Speculator Corner - Grass Kings #1 Heats Up Ahead Of #2 Shipping

Speculator Corner – Grass Kings #1 Heats Up Ahead Of #2 Shipping

Posted by March 30, 2017 Comment

boom_grasskings_001_c_foc_fionastaplesGrass Kings #1 sold out the day of release – and there is no second print coming because Boom! Studios say they want to focus support on growing a readership for individual issues.

I think they mean speculators.

Grass Kings sold 160% of Kindt’s previous launch from Dark Horse, Dept. H. And 300% of  Kindt’s earlier Dark Horse creator-owned series Mind MGMT.

BOOM! has been on a bit of a sales run as of late. Power of the Dark Crystal #1 sold over 22,000 copies. WWE, which has been unsuccessfully published all around for 25 years, launched #1 over 28,000. Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern came in over 26,000.

That should mean plenty of copies of Grass Kings available, right? Seems not.

Grass Kings #1 has been easily selling multiple copies on eBay for $10. And issue #2 doesn’t even hit stands until April 12th.

It’s become more common for Image Comics to have a hot series like this blow up on the back issue market – but sales have been known to cool when the first tradepaperback ships with a licketysplit schedule. Boom! has, however, chosen to push the first collection back, to support the… okay, let;s call them the collectible market.

And whe  it eventually gets published, rather than a cheapo cheapo $10 first volume, Boom! prefers oversized premium hardcovers, like Klaus, shipping in February next year. Which means that the only place for anyone to read the story until then — will be in the first print of issue #1.

Expect demand to clean out copies of #2 as well, which I’m told has a locked print run already gone to the printer.

Happy hunting!


(Last Updated March 30, 2017 12:59 pm )

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