ericdanforth wrote:I emailed some of the places that either do not have an online store or do not list the MLP comic. Double Midnight got back to me and stated that they should begin selling it by Friday.
Lone Star and Dynamic Forces both show their variants (Dynamic Forces costs almost $20!) but you cannot preorder them as of yet.
Dynamic Forces seems to be accepting pre-orders for their exclusive now, and Double Midnight listed theirs this morning. As an aside, Dynamic Forces also seems to selling copies of #1 signed by Katie Cook, also for around $20 (on sale from $30).
As a non-US (Canada) fan, the issue of shipping on some of these retailer exclusives is also a potential issue for me. Not so much the cost, but the fact that not every online store offers North American-wide or International shipping.
But some can be flexible. Initially, it didn't look like Double Midnight offered shipping outside the US, but I e-mailed them last night and in the reply this morning that also let me know the comic pre-order was up, they mentioned that an international shipping option had been added for the exclusive.
Of those retailers who seem to have exclusive covers for issue #1, Hastings and possibly Wonderworld will prove the most troublesome to international collectors. Hastings doesn't ship outside the US, and Wonderworld doesn't even appear to have an online store (nor does the link to their eBay store work, though I've e-mailed them asking about this). All the other retailers do ship outside the US, so the only thing to decide is whether or not you think the cost is worth it (in most cases, stores charge much more for shipping to Canada than they do to the US, so I don't really mind it).
Thus far I've ordered the 6 regular cover box, subscription variant, and Midtown exclusive all from Midtown Comics (fortunately when the discounts were even greater). I've also got orders in for the Third Eye (via their eBay store, since the webstore is US-only), Double Midnight, and Dynamic Forces exclusive. Larry's and Jetpack do offer shipping to Canada, so I plan to order those when they appear on the websites (and I gather both will offer their joint exclusive cover).
But Hastings and Wonderworld.... I dunno. I don't imagine Hastings will be all that rare, and the cover price is the same as a regular cover. I expect the Hastings cover to appear on eBay shortly after the comic comes out, and not for much of a premium than retail. But I'm not sure about the Wonderworld issue yet... hopefully they sort out their eBay store issues by the time it comes out.