Comic book publisher Boom Studios has issued the following to comic book retailers, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic shutdown of the comic book direct market. Including letting us know that Diamond Comic Distributors has two weeks worth of the industry's comics in storage, that Boom won't be printing any more for now and commit to not making these books available digitally until all this blows over. However, they will continue to release graphic novels and trade paperbacks to the bookstore market. Morgan Perry writes (emphasis ours)
Hi Retail Partners!
First and foremost, the BOOM! Studios team hopes that you, your teams, and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this crisis.
With the news of our single issue distributor and some printers shutting down, we understand that this news, compounded with government mandates to close your businesses in some localities, is going to make the foreseeable future challenging for comic shops and the industry as a community.
While new single issue releases were already printed for 4/1/2020 and 4/8/2020, those releases are currently being held at Diamond. BOOM! Studios has halted single issue printing for the time being, pending further information regarding the resuming of physical distribution from our distribution partner. Additionally, we have halted the digital release of new single issues through our digital distribution partners, pending further information from Diamond.
Graphic novels and collections will continue to release on BOOM! Studios' current Book Market schedule (typically the Tuesday after the direct market release date), and we advise retailers to consider additional distribution options for independent booksellers such as Simon & Schuster or Ingram if you would like to receive this product in your stores at time of release.
Simultaneously, BOOM! Studios is reevaluating our entire 2020 publishing schedule and will share details regarding any revisions to our previously announced schedule when they are finalized.
BOOM! Studios has always been your best partner, and we are committed to supporting you and your business through this crisis.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com and I will be happy to assist you.
Morgan and the BOOM! Studios Team