Both cover verions of Ghostbusters issues 3 arrived at my local comic shop this week, but the trip from creation to shelves hasn’t been
perfectly smooth, with some stores still missing the third installment. But fear not, it will be available everywhere on
December 1st. Sebastien Clavet, head honcho at 88mph Studios, sent out an email today to clarify;
“Q. Where is GB 3 of 4? I can’t find it anywhere!
The first shipment of GB 3 of 4 was released in North America on November 10th. If your comic book store did not receive their copies then, they will on December 1st.
Here is the explanation and its technicalities.
First you must know that our distributor, Diamond Comics Distribution, sends a PO (purchase order) to all publishers who solicit their comics in the Previews catalog. The PO is required to know how many copies will be printed, without it a publisher can not proceed with printing his comics.
Due to unforeseen delays, GB 3 of 4’s original PO was canceled, the issue was later re-offered for pre-order using two seperate re-solicitation methods.
The first re-solicitation was made through a system only available to retailers, this was done to insure that a new PO could be created quickly.
The second re-solicitation was made through the Previews catalog a few weeks after the first one. The gap between the two seperate re-solicitation was inevetable as the Previews catalog PO is created weeks after the first PO, the one created from the retailers pre-orders.
This created two different PO’s, hence two different shipments. The first shipment hit the shelves on November 10th, and the second shipment will be available on December 1st.
The two seperate re-solicitation were necessary to insure that GB 3 of 4 be first available on November 10th, and the rest of the orders on December 1st. Combining both PO’s was not possible due to the fact that we recieve them several weeks apart and this would have delayed the release of the entire shipment to December 1st.
We apologize for such confusion, many were under the impression that we had not printed enough copies, that is not the case. We always make sure that we print just a little bit more than the actual pre-orders to insure everyone gets a copy.
The decision to proceed this way was made to have some copies available to the public as soon as possible.
We also want to note that Diamond was not at fault as they distributed all copies available on the first shipment. Diamond was particularly helpful in this matter and made possible for this issue to be printed in time for the holidays, therefore we wish to thank them for their support.
The second shipment of GB 3 of 4 (not to be confused with a second printing) will be on stand December 1st.
We hope you all enjoy this issue!”