Top Shelf to print 75,000 copies of <i>Century</i>, Part 1

DC Comics' crowing about Watchmen figures aside, it's rare that comic-book publishers discuss print runs in terms beyond the vague "sellout." So it's a bit refreshing to read that Top Shelf Productions plans a 75,000-copy first printing of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, Part 1.

The first of three 80-page graphic novellas -- the third volume of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's series -- will debut in April, a month after the Watchmen adaptation bows in theaters.

"If even a fraction of the people that will have bought the Watchmen graphic novel by then seek out this new work from Moore," writes retailer website ICv2, "that print run won't last long."

The Top Shelf books are perfect-bound, and therefore likely will make their way into bookstores in their initial run. So I'm not sure you can draw a direct comparison between this first printing and sales of the debut issues of the first two volumes from DC/Wildstorm/ABC. But I'll point to the Comic Buyer's Guide estimates, anyway: LOEG Vol. 1 #1 (1999) -- 36,700; LOEG Vol. 2 #1 (2002) -- 54,600.

You may want to order your copies of Century, Part 1, now.

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