How will the CoronaVirus affect the comic industry?

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  1. Issy543

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    We got some response from some companies, regarding the situation:

    Dark Horse Comics Suspends Digital Releases Until Diamond Reopens

    "We will not be releasing any comics digitally that are not also available in print," Dark Horse said in a statement. The publisher also said products shipping through its bookstore distributor, Penguin Random House, will be available digitally and will still continue to ship, with comic retailers being able to order through that avenue.

    ARCHIE Going Ahead with Some APRIL Titles Digitally & in Print, Others Postponed

    Archie Comics is forging ahead with its planned comic book releases for April 1, despite the industry's leading print distributor Diamond suspending delivery beginning that week. In a statement to retailers (and shared with Newsarama), Archie will release its April 1 titles digitally, and in print to its subscription customers and those retailers who ordered retailer-exclusive variants.

    Archie's April 1 titles are Sabrina: Something Wicket #1 and Cosmo the Mighty Martian #5.

    After that, all planned titles from April through July have been postponed indefinitely - with the exception of April 15's Vampironica: New Blood #4, which has already been printed and mailed out to subscribers and retailers who ordered exclusive covers. That issue is also planned to be available digitally on April 15.

    The publisher also plans to continue releasing its newstand-focused digests as announced, and digital versions of solicited collections will also be released digitally as schedule.
     
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    Batman #92, Empyre #0 Lead Scheduled Releases This Week on ComiXology

    DC Comics – Batman and More:
    • Batman #92
    • Batman: Creature of the Night
    • Batman: The Adventures Continue #1
    • Daphne Byrne #4
    • Doom Patrol: The Silver Age Vol. 2
    • The Dreaming #20
    • Event Leviathan
    • gen:Lock #14
    • Harley Quinn Vol. 4: The Final Trial
    • Harley Quinn #72
    • Justice League #44
    • Justice League Odyssey #20
    • Justice League of America: The Nail: The Complete Collection
    • Justice League: Origin Deluxe Edition
    • Lois Lane #10
    • Metal Men #6
    • Strange Adventures #2
    • Teen Titans Go! To Camp #6
    Marvel Comics – Empyre and More:
    • Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle
    • Ant-Man #4 (of 5)
    • Avengers Of The Wastelands #4 (of 5)
    • Black Cat #11
    • Black Panther And The Agents Of Wakanda #8
    • Black Widow #1
    • Conan: The Book Of Thoth And Other Stories
    • Daredevil #20
    • Deadpool #5
    • Doctor Doom #7
    • Dr. Strange #5
    • Empyre #0: Avengers
    • Empyre #0: Fantastic Four
    • Excalibur #10
    • Ghost Rider Vol. 1: The King Of Hell
    • Magnificent Ms. Marvel #14
    • Marauders #10
    • Mephisto: Speak Of The Devil
    • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #17
    • Ms. Marvel by Saladin Ahmed Vol. 2: Stormranger
    • Spider-Man Noir #2 (of 5)
    • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1
    • Strange Academy #2
    • Strikeforce #8
    • Sword Master #10
    • Taskmaster #1 (of 5)
    • X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Extended Edition
    Image Comics:
    Image Comics has no releases scheduled at this time. While Image hasn't released a statement recent enough to be considered relevant in the wake of moves by DC Comics and other publishers, as Bleeding Cool told you two weeks ago, the Image Comics staff was sent home around that time.

    Dark Horse Comics:
    • Jia and the Nian Monster
    • Last Stop on the Red Line
    • Mob Psycho 100
    • Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death
    Dynamite Entertainment:
    • Red Sonja: She-Devil With A Sword – Omnibus Vol. 5
    • Red Sonja: She-Devil With A Sword Omnibus Vol. 4
    Boom Studios:
    No digital releases from Boom Studios this week. Boom recently issued a statement explaining that Boom has halted both the printing and digital release of single-issue comics at this time, while intending to continue to publish Graphic Novels and collections.

    IDW Entertainment:
    • Camp Spirit
    • The Lab
    • Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle
    Viz:
    No digital releases from Viz this week. Bleeding Cool is currently seeking confirmation from Viz as to their current operational status.

    Archie Comics:
    • Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #73
    • Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #74
    • Betty & Veronica Double Digest #282
    • The New Archies Vol. 1
    • Sabrina: Something Wicked #1
    AfterShock:
    No digital releases from Aftershock this week. Bleeding Cool is currently seeking confirmation from Viz as to their current operational status.

    Action Lab:
    • Lucifer's Knight #1
    • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Season Two #22: Queen Was
    • Mr. Beaver Vol. 1
    • Zombie Tramp #69
    Oni Press:
    No digital releases from Oni this week. Bleeding Cool is currently seeking an update from Oni as to their current operational status.

    Black Mask:
    No digital releases from Black Mask this week. Bleeding Cool is currently seeking an update from Black Mask as to their current operational status.

    Titan Comics:
    No digital releases from Titan this week. Bleeding Cool is currently seeking an update from Titan as to their current operational status.

    Valiant Comics:
    There are no digital releases on the schedule from Valiant this month. Bleeding Cool recently reported that we'd learned that the publisher would shut down its operations for a month.

    Vault Comics:
    • Finger Guns #2
    • Sera & The Royal Stars #7
     
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    I wonder what DC & Marvel pulled...
     
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    So now, DC released only Trades, and Marvel’s not releasing anything.
     
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    Diamond has now officially stopped paying the publishers till this is over with. And they will access the situation then. (Which means if they don't think they can make money they won't reopen)
     
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    No, they're holding payments to vendors previously scheduled to release this week as they build out a plan for payment and they will have more information on that later in the week.

    DIAMOND Warns of Cash Flow Problems, Halts Payment to Vendors
     
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    Obviously that student that e-mailed me understood. But yeah not looking good for the industry.
     
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    It'll be a whole new world on the other side of all this. But comics as a medium isn't going anywhere in the long run.
     
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    Just a (maybe silly and uninformed) question?

    Why do Marvel and DC need Diamond to distribute?
    Why don't they just do it themselves?

    It seems so logical, no dependance on ONE distributor.
    They have the money, especially Marvel.

    Or polybag every comic from now on!
    "Corona free Comics"
     
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    Apparently Diamond has a monopoly on comic distribution. Guess it’s now biting them in the ass.
     
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    I suspect coming out of all of this parent companies like Disney will be changing that tune.
     
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    Manga companies making their manga free online to help those at home!

    Thanks to the coronavirus over 450 manga volumes are now free to read online

     
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    So the big plan is to have comic shops sell digital copy codes then later this year we can get a real copy. Won't some people just say forget it and just go digital only that way? Can't see this as the big fix for comic shops plus not all comic shops have a online site and won't this start a battle with the online comic sites that sell digital comics and comic shops?


    Today, The Comic Shops Direct Market Was Saved
     
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    It works like this, you effectively pre-order the physical comic, but till things get back up and running again. You can go onto comic hub and read the whole thing digitally.
     
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    I like how the title to the article was made in April 1st.
     
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    I think there's a huge possibility that ComicHub and the retailers involved here were too optimistic on the idea. It doesn't look good that so far, there's still no official press release or statement from ComicHub themselves, and that, until now, only 2 retailers on twitter are doing the explaining for them. There's also no confirmed involvement from parties like Marvel, DC, or Image the big publishers you need to get on board if you're doing this. Those issues are just the tip of the iceberg, and there's plenty more.
     
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    Marvel and their shenanigans is the whole REASON there is only one distributor.

    There used to be several. Diamond and Capital were the two biggest by far, but there were others. Some of it was regional, but shops could decide who they wanted to deal with. There was competition for shops' business, which obviously was great for comic shops. Then Marvel, during their crazy "We're going to tank the entire industry" phase which included taking the company public and promptly going bankrupt, decided they could further fuck things up for everyone by making an exclusive deal with and buying Heroes World Distribution (third ranked after Diamond and Capital), so they could distribute themselves just like you suggest. Meaning, comic shops could only carry Marvel comics if they dealt with Heroes World. This put the entire industry in a tailspin, as the remaining distributors lost most of their business and scrambled to try to make their own exclusive deals with other publishers like DC or whoever. When the dust settled, Capital faced bankruptcy and got bought up by Diamond, while smaller distributors just vanished. And since that day, we've had a monopoly who can dictate terms to shops, because there are no surviving options to deal with. Thanks, Marvel! You've done it again!

    And on a side note, if it wasn't clear, Marvel's plan didn't work anyway and even Heroes World Distribution is no more thanks to them.

    So no. Terrible idea. It's been tried and it made things drastically worse.
     
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