A History of American Comics? Thank FOC It's Saturday, 2nd of October

Thank FOC It's Saturday –  Planned to coincide and cover the demands of Final Order Cut Off at Diamond Comic Distributors. Lunar Distribution and as of this weekend, Penguin Random House. So here's this week's comics product coming through that may adjusting as demand slips and slides with the emerging economic bubble. Or somesuch.

Thank FOC It's Saturday
Thank FOC It's Saturday

Traditionally FOC is the date when retailers have a last chance to amend their advance orders for comic books without penalty. A final opportunity for publishers to promote books while orders can still be added. A time for credits to be amends, new covers to be revealed, and a final push given. This is an attempt to sift through them all and find the most relevant items.

What's FOC-ing this weekend?

Thank FOC It's Saturday

  • Graphic novel Children Of The Woods by Joe Ciano and Josh Hixson for January 2022 is FOCing from dark Horse this weekend. After a tale of revenge leads to a monstrous outcome, Amber and Quinn pay the price for power and magic as they become the newest children of the Black Woods. As Amber becomes intertwined with the secrets of woods and the town they live in, Quinn learns he is not alone in the woods. And not all who reside there are welcoming.
  • MOM: Mother Of Madness #3 is playing the variant game with 1:25, 1:50, and 1:100 (above) tiered variant covers for the finale.
  • Dark Horse also collects the ComiXology Originals comic Crema by Johnnie Christmas and Dante Luiz, in print for the first time. Esme, a barista, feels invisible, like a ghost . . . also, when Esme drinks too much coffee she actually sees ghosts. Yara, the elegant heir to a coffee plantation, is always seen, but only has eyes for Esme. Their world is turned upside down when the strange ghost of an old-world nobleman begs Esme to take his letter from New York City to a haunted coffee farm in Brazil, to reunite him with his lost love of a century ago. Bringing sinister tidings of unrequited love.
  • Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #1 launches from Dark Horse by Chris Roberson, Mike Mignola, Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck. Hellboy learns about the mysteries of an exorcism gone wrong and more when his occult investigator relative reveals secretive and perilous adventures of one of the Hellboy Universe's most mysterious societies!  Silver Lantern Club member Simon Bruttenholm relates a tale from the dawn of radio, in which Sir Edward Grey and Sarah Jewel go toe to toe with . . . technology?
  • Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen launch The Magic Order Vol 2 #1 with a 1:10 cover by Mark Chiarello (below).

Thank FOC It's Saturday

  • How did Stranger Things: Tomb Of Ybwen #1, Primordial #1, Unborn #1, Frontiersman #1, Human Remains #1, Technofreak #1, Bigfoot Frankenstein #1, Deathstroke Inc #1, and Inferno #1 do? #2 are up for all.
  • Red 5 Comics launches Carriers #1 by Ben Ferrari, Erica J Heflin, Jim O'Riley and Elias Martin. Fable, Gladius, Cherrybomb, Dark Dove: no one has heard of these brave heroes… yet… but they are the only thing standing between the citizens of New York and the unseen terrors that lurk all around them. A band of weaponized carrier pigeons, they soar the night sky looking for new threats and find their largest one yet when the Croc King comes climbing up out of the New York sewer!
  • Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss launch What's The Furthest Place From Here #1 from Image Comics with a triple-sized first issue for $4.99. And 1:25, 1:50, 1:75 and 1:100 covers, as well as a vinyl record release, below. The world has ended. All that remains are gangs of children living among the ruins. But Sid believes there must be something more out there. When she disappears into the wastelands, her gang will risk everything to bring her home. A story about the things that matter most-your survival, your loved ones, and your record collection.

Thank FOC It's Saturday

  • Avengers #50/#750 is the big comic to kick off Penguin Random House's distribution of Marvel Comics, with 1:25, 1:50 and 1:100 tiered covers.
  • Darkhold Blade gives Blade a one-shot, a comic denied him for some time.
  • Death Of Doctor Strange gets its Avengers and Strange Academy one-shots.
  • Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley launch Hulk #1, with Bruce Banner piloting an intergalactic Hulk, with 1:10, 1:25, 1:50 and 1:200 tiered covers.
  • While Ram V, Al Ewing and Bryan Hitch launch Venom #1, with Eddie Brock in space and Dylan Brock on Earth, with 1:25, 1:50 and 1:100 tiered covers.
  • The Marvel 2022 Calendars are up for FOC if you want to add any more bundles than you have been allocated.
  • Marvel Comics launches The Thing #1 by Walter Mosley and Tom Reilly. Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street's favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself, with a 1:25 tier cover.
  • Rush #1 launches from Vault Comics by Si Spurrier and Nathan Gooden, 1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last great Gold Rush. But in the lawless wastes to the North, something whispers in the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night.
    To Brokehoof, where gold and blood are mined alike. Now, stumbling towards its haunted forests comes a woman gripped not by greed — but the snarling rage of a mother in search of her child… fully returnable with tiered covers of 1:5, 1:10, 1:50, and 1:100 (below) tiered covers.

Thank FOC It's Saturday

  • Digger #1 launches from Action Lab Comics by Marcelo Ferreira, Athila Fabbio and Michael Rodrigue. Jack Digger is a Gravedigger, a formerly legendary secret society of monster hunters who make sure the dead they bury stay six feet under. But after the most recent encounter with the supernatural, Digger's mentor hangs up the shovel and moves to Las Vegas to gamble away his Golden Years. Now, Digger must train a new Gravedigger: Emily Spade, a college burn out and mild alcoholic who is the only applicant willing to do the dirty job. Her life is falling apart and Digger's is already broken, but together they might be their small town's best hope of staying monster free!
  • Black Mask Comics launches Godkiller: Spiderland #1 by Matteo Pizzolo and Anna Muckracker, with increased retailer discount for launch, fully returnable with a black bag cover and 1:15 and 1:30 tiered variants, fully returnable.
  • WW Norton launches the hardcover volume, American Comics: A History by Jeremy Dauber.
Thank FOC It's Saturday
A History of American Comics? Thank FOC It's Saturday, 2nd of October
  • DC launches Human Target #1 by Tom King and Greg Smallwood with a 1:25 cover.
  • Scout Comics launches Commander Rao #1 by Fell Hound & Jeremy Simser with a 1:10 variant.
  • Ahoy Comics launches My Bad #1 by Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman and Peter Krause.
  • Scout Comics launches Thud #1 by Bryan "Peabe" Odiamar.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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