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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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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.

 

Breaking: DC Comics Will Start Publishing New Comics on April 28

Breaking: DC Comics Will Start Publishing New Comics on April 28

Even more news in the ever changing business of comic book publishing coming at you. Earlier today we reported that Diamond Comics Distributors is making plans to resume comic book distribution. DC Comics has just announced through Newsarama that they will publish new comic books before the end of the month. This distribution will be outside of its normal Diamond distribution channel.

Stay tuned for even more updates….

 

Press Release

DC ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO COMIC BOOK STORES ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28

New DC Comic Books to be Available at Open and Operating Comic Book Retailers

DC comic books are returning to comic shops beginning Tuesday, April 28. After a four-week break, fans can celebrate that new superhero stories will be arriving at operating retail stores.

After surveying more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada, it became clear that many comic book store owners are finding new and creative ways to get books to the fans who want them. To find stores that may have the new titles, visit the comic shop locator webpage:

www.dccomics.com/comicshoptracker

Check the page often, as it will be updated with new retailers.

The new slate of titles includes (also available for digital purchase at participating digital retailers):

Tuesday, April 28:

Batman #89 (3rd Printing)
Featuring the first appearance of Punchline!
Daphne Byrne #4
Daphne gains a new ally as she continues to wrestle with the malevolent forces within her!
The Dreaming #20
The unbelievable finale to Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s epic tale from the Sandman Universe!
Nightwing #70 (2nd Printing)
The Clown Prince of Crime comes to Ric Grayson and Bludhaven in this prelude to The Joker War!
Batman GIANT #4
Classic stories from the world of The Dark Knight, plus an all-new chapter of the original story “Concrete Jungle,” by Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Ryan Benjamin!

Tuesday, May 5:

Batman and the Outsiders #12
DC Super Stars #17 (Facsimile Edition)
The Flash #753
The Green Lantern Season Two #3
Hawkman #23

House of Whispers #20
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #4

Tuesday, May 12:

New Comic Books:
Harley Quinn #72
Justice League #44
Justice League Odyssey #20
Lois Lane #10
Metal Men #6

Source: DC To Start Publishing New Comics April 28

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”