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Previews World Pullbox

Coming out of the 2018 Diamond Retailer Summit in Chicago, we now have some more information about Diamond Comic Distributors PULLBOX program! PULLBOX is the web based system that has been being spoken about for a couple of months now. The web based system allows customers to regulate their “pull” at their respective comic book store. They can add books, take them out, special order, etc. Here’s what Diamond had to say:

“The response to PULLBOX from comic shop retailers attending the Summit was great,” said Diamond’s VP-Retailer Services, Chris Powell. “They were keenly interested in how they could use PULLBOX in their stores and excited about the potential of a unique online delivery system for orders. We’re working hard on the features of the entire program, one we think both retailers and their customers will be excited to use.”

PULLBOX is currently planned for wide release in mid-July, allowing customers to place their preorders with comic shops for the August catalog cycle. Beta-testing for a select group of retailers and their customers is scheduled to begin in May.

Retailers will have free access to PULLBOX until May 2019. After that time, pricing will be $25 per month or $250 per year, per store location for brick-and-mortar retailers. ComicSuite users will qualify for reduced pricing of $20 per month or $200 per year, per location.

For comic shop customers and other consumers, PULLBOX will be free to use from the PREVIEWSworld.com website.

“We want every comics fan to use PULLBOX, so they can easily track the items they want to purchase and place orders with their local comic shop,” said Powell. “You will be able to easily connect to the local comic shop of your choice and transmit your orders and requests to them.”

A demonstration video was shown at the Diamond Retailer Summit to display some of the service’s features and functionality, which includes:

Manage Preorders. Add titles to your monthly pull-and-hold list, order additional titles and products from that month’s PREVIEWS preorder catalog.

Sync with Your Participating Local Comic Shop. Powered by comicshoplocator.com, customers can choose a local participating comic shop and sync with them to send their monthly preorders, special orders, and more.

Place Special Orders or Keep a Wishlist. Forgot to order a title or saw something new coming in to comic shops that you want to purchase? Customers can use PULLBOX to place a special order with their comic book shop to purchase. They can also keep a Wishlist of other items and then send it to their retailer to see if they have any items in their store.

Enhanced Search and Ordering. Customers will be able to access a more advanced search at PREVIEWSworld.com that allows them to search the complete database of items offered by Diamond and place orders with their local comic shop.

Track Your Weekly Purchases. Customers will get additional tools to track which titles and products they ordered are releasing that week to stores, see future week’s orders, and more.

Retail Functions. Retailers will be get a full suite of functions available from the Diamond Retailer Services website: Back-end approval of new PULLBOX Customers, Alerts to new orders, Set ordering dates, and Upload your own ordering requirements and guidelines. Retailers can sync orders with their initial orders online, or export orders into ComicSuite or other POS software.

Comic-Suite Integration. Seamlessly integrate PULLBOX Pull List, Subscription and Special Orders directly into ComicSuite for approval and ordering, manage new pull-and hold customers, sync customer data and individual orders.

Additional details and enrollment information will be available to retailers in future Diamond Daily e-newsletters.”

Top Products For January 2018

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their top products for January of 2018!! Is your favorite book in the top ten list? Marvel tops the list with the most amount of “new titles shipped,” but DC tops the list with, in general, “units shipped,” and “dollars invoiced.” That sounds like more people are, at least, more optimistic about the new Marvel books, but in general, enjoy the DC titles? What do you guys think?

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher in dollars with a 34.30% retailer dollar share and a 36.69% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s top publisher in units shipped with a 38.94% unit share and a 33.80% retailer dollar share. Image Comics was third with a 9.48% dollar share and an 8.23% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.42% dollar share and a 3.51% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.50% dollar share and a 1.27% unit share.

DC Entertainment had six comics in January’s top ten. In addition to Doomsday Clock, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal #5 ranked #2; Tom King and Travis Moore’s “The Origin of Bruce Wayne” in Batman #38 ranked #3; Tom King and Joëlle Jones’ “Superfriends” chapter three in Batman #39 ranked #4; Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight #4 ranked #7; and Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick, and Cully Hamner’s Batman and the Signal #1 ranked #10. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #175 from Image Comics, the first chapter of “New World Order,” ranked #5. Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten: Al Ewing, Mark Waid, Jim Zub, and Pepe Larraz’s Avengers #675, the first chapter of the weekly “No Surrender” event, ranked #6; Mike Costa, Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, and Gerardo Sandoval’s Amazing Spider-Man & Venom: Venom Inc. Omega #1 ranked #8; and Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto’s Old Man Hawkeye #1 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing’s top book, Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny: Leia, ranked #135, and Dark Horse Comics’ Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #4 was their top book for January at #179.

The adventures of Korra from Nickelodeon’s acclaimed animated series The Legend of Korra continue in Dark Horse Comics’ The Legend of Korra Volume 2: Turf Wars Part 2 by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh, the best-selling graphic novel of January. Image Comics had five titles in the top ten: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked and the Divine Volume 6: Imperial Phase Part 2 ranked #2, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 5: Rise of the Robotsranked #4, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Kill or Be Killed Volume 3 ranked #5, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 8 ranked #6, and Vaughan and Staples’ Saga Volume 1 ranked #9. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten: Shea Fontana and Yancy Labat’s DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster at #3 and Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, John Timms, and Alex Sinclair’s Harley Quinn Volume 4: Surprise, Surprise at #10. Finally, Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Ed Brisson and Mike Deodato’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan Volume 6: Days of Anger at #7; and Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh’s Vision at #8.

The Black Panther Little Golden Book from Random House Books for Young Readers was January’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten from Random House Books for Young Readers were DC Super Hero Girls: Harley Quinn at Super Hero Highat #2 and DC Super Friends: The Flash Little Golden Book at #3. Capstone Press had five titles in the top ten, led by the Wonder Woman Is Respectful Picture Book at #4. Marvel Press’ Night Night, Groot Board Book ranked #5.

Bandai America’s Dragonball Super Dragon Stars Action Figures were the best-selling toy product of January and one of the Bandai’s three products among the month’s top ten. Mezco’s One:12 Collective: Marvel: X-Force Deadpool Action Figure, a Diamond exclusive, ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had two products among the top ten: the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure, based on Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, ranked #5, theMarvel Select: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Drax and Baby Groot Figure ranked #7, and the Marvel Select: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon Figure ranked #10. Funko’s POP! Dragonball Super: Gotenks Vinyl Figure, also a Diamond exclusive, ranked #6 for the month.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella Tarot Cards Set was January’s best-selling game product. Also of note, IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game ranked #7 for the month.



Juan Muro