Robotech may just have legs.
Titan Comics announced today that the first issue of their new Robotech ongoing series has sold out at the distributor level. The issue is headed back to print and will receive a new variant cover.
The success of Robotech adds a new feather to Titan’s cap, as the publisher will likely claim a new spot on monthly sales charts. Full numbers for distributor-level sales on Robotech won’t be available until mid-August. Recent launches from Titan have typically placed in the top 300, though on the low end. June’s launch of the Tekken licensed comic clocked in at a solid 237 on Diamond’s Top 300, with just under nine thousand issues sold. Assuming a similar initial print run, Robotech should enjoy roughly the same level of success.
Interestingly, despite releasing more books per month than competitors such as Dark Horse, Titan still only claims under 1% of the overall market most months. Books such as Robotech should help them bring that number up. Titan is one of the largest publishers of licensed comic book adaptations. Their portfolio includes such mainstays as Doctor Who, which is typically their highest-selling title.
The second printing of the first issue is due out on August 23rd, which will see it take its place on comic shop shelves just after the release of the second issue.
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TITAN’S ROBOTECH #1 SELLS OUT, GOES TO SECOND PRINTING!
(July 14, 2017) Titan Comics is pleased to announce that Robotech #1 Cover A by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau has sold out at distributor level and is now going to a second print. This new printing of Issue #1 features a variation on the original cover by Artgerm with Lynn Minmei winking, and hits stores on Wednesday August 23 with issue #2.
On July 26, the story continues as Titan bring Carl Macek’s original vision full circle. Taking into account every iteration of the series, this new Robotech #1 casts a fresh eye over classic characters like Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Minmei, Roy Fokker, Claudia Grant, and Henry Gloval.
Titan’s all-new Robotech series returns to Macross Island, where it all began! Brian Wood, Marco Turini and Marco Lesko have crafted a thrilling new tale that’s perfectly accessible to new fans, as well as providing a deeper layer of twists forold-school protoculture addicts!
“We’re so excited by the overwhelming response to Artgerm’s Robotech cover – and to the series in general,” said Chris Thompson, Brand manager at Titan Comics. “As an old-school fan of the show, nothing makes me happier than to have a healthy new Robotech series that continues the saga. If you missed out or didn’t order enough copies then this second print will land alongside issue 2, so everyone can get on board. Protoculture addicts unite!”
First airing in the USA in 1985, Robotech was the gateway to anime for many fans – capturing their imagination with its epic generational storyline involving war, romance, and, of course, the transforming Veritech fighters that defend the Earth against extra-terrestrial attacks.
Produced by Harmony Gold USA, the original 85-episode series delved into humanity’s struggle against a series of alien invasions, from the gigantic Zentraedi to the mysterious Invid, battling for control of advanced alien technology that crash-landed on Earth.
Robotech #1 second printing hits stores on August 23. Retailers can order this Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau cover by using order code MAY179024. Don’t miss out – get your orders in by July 31.