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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 pm

Several different sources have reported this. Here's an article from forbes.com's site:
Final Crisis? Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipments Of New Comics In Response To COVID-19 Shutdowns
Mar 24, 2020, 01:29pm EDT
Rob Salkowitz - Senior Contributor

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly being referred to as an “extinction-level event” for certain kinds of businesses and industries, and nowhere is that closer to the truth than the fragile network of small businesses that sells comics at retail. In addition to all the other issues and uncertainties facing small retailers everywhere, this direct market, thought to comprise roughly 2000 shops in North America and hundreds more worldwide, relies on a single distributor, Baltimore-based Diamond Comic Distributors, to coordinate weekly shipments of new product from dozens of publishers.

On Monday, March 23, Diamond announced it would suspend shipments of new products “until further notice,” in response to a myriad of economic, regulatory and public health concerns related to the COVID-19 situation. In other words, retailers will have no supply of new product, and publishers will have very limited channels to bring their periodicals to market, formalizing what already looks to be an existential crisis for an industry that generated roughly $1.1 billion in sales in 2019 and serves as a primary IP foundry for today’s movie, television, video game and licensing industries.

Economic circumstances really forced Diamond’s hand. With increasing numbers of retailers subject to closure by government shut-down orders, uncertainties throughout the supply chain, shipments on the way to stores that couldn’t receive them, and concerns about the welfare of the company’s own warehouse workers, Diamond realistically had few options.
You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2020/03/24/final-crisis-diamond-comic-distributors-halts-shipments-of-new-comics-in-response-to-covid-19-shutdowns/#5760c5f42c71
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Post by Mbast1 on Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:14 pm

MajorHoy wrote:Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipments Of New Comics In Response To COVID-19 Shutdowns

I saw that, and today saw stories about digital distribution being halted. I would guess it's an effort not to drive people from the shops.
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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:42 am

Mbast1 wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipments Of New Comics In Response To COVID-19 Shutdowns
I saw that, and today saw stories about digital distribution being halted. I would guess it's an effort not to drive people from the shops.
I haven't seen anything about overall digital distribution also being suspended yet.

Newsarama has an article about Dark Horse Comics not releasing any new monthly comic books in digital format until the print versions can once again be made available through stores: https://www.newsarama.com/49605-dark-horse-vows-not-to-release-comics-digitally-until-print-distribution-resumes.html

And according to this article from the Cosmic Book News (https://cosmicbook.news/comic-book-market-collapses-pencils-down), while some independent publishers may be planning to put a halt to work in progress at present, it didn't seem like either DC or Marvel were doing that (yet).
cosmicbook.news wrote:As of now, it seems "pencils down" is only affecting the indie comic book market, as reportedly, both DC Comics and Marvel have told their creators it's business as usual and to keep working on new comic books, which may mean DC and Marvel will release them digitally as presently there really is no way to distribute comic books physically, plus most of the shops are closed.
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Post by Mbast1 on Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:58 pm

MajorHoy wrote:I haven't seen anything about overall digital distribution also being suspended yet.

I think, after reading more, that you're absolutely right. Seems like some independent companies are also dropping digital distribution but that Marvel and DC are not.
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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:31 am

Mbast1 wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:I haven't seen anything about overall digital distribution also being suspended yet.
I think, after reading more, that you're absolutely right. Seems like some independent companies are also dropping digital distribution but that Marvel and DC are not.
There was this posted on Newsarama yesterday:
DC's Weekly Comics to Continue Digitally During DIAMOND Stoppage
By Chris Arrant, Editor
March 29, 2020 12:40pm ET

DC plans to continue digital distribution of its weekly comic books despite the stoppage of its print comic books' release due to the Diamond Comic Distributor's shutdown, according to the publisher's Director of Marketing Services Adam Phillips. In DC's private Facebook page for Direct Market comics book retailers, Phillips confirmed the decision - and explained their reasoning.
"Here's where we are on digital. All our data shows the digital consumer and the physical consumer are two different audiences. For now, we're going to continue to release digital comics, but will revisit this if the pipeline for physical distribution continues to be challenged and disrupted," Phillips posted.
You can read the rest here: https://www.newsarama.com/49628-dc-s-weekly-comics-to-continue-digitally-during-diamond-stoppage.html
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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:11 pm

DC have at least said that when they are able to ship physical copies again, everything solicited from March to July will be returnable. Marvel seem totally uninterested in the plight of retailers.
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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:08 pm

tony ingram wrote:DC have at least said that when they are able to ship physical copies again, everything solicited from March to July will be returnable. Marvel seem totally uninterested in the plight of retailers.
I guess we'll have to wait and see if/what Marvel may eventually offer to do once everything works its way through the bloated Disney© bureaucracy.
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Post by Mbast1 on Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:36 pm

tony ingram wrote:Marvel seem totally uninterested in the plight of retailers.

Over the years I've noticed that happen often. That the big publishers don't seem to care about the retailers as much as other venues. I used to see books sometimes released to bookstores before comic shops, and other exclusives to non comic stores. It's weird.
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Post by MajorHoy on Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:20 am

Mbast1 wrote: . . . I used to see books sometimes released to bookstores before comic shops, and other exclusives to non comic stores. It's weird.
It's publishers like DC and Marvel trying to find other profitable venues for sales beyond just comic book stores, which are not exactly a growing concern these days. That's why DC tried those exclusive comic books through Walmart here in the U.S. General newsstand sales weren't really succeeding here (especially when you have unsold product that's returnable), so they want to find workable sources in addition to just the comic book stores.
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Post by MajorHoy on Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:25 pm

I do wonder if any publishers will be releasing their July solicitations this month or not.

After all, they're going to have to deal with eventually rescheduling the late-March through June books that had previously been solicited, and that would probably cover July under a best-case-scenario. (And we don't even know yet when Diamond might be resuming distribution of previously ordered titles.)
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Post by MajorHoy on Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:40 pm

The following was posted on the Bleeding Cool website:
Bleeding Cool wrote:Confirmed: Diamond Comics Makes Plan to Return to Distribution in May
Posted on April 17, 2020 |  by Rich Johnston

The following letter was sent by Diamond Comic Distributors to retailers and publishers today. It lays out plans for Diamond Comics to return to distribution of new comic books to comic book stores, where shops are open to take in new stock. Bleeding Cool previously reported that Diamond were allowing deliveries to retailers' home addresses if their business addresses are closed up. Previously Bleeding Cool scooped the news of May 17th as a date that Diamond Comics was planning to restart distribution again. The following letter confirms this, stating mid-to-late May as the current intended date. But this will take some ramping up first, and everything currently planned for publication will need a reshuffle.
To read the letter from Diamond, see: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/diamond-comics-plan-return-distribution-may/
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Post by Barry_Allen on Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:51 am

So, from what we read now, the "new" Dc Comics distributors for USA, Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors, virtually unknown entities until now, owned by small comic book seller chain Midnight Comics in NY and DCBS mail order service (can you say "conflict of interests"? Very Happy ) have started distributing new (but maybe not so interesting) DC comics, like the Dreaming # 20, a 3rd printing of a very recent Batman, Daphne Byrne # 4 (Who?!?) , a new Walmart Giant and so on, printed as of now, while Diamond plans to restart distribution of other Dc comics, like Batman # 92 which have been stored in its warehouses for weeks, along with Marvel, Image and other companies new comics starting next 20 May. Cool

Me, I haven't been to my local comic shop for about two months; also here in Italy all publishers have stopped distributing in comic shops since then and you guys, have you been able to reach your LCS last days to check these "new" Dc comics' output? Wink
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Post by MajorHoy on Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:11 pm

Barry_Allen wrote: . . . Me, I haven't been to my local comic shop for about two months; also here in Italy all publishers have stopped distributing in comic shops since then and you guys, have you been able to reach your LCS last days to check these "new" Dc comics' output? Wink
The comic book shop I go to isn't all that "local", and my state (Connecticut) here in the U.S. hasn't really started lifting the orders that required "non-essential" businesses to stay closed yet.
I haven't contacted the store to see if they have any alternatives in place (like curbside pickup of orders placed on line or by phone), but they could have something like that for all I know. The last messages I see posted on the Facebook page were from back in late March, when Diamond announced they weren't going to be shipping new comic books for the foreseeable future.
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Post by MajorHoy on Tue May 05, 2020 4:00 pm

FYI, here's some information that was posted on ComicList regarding return dates for some publishing of new comic books again here in the U.S. market:
DC Comics continues to get comics to retailers through Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors. Alterna Comics and Scout Comics have announced they will get their products to retailers directly. Other publishers appear to be waiting until Diamond Distribution starts shipping again. Diamond plans on making May 20 their next new comics Wednesday. Marvel Comics has announced they will have new comics available again starting May 27.
http://www.comiclist.com/index.php/lists/comiclist-new-comic-book-releases-list-for-05-05-2020
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Post by Barry_Allen on Wed May 06, 2020 4:18 pm

Thanks for the info MajorHoy  Wink and while Alterna Comics is a very little publisher, Scout Comics (formerly Ardden Entertainment which published Flash Gordon, Casper (!) and a failed revamp of Martin Goodman's Atlas Comics) actually publishes some very interesting comics with new titles every month but I remember that in the past all publishers that tried to sell directly to stores failed, somebody remember Bob Layton and David Michelinie's Future Comics? Rolling Eyes Of course things could be different now since "boutique" publishers lile TKO Studios appears to be doing fairly well now, judging from their output...
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Post by Barry_Allen on Fri May 08, 2020 4:23 pm

According to Newsarama, several publishers would have inquired with the new Direct Market distributor Lunar Distribution about distributing their books to comic shops.
The photo included in the article here linked correctly identifies Christina and Cameron Merkler from DCBService, the mail order service which originated Lunar Distribution last month. The pair has told Newsarama that they have had "several inquiries" from "a few smaller publishers," but have confirmed that Direct Market leader Marvel  Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipments of New Comic Books  21190 is not among those interested parties at this time.

"We have had several inquiries and we plan to follow up with them in the next week or so," Merkler tells Newsarama. "We are still adding to our infrastructure and processes and do not want to take on more until those are complete and we have our systems running smoothly."

UBS and Lunar's first week of distribution began last 28 April, with some lesser known DC titles and various reprints on-sale with participating retailers.
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Post by Barry_Allen on Wed May 27, 2020 9:19 am

Finally it's Wednesday again and so there are new comics coming, among which we have Avengers # 33 (Vs. Moon Knight, pictured below) and Wonder Woman # 755, just see the complete list here! Diamond Comic Distributors Halts Shipments of New Comic Books  Avenge10
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Post by MajorHoy on Wed May 27, 2020 3:20 pm

Barry_Allen wrote: . . . and Wonder Woman # 755 . . .
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Steve Orlando still writing Wonder Woman?
Why?

I'm sorry, but his Rebirth run on Supergirl truly turned me off, and there's not much of what he's written that I really liked.

The one thing from DC that I might be interested in is the one-shot Generation One: Age of Mysteries, but who knows what DC will be doing with that whole event in the post-DiDio continuity of things.

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Post by MajorHoy on Thu May 28, 2020 3:30 pm

By the way, now that new comic books are back to being released here in the U.S., are any of them showing up in Europe yet?
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Post by Barry_Allen on Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:15 am

Well, so far my supplier of all things from Diamond Uk has told us customers that some items due to come late March had finally arrived in May, for example they are:

- BATGIRL #45 TERRY & RACHEL DODSON Variant Cover  
- CIMMERIAN QUEEN OF BLACK COAST #2 CVR C ED BENES
- DOOMSDAY CLOCK HC VOL 01 Hope Volume 2 with the free slipcase will resurface too soon.... Rolling Eyes
- FROM BEYOND THE UNKNOWN GIANT #1
- HEATHEN #10
- SPIRIT 80TH ANNIV CELEBRATION TP VOL 01
- TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #121 20TH ANNIVERSARY
- TRUE BELIEVERS Reprints, like EMPYRE VISION #1

I'll let you know as soon I'll have some news about the other items distributed by Diamond Uk from 20 May-on Cool


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Post by Barry_Allen on Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:37 am

Btw the SPIRIT 80TH ANNIV CELEBRATION TP VOL 01 is a great book, with fantastic colous by Laura Martin! Cool

Also coming, should be right now...:
- BATMAN GIANT #4
- CIMMERIAN RED NAILS #1 Cover Cassegrain wraparound
- DC CLASSICS: THE BATMAN ADVENTURES #1
- Image Comics' FAITHLESS II #1 Connecting Cover
- OUR FIGHTING FORCES GIANT #1
- RISE AND FALL OF TRIGAN EMPIRE TP VOL 01 hopefully with this new reprint, this time I'll be able to complete this great series...  Very Happy
- 377/0530 SWAMP THING (last?) GIANT (to be published?) #4 Question


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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:25 pm

My local comic shop started getting deliveries again last week. Though Marvel are apparently shipping only intermittently.
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