APRIL 13, MILWAUKIE, ORâ€“Dark Horse officially announces participation in the Diamond â€œFinal Order Cutoffâ€ program, or â€œFOCâ€ for short. Dark Horse first announced the intent to participate in this program at last fallâ€™s Diamond Retailers summit in Las Vegas, Navada to a roar of applause heard throughout the casino.
Dark Horse’s final FOC dates will be tied to the calendar day twenty days before the Diamond on-sale date for comics, and approximately three months for graphic novels. Dark Horse will begin including FOC dates for some of our line as early as the May 2009 edition of Diamondâ€™s Previews catalog.
“We are pleased to announce this move to the FOC,â€ Dark Horse President, Mike Richardson stated. â€œAs every comics retailer knows, times are tough. It is important that Dark Horse not only support them with great product, but with our best efforts to make their ordering decisions as easy as possible. This system will help every retailer who orders Dark Horse product and should lead to better business for all of us.”
Dark Horse hopes that participation in the program will help to further instill confidence in the publisherâ€™s consistently strong lineup of releases and continued commitment to the direct sales market in an ever-changing economy.
Dark Horseâ€™s FOC program will begin on Monday, April 20.