two former DC titles caught my eye: In August, Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children is due, collecting some unspecified number of the 30-issue 1989 DC/Paradox Press series.
Then in September, Seekers into the Mystery (15 issues, Vertigo, 1996) comes back into print. From this I take today’s lesson: a good creator-control deal that demands in-print or return-to-creator status will allow properties to live on.