- Posted by Johanna on January 31, 2009 at 9:23 am
- Category: Comic News
Isn’t it interesting, now that more comics are getting cancelled for not meeting order minimums, that Diamond stopped putting the monthly cancellation list in the Previews customer order booklet? You have to go to their site to see it. (Where they currently have last month’s PDF linked in error, but if you change JAN09 to FEB09, you’ll find it.) Perhaps that’s just a page count problem … the cancel lists have been getting longer, so they take up more room. Then again, if fewer things are offered for order, they’ll win back some pages that way.
Also, for those who were curious, there are a variety of reasons given for cancellation. 1 is lateness, but you don’t see this one used very much. The four most common are:
2: Will Resolicit. This is what DC uses, for example, on All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder when Frank Miller is running late again. It means they’re going to relist it later, once it’s ready. I would expect something that’s being rescheduled for later in the year to bear this code, which is why I find Tokyopop’s explanation about their recent cancellations, that they’re just balancing their schedule, a little suspicious.
3: Cancelled by Previews. This seems to be what’s being used for those items that don’t get enough orders to be worth carrying.
4: Cancelled by Publisher. Exactly what it says. When listings for more than one installment of a series are included with this code, you know the series has been cancelled. There’s a 9, Series/Product Line Cancelled, for use in that case, but I think the last time I saw that was when some company (maybe Speakeasy?) went out of business and they listed everything still open from them with that code. Sometimes you’ll see a mix, like issue X of something will be cancelled with a 4, while issues X+1 and X+2 have a 9.
6: Sold Out. Mostly shows up on DC and Marvel collections and graphic novels when they’ve sold through their stock. (There’s also a 5, Out of Stock, but I never see that used.)