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Something odd about Diamond’s August 2019 Offered Again solicitations

Diamond released the August 2019 solicitations and I provided what was new for the month. Normally I skip over the offered again or O/A books as these are previous releases publishers show in the catalogue to garner new interest and orders.

IDW has been offering up older AE format books on a regular basis, and this month was no exception. I saw the four titles and skipped over them. But something was nagging about the listings so I went back and looked them over.

Looking over that list, three of the four titles haven’t been available from Diamond for months; Samnee is still available from the initial offering. I know this because every month I check to see what’s available through Diamond and chart it; here’s the latest.

Diamond is IDW’s sole distributor for Artist’s Editions and Artifact Editions. Byrne, Starlin and Cho have been listed as “backordered”. I had Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine Artist’s Edition on backorder with my local comic shop for months and finally gave up and ordered it through eBay.

Review Link O/A Solicit IDW Store
John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact EditionLinkLink
Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact EditionLink Link
Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s EditionLink Link
Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine Artist’s EditionLink Link

Going further, I checked IDW’s site for supply. For some reason, while Diamond can’t get a book in the publisher keeps stock for their online store. Checking these titles shows all available except John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition. That books give the following message.

SORRY – THIS ITEM IS NOT AVAILABLE FROM THE IDW WEBSITE AT THIS TIME. PLEASE VISIT YOUR LOCAL RETAILER.

Normally when a book’s supply runs out there is a reprint done and solicited as such, like the recent Bernie Wrightson’s Artifact Edition New Printing. Nothing like that here. Perhaps IDW or Diamond have discovered a previously unknown cache of books.

By Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at Comic Book Daily and eBabble. Modest art collection at Comic Art Fans.