Category: Press Releases

Press Release: Boom! Studios Extends Comic Book Returnability for Retailers

Press Release: Boom! Studios Extends Comic Book Returnability for Retailers

BOOM! Studios has been extremely active in its efforts to support Local Comic Shops who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, they announced that they are extending and enhancing their Retailer Support Services Program. As the retail direct market for comic books continues to struggle with limitations resulting from lack of product and shutdowns, the efforts that BOOM! is making are clearly intended to help that marketplace.

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 20, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced historic new benefits to their BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM, the industry-leading initiative to aid comic book shops worldwide affected by the current health crisis, that will take effect beginning September 2.

The BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM will initially deliver the following benefits to qualifying accounts pending details being finalized with Diamond Comic Distributors:

Full Returnability Through December: BOOM! Studios will extend the industry’s best returnability program, the BOOM! Guarantee, in an unprecedented manner by making all items that ship between September 2, 2020 through December 30, 2020 fully returnable via affidavit in order to allow retailers to order with confidence. Any retailer not already enrolled in the BOOM! Guarantee can sign up for free right here.

  • Full Returnability Through December: BOOM! Studios will extend the industry’s best returnability program, the BOOM! Guarantee, in an unprecedented manner by making all items that ship between September 2, 2020 through December 30, 2020 fully returnable via affidavit in order to allow retailers to order with confidence. Any retailer not already enrolled in the BOOM! Guarantee can sign up for free right here.
  • More Monthly “Thank You” Variant Covers: BOOM! Studios will now provide at least two new, previously unannounced “Thank You” variants every month through December 30, 2020 free to qualifying Diamond accounts. These variants will appear on two different series each month and will ship one-per-store. Diamond accounts must be eligible to receive free promotional material in order to receive these variants. This move now doubles the commitment BOOM! Studios previously announced.
  • BOOM! First Look PDFs: BOOM! Studios will provide downloadable PDF previews of all major launches before FOC that retailers can share with customers via e-mail, social media and more to ensure fans are informed and excited to place their pre-orders for the best new series of 2020.

Boom Studios’ BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM, announced in March 2020, is the industry’s first comprehensive set of initiatives to bring comic shops an unrivaled slate of discounts, returnability, and sales tools including extensions and expansions of previously announced benefits, as part of their commitment to ensuring comic shops remaining a thriving part of every community.

“Comic shops are the lifeblood of the industry and this artform, so this is the next step in offering even more support to our retail partners during this time,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “These new benefits in the BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM allow retailers to grow sales on their best-selling series – like Something is Killing The Children, Once & Future, and Seven Secrets – while also ordering without risk on their next guaranteed hits, including We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, BRZRKR, Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers and Dune: House Atreides, with even more tools to engage their customers.”

Diamond Comic Distributors and BOOM! Studios will be sharing more information directly with retailers as soon as it is finalized to clearly outline how to receive these new benefits from the BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM.

For continuing news on the BOOM! RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Press Release: Publisher Chris Ryall Leaving IDW To Start New Publishing and Entertainment Venture

Press Release: Publisher Chris Ryall Leaving IDW To Start New Publishing and Entertainment Venture

IDW Publishing is making some big changes. Chris Ryall is out as the head of the comics side of things. We have heard rumors of rumblings at IDW, and this is a big shakeup. Sources say that this change has been in the works for some time, but the timing of the release of this information is certainly curious.

Here is the complete Press Release from IDW:

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 21, 2020) –IDW Publishing, a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc., and Chris Ryall today jointly announced that Ryall is stepping down as President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer to pursue new business opportunities.

“Change is often hard, and I will miss this extended family I have worked with for more than 15 years,” said Ryall. “In the past year alone, we brought on some amazing hires, expanded the scope of many of the departments, and re-focused the foundation of the business to best support the integrated multi-media company that IDW has become. Our collective success with the entertainment team on Locke & Key has been a crowning moment for the entire company.  I’m so proud of this special place and the incredible people who work here. I know that I leave IDW perfectly poised for continued success.”

In partnership with Ashley Wood and many of the talented creators he has worked with at IDW, Ryall is launching a new storytelling venture focused on the disparate worlds and characters that he brought to life at IDW Publishing.

Although he is stepping aside from his current roles at IDW, he will continue as an Executive Producer on the Netflix series, “Locke & Key,” and remain the sole editor on any Locke & Key publishing ventures going forward.

“After the wonderful experience this past year serving as an Executive Producer on ‘Locke & Key’ and working with the amazingly creative team that brought the show to life, I look forward to bringing exciting new stories into the world through many different storytelling forms,” Ryall added. “I’m thrilled to be back working alongside Ashley Wood, as well as other creators to come, in developing interesting projects for our World of Syzygy venture.”

During Ryall’s tenure as President and Publisher, IDW Publishing signed a multi-year publishing initiative with the Smithsonian Institution, launched a major program to produce Spanish-language graphic novels for the North American market, transitioned its foreign book distribution business to Penguin Random House and led IDW Publishing to 15 prestigious Eisner Award nominations in 2020, the most of any publisher.

Ryall was one of the rare executives who not only produced comic books in his various capacities with the company, but also authored assorted projects, such as Zombies vs Robots, with artist Ashley Wood, in development at Sony Pictures. Perhaps the biggest mark he left on IDW was that of Chief Creative Officer, partnering across divisions to ensure that creators and stories were well cared for as they transitioned to entertainment.

Howard Jonas, IDW’s Chairman, said, “Chris has been instrumental in IDW Publishing’s success, and we thank him for the passion and commitment he brought to the company. We wish him all the best in his new ventures. With Chris’s departure, IDW will be restructuring and expanding its operations, and we will name a new management team very soon.”

Press Release: Free Comic Book Day 2020 to Take Place July 15 through September 9

Press Release: Free Comic Book Day 2020 to Take Place July 15 through September 9

Diamond Comics Distributors has released new information regarding how the annual Free Comic Book Day will be handled. This proves once again that 2020 is not like any other year. There are some interesting developments in the extended summer of Free Comic Book Day and plenty of intriguing books listed after the announcement.

Press Release:

Every Day Can Be Free Comic Book Day During July and August!

(Baltimore, MD) — (June 18, 2020) – Free Comic Book Day, the comic book industry’s largest annual promotional event, is traditionally scheduled to take place the first Saturday in May each year. However, the impact and spread of COVID-19 prevented the event from being celebrated at its normal time this year. Now, the beloved event has been rescheduled and reworked to take place throughout July and early September in order to accommodate social-distancing and store capacity regulations across the country, effectively making it Free Comic Book Summer!

Scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 9, retailers will receive five to six Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window. Release of these titles may vary from shop to shop, as retailers are encouraged to release the books as they see fit for their unique circumstances. Retailers may release one free title a day, make all of that week’s free titles available at once, or any other plan that works for them. Free Comic Book Summer is designed to be flexible and customizable so retailers and consumers can get the most out the event.

“Every year, Free Comic Book Day is our big event to thank current comics fans, welcome back former fans and invite those new to comics to join the fun,” said Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. “In this very different year, Free Comic Book Day is more like Free Comic Book Summer… and there’s so much fun to discover in this year’s FCBD comics! So many cool stories are available for this stretched-out Free Comic Book Day 2020. I’m confident long-time fans and newcomers alike are going to find a story that’ll make them want to visit their local comic shop every week! Fans, bring your friends and family and head to your local comic shop every week starting July 15 through September 9 to check out the new, and fantastic, free comics available that week!”

Free Comic Book Summer will feature 45 of the previously announced titles from publishers like Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, DC, and more! The 45 titles are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes and run the gamut from superhero stories, to TV and movie tie-ins, to sci-fi adventures, all-ages tales, and beyond. There will also be two educational support titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing.

A complete listing of all 45 FCBD titles, including the 10 Gold Sponsor and 35 Silver Sponsor comic books, can be viewed online at www.freecomicbookday.com. A release schedule of when titles will be hitting comic shops is available below.

For more FCBD news and updates, visit www.freecomicbookday.com and become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 15

  • BOOM! Studios | POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER
  • IDW Publishing | MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC
  • Marvel Comics | X-MEN
  • Chapterhouse Publishing | CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE
  • Papercutz | ASTERIX
  • Yen Press| THE WEIRN BOOKS

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Comicsnomics?

Our pal Greg Goldstein writes:

“Happy to announce the launch of a new educational program primarily intended for current (or burgeoning) independent comic book creators. It’s called Comicsnomics and, as the name implies, its aim is to dive into the nuts and bolts of comic book economics – a dynamic subject that has definitely been impacted (perhaps even turned upside down) by the pandemic.

“The first zoom cast, sponsored by the Hero Initiative, is coming Monday June 15 at 7pm EDT. It’s completely FREE, but donations to Hero are STRONGLY encouraged. Also, space is limited, and registration is required. (If for any reason, you are closed out, Hero will add your name to its mailing list for future seminars.)”

Details: https://www.heroinitiative.org/comicsnomics/

We will note that, while Comicsnomics sounds very interesting, any and all support for the Hero Initiative is a swell idea… at any time, at any spot in the time-space continuum on every parallel dimension.

DC Comics Ends Agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors

DC Comics Ends Agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors

DC Comics is severing ties with Diamond Comic Distributors, the dominant US comic distributor for the past two and half decades. The publisher has told customers that orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases, and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.

DC sent an email to retailers on Friday morning that stated.

“We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC’s overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”

“In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”

This is a developing story and we will continue bring more news on how this changes comic publishing and distribution as it is released.

Source: DC Cuts Ties with Diamond Comic Distributors | Hollywood Reporter

Press Release: Boom Studios Reaffirms Committment to Comic Shops with New Day One Program

Press Release: Boom Studios Reaffirms Committment to Comic Shops with New Day One Program

Boom! Studios has been out front throughout the disruption to weekly comic book shipping firmly in support of Local Comic Shops.  Today, they announced their plans to help with the restart of the physical comic book economic machine.

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement from Diamond Comic Distributors that shipping new comics will resume in a few weeks, publishers are beginning to reveal their plans for moving forward. As you can see below Boom! Studio’s plan involves various degrees of returnability, incentive variants, discounts, and enhanced communication.

Boom! has taken massive steps forward in the past year or so in terms of enhancing the comics that they are producing. This program will go a long way toward solidifying the positive reputation of the company in the minds of the retailers, who are the ones who take the financial risk in ordering comics to put on their shelves.


Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 29, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced the new DAY ONE RETAILER SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM, an industry-first plan to immediately support comic shops and their communities worldwide.  Every comic shop will have their own “Day One” – the date they reopen their doors to their communities and engage with new customers. BOOM! Studios has committed to arm their retail partners with clear advance information in support of every comic book store having a successful Day One. In that spirit, the groundbreaking program from BOOM! Studios was announced alongside the award-winning publisher’s new single issue comics release schedule beginning May 20th (a full release schedule through the end of June can be found here).

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Breaking: Diamond Comic Distributors Sets May 20 Target to Ship New Comics

Breaking: Diamond Comic Distributors Sets May 20 Target to Ship New Comics

We have received word that Diamond Comic Distributors will restart their new comic delivery process for new sales on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. That is three weeks from tomorrow.

A letter has been sent to retailers announcing the news, and Diamond CEO Steve Geppi will be going live on YouTube later today (5:30 EDT) to give an update and answer questions.

The slate of books has not been confirmed, but early reports do indicate that DC Comics books will be part of the first shipment. A final list of books is expected to be provided by Friday of this week.

The state of comic shops ability to be open for business in three weeks is still very much in doubt in some areas of the country. Some states are beginning to lifts non-essential business closures, but many still remain in place with no timelines of lifting them announced. How this affects them we will need to continue to monitor.

 

Some Positive News for Comic Shops

Some Positive News for Comic Shops

Today, Diamond Comic Distributors sent a message to their retail customers outlining their plans to restart distribution of weekly comic books. They are “targeting mid- to late-May with the hope that, as an industry, we can all work toward that timeframe.”

While this plan is extremely loose with very few details, it is encouraging news to start to see the light at the end of tunnel for a segment of the economy that has been devastated by the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Some Positive News for Comic Shops”

Press Release: Diamond Comics Distributors Stops New Comics Shipments Beginning April 1

Press Release

 

CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION

As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.

EFFECTS ON DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers. It’s unlikely that orders will be filled on the same day they are placed, and these plans are subject to change if at any point we no longer feel that we can safeguard our teams while fulfilling orders.

Product distributed by Diamond UK and slated for an on-sale date of March 25th or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Further updates with regard to reorders and other Diamond UK-specific information will be communicated directly to their customers as information becomes available.

EFFECTS ON ALLIANCE GAME DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Alliance has been shipping from our Fort Wayne, IN and Austin, TX warehouses. Both are closing at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 24th, in the interest of employee safety and to comply with direction from local governments. Any orders not shipped by that time will not be processed until further notice. Your dedicated sales team will still be working remotely and will help you with any orders you’d like to place today or questions you may have.

OUR SHARED PATH FORWARD

With these changes in our distribution strategy, we will work with our publishing partners to develop programs that will address product already in the pipeline and what will happen when we resume distribution. We know that during this time you will face many challenges, and we will direct our energies toward addressing them, rather than fighting on increasingly numerous fronts to get product out.

For those retailers who remain open in various forms, I encourage you let loose your own creativity. For the time being, you will be able to replenish your perennials from Diamond and/or Alliance, but you should also remember the stock you already have in your stores. If your doors remain open, it’s likely you will have customers who will continue to seek diversion from events of the world. Special sales, promotions, and even eBay can help you bring in cash during this trying time. Product for which you’ve already paid may well hold some of your answers. There have been many solid suggestions offered about how to help our retailers, and we will bring many of them together in future communications.

Besides the industry’s most immediate needs, we have been and will continue looking toward the future, when we see stores reopening, bringing staff back onboard, and getting customers in the door. We are looking at issues like debt accrued due to this crisis, what reduced ordering means for your discount tiers, and the availability of credit to help stores through and after this difficult time. We don’t have all those answers today, but we understand the many issues you are facing and look forward to addressing them as partners who all have an interest in the long-term health of the industry we love so much.

As I mentioned in my last update, this industry has been one of the greatest joys of my life, from my days as a collector to a retailer to today. I and my Leadership Team have made these decisions knowing full-well the effect they will have on all of you, as well as our publishing partners and our own team members around the world. At the end of the day, the safety and security of our teams and yours, along with the many customers we all serve, is paramount. I again thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Thank You,

Steve Geppi
Chairman & CEO, Geppi Family Enterprises

AWA Has Released A Launch Video Ahead of Their March Debut

AWA Has Released A Launch Video Ahead of Their March Debut

Artists Writers & Artisans (AWA) is a new comic book and digital media publisher. We have been keeping tabs on this since the venture was announced last year. It is owned and operated by creators and founded by Marvel alumni Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso, along with Jon Miller, the former CEO of News Corp.

“AWA has some of the biggest names in comics and film, such as J. Michael Straczynski, Reginald Hudlin, Garth Ennis, and Frank Cho working to craft new worlds, characters, and stories for a 21st Century audience.”

This is an ambitious new comic company, and we will be covering the new books that they have coming out in the next couple of months.

In March, their first set of books include: Continue reading “AWA Has Released A Launch Video Ahead of Their March Debut”