Small, polite round of applause. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Next paragraph.
A few weeks ago, the folks at Comic Book Jones told me that Diamond had listed the book as being on back order and I, being a bit of a pessimist (no, really?), took that to mean Diamond screwed up and buried the overstock in boxes of Batman: Widening Gyre or Batman: Odyssey or Batman: Super Jock Basketball or Batman: Another Batman Comic or Scream, Batman, Scream! or whatever the hell they stacked on top of it while talking about having to buy all the DC action figures to complete Kalibak even though it kills them. Or they accidentally destroyed the overstock (it's happened, no, really). I never honestly thought it meant the book was sold out from Dark Horse. Because, like, that would be totally awesome news.
Well, I asked the folks at DHC to look into it, because, like I said, I assumed this was a stupid mistake. But DHC told us that the book had indeed sold out in roughly 8 weeks, which surprised everyone concerned. Especially based upon initial orders. Holy Complete Kalibak, Sarah had to talk me down from the roof after I found out about the initial orders. The current numbers are actually really solid, I mean, relatively speaking, this is comics, after all. hell, this is publishing, after all. All said and done, we sold somewhere in-between The Complete Reagan's Raiders HC (which doesn't exist) and Scott Pilgrim Vol 1. Just to give you a range. What, you thought I'd give you actual numbers? Oh, insert laughing SFX here!
This doesn't mean the book is unavailable, sell-out and sell-through are two different things, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And while sell-through has been much stronger than anyone expected, shops that still have copies still have copies, there's a modest supply of copies still available through Amazon, I'm sure bookstores that ordered it have it, blah blah blah. If you've been meaning to pick up a copy, well, no need to panic or anything, unless you're a first printing wonk, which, honestly, isn't a big deal. Besides, it's just a comic book. A comic book that you didn't get, despite our busting our fucking brains making it -- honestly, what the hell's wrong with you people, anyway?
Summing up: sold out from DHC, a rush second printing ordered. Copies are still out there, but hopefully not for long. More copies are coming soon, hopefully before the holidays, because nothing says Happy Whatever The Hell like talking animals, giant frog demons and zombie dog entrails.
My thanks to the readers, retailers, shop clerks, bloggers, bookstore buyers, library buyers and friends who made this happen. If you're still on the fence, you can always check out the free stories at DHC's website, or leaf through the Hellboy/Beasts of Burden one-shot that, fingers crossed, will be out in October. Plug, plug, pluggedy-plugged.
If you're sick of hearing about Beasts of Burden, well, I'll be making you sick of hearing about a few other things, soon, too -- so don't worry. And I'll be posting some new art soon, because I know you're all starving for even a snippet of my picture-making brilliance.
Even I winced while typing that last bit. Sorry.