Diamond Comic Distributors recently informed retailers of the Free Comic Book Day comics they could still add orders to, and of those that had all their numbers filled.
But also that one of the books was going to have to be allocated so that each retailer would only receive a certain percentage of their order.
And it's one of the more desirable books as well… the new Mouse Guard hardcover from Archaia/Boom.
Boom's Filip Sablik told Bleeding Cool,
We did end up having to allocate orders on the Archaia Free Comic Book Day hard cover. In order to make a hard cover viable for FCBD, we had to print overseas and the schedule for FCBD books to arrive at Diamond isn't really constructed for overseas printing. We ended up having to give the printer an estimate of the number of copies we would need to print, so they could make sure they had enough paper since the quantities were so high. When we had to increase the price on the Archaia FCBD hard cover at FOC, we anticipated the orders would come back equal or less than the initial orders and retailers actually increased their orders resulting in the allocation.
The good news is there will once again be a beautifully produced, terrifically curated Archaia hard cover available at comic shops for FREE on Free Comic Book Day. Although I'd recommend fans get to their local comic shop early to grab their copy.
I'd start sweet talking them now… here's a look at what's coming.