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DID YOU BUY THIS BOOK?

I DID.

No replacement book offered? Isn't that special!

Yesterday (9/22/10) on the Dark Horse’s website, Senior Editor Dave Land graciously admitted that the 9/20 Conan comic strip of that year (collected in the 1st Conan Newspaper Strip Hardcover) was also used again in the spot designated for the 10/20 Conan comic strip for that year.

So it was a repeated strip– with 10/20′s strip nowhere to be found in the book.

I want to be the first to tell you that Mr. Land apologized profusely and in an extremely caring and believable manner in his post while noting the error.

(Read it on Dark Horse’s website here)

However, this one line in his apology threw me way off:

The correct top strip for that page appears above and we will correct this error for future printings of this volume.”

So what does that statement mean? I bought this book under the impression that it was complete. Does the above statement written by Mr. Land mean I shouldn’t expect a corrected volume to replace my incorrect one? Sure seems like I should NOT expect one. Guess I could always BUY a Second Printing if I want a corrected book… Like that’s gonna happen.

Unfortunately, on the book’s devoted web page there is NO MENTION of this problem… But there is a link to where you can BUY A COPY.

Here’s the full text of the post– taken directly from Dark Horse’s website:

Sometimes mistakes are made. I make them constantly. Which is why I’m amazed that, given my job, things like this don’t happen more often. See, I’m the editor of Conan: The Newspaper Strips Volume 1 and it seems that despite my having looked at every page of that lovely volume numerous times I missed a simple error on page thirty-three. The top strip on that page is a repeat of the strip from 9/20 of that year instead of the strip for 10/20. I’d like to personally apologize for this error. I try to keep things like this from happening in the books I edit, but like I said, sometimes mistakes are made. The correct top strip for that page appears above and we will correct this error for future printings of this volume. Again, please accept my apologies for the error and thanks for reading!

—Dave Land, Senior Editor

I feel for Mr. Land, I really do. But it is usually my experience that Publishers are willing to exchange incorrect books with corrected editions. I (and I am sure others) would like Dark Horse to simply clarify that they have NO plans to offer people who bought this incorrect hardcover a corrected book.

And I want to make this clear: Dark Horse is a good company that offers a tremendous amount of quality reading material and merchandise. Their achievements far outweigh their fouls… Which is one reason I guess I am so surprised to read the above statement.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

~My OPEN LETTER to the GOD of MANGA~

Dear God of Manga,

I know I haven’t written you in while and you might be feeling a little neglected. I’m sorry about that… But I really want to thank you for any influence you may have had in nudging Dark Horse Comics into RESUMING printing of their unfinished Manga series “Eden, It’s An Endless World” and “MPD-Psycho”.

I don’t mind telling you MG, I would have been exceptionally pissed off– if I ever got around to reading these books– to discover that Dark Horse had just lamely quit publishing the damn things. Especially since I had to pay some seller in New Zealand a fairly significant price just to send me ONE VOLUME of the out of print “Eden” editions… And had to navigate through all sorts of hoops to fill other extremely hard to find, out-of-print holes in the series.

Do you think Dark Horse had to stop publishing them because they had used up their yearly allotment of trees for all the Star Wars prequels, sequels, in-between-els that they needlessly print?

Anyway, Dark Horse says that they are going to keep publishing “Eden” and “MPD-Psycho” as long as the public supports the titles. That would be really cool– especially since they have already released the first 12 of the entire 18 volumes in the Eden series and 9 of the 14 available volumes in the MPD-Psycho storyline. I really think Dark Horse should now reprint several of the hard to find volumes in these series too… So completists can get in on the action from the beginning and enjoy the stories too. If they don’t reprint these out of print books, aren’t they just wounding their efforts to renew interest in these series right from the beginning of their relaunch?

The people running Dark Horse are pretty smart… They need to understand that we– as regular, loyal customers– want to finish reading these Manga series in their entirety. So if interest in these new books start to wane– I hope that– at the very least– they’ll step up and release a couple of big Omnibus collections to finish off these titles.

I know you’ll do what you can great God of Manga. Publisher’s need to know that when several books in a completed series have already been printed like this– many consumers want to read them all… Just like they would want all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica to be released on DVD or Blu Ray. Could you imagine the uproar if the studios only released 1/2 of every Television series on discs… Leaving you to “go fish” for the other episodes? Same goes for partial Manga releases. Don’t start printing the books in an already completed series if you think you might not finish.

That would just suck!

All the Best,

Insideman

Here’s some of the great stuff we would have missed seeing to completion:

(Thanks to CCW*TV’s Jose Melendez for the tip!)

Since I am a 99.9% “Wait for the Hardcover or the Trade Paperback” kind of guy, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and let you know what I’m buying every week. Since people keep asking why I buy so many books every week, I expect all you floppy readers to tell me what I am doing right and what I am doing wrong… And I may even chime in on occasion and defend my choices. Not that a personal preference should need defending, mind you…

I might also point out why I am not buying some stuff as well… And the list may also generate a rant or expose a pet peeve… So watch out for that!

THIS WEEK’S HARDCOVERS, GRAPHIC NOVELS & MANGA

The titles in blue are either new items or items I decided against:

Adventures of Superboy Vol 1 HCI just stopped myself. Maybe next week ;-)
Big Book O’ Ditko This is going to sound horrible… I don’t like Ditko’s art
Bone Tall Tales – I got the softcover… CHEAPER!
Chew Vol 1 Omnivore HC – Own both already. Still couldn’t resist
Classic Transformers Vol 6
Daredevil The Devils Hand – What’s up, Andy Diggle?
Felix the Cats Greatest Comic Book Tails HC Torn again but my heart says, “COMIC BOOK REPRINTS… Uh, no.”
Final Crisis Revelations I own the hardcover already

Hey Dark Horse! Next time you charge $49.99 for a book-- reprint something that critics aren't calling "Boring"!

Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives Vol 1 HC Saw several reviews that called these “COMIC BOOK REPRINTS” boring!
Garth Ennis Battlefields Vol 5 The Firefly & His Majesty – I luv this series.
GI Joe Best of Scarlett
Invaders Eve of Destruction
Locke & Key Vol 3 Crown Of Shadows HC – I luv this series too!
Marvelman Classic Vol 1 HCAgain, maybe next week.
Myspace Dark Horse Presents Vol 5
Penny Arcade Vol 6 Halls Below
Siege Avengers Initiative HC
Star Trek Original Series Omnibus
Street Fighter Vol 6 Final Round
Team-Ups of the Brave and the Bold HC – What a weird title!
Ultimates II Ultimate Collection Oh Hell No!

Love the shout out! Thanks, Mike!

Unwritten Vol 2 Inside Man- Really? How could I resist? (I bought the first volume already. Loved it!)
Wolverine Dark Wolverine Vol 2 My Hero I own the hardcover already
X-Men Forever Vol 4 Devil in a White Dress- I guess

MANGA

Gossip Girl Manga Vol 1 – You damn well better believe I’m buying this! I’m MAD for MANGA!
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys Vol 10 – Oh my!
Ooku Inner Chambers Vol 4

Some Additions:
Amy Devlin Mystery HC Vol 1 Past Lies (2nd Print)
Dorohedoro Vol 2
My Monkey’s Name is Jennifer (2nd Print)

I'm amazed that no one has figured out I'm Jodie Foster yet