Comic Shop Closures And Saviours – The Daily LITG April 2nd 2020

Comic book retailers, publishers, manufacturers and distributors continue to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the comic book industry. Yesterday saw the first stirring of ComicHub's solution to save the direct market of comic book stores. However, it was one rejected by a bunch of them who don't seem to want saving. This also ran alongside the news of new comic shop closures. Welcome to the daily Lying In The Gutters a long-running run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here.

Photo of IDW publisher Chris Ryall
Photo of IDW publisher Chris Ryall

Comic Shop Closures and the 10 Most-Read Stories Yesterday

  1. Today, The Comic Shops Direct Market Was Saved
  2. More Comic Book Stores Close Permanently
  3. Ethan Van Sciver Mean Streak Directed at Creators and Retailers Alike
  4. Rick Remender Shares Art from DC Comics Pitches That Might Have Been
  5. Empyre #1, With Good, Evil And Everyone On The Wrong Side [Spoilers]
  6. Ubisoft Releases The "Just Dance 2020" Song List
  7. Can ComicHub Save The Comics Industry?
  8. "TMNT" 1990 Film Trailer Awesomely Recreated With NECA Figures
  9. Marvel Comics Pulls All Digital Comics This Week As Well As Print
  10. Diamond Won't Be Able to Pay Comics Publishers This Week

One Year Ago, Soft Wood From Heavy Metal

  1. April Fools for Avengers Endgame, Cyberfrog, Frank Miller, Bisexual Harry Potter and Final Fantasy XIV Manga
  2. Heavy Metal Launches Spin-Off Comedy Magazine, Soft Wood  (not an April Fool)
  3. Now DC Comics Collects Titles That Don't Exist (nor was this)
  4. Two Flash Villains Getting Their Own Comics? (or this)
  5. The Audacity of Captain America in This Week's Uncanny X-Men #15

Comics News & Events Happening Today

Comics Industry Birthdays Today

  • Chris Ryall, President & Publisher/CCO of IDW
  • Mike Barreiro, Star Wars inker
  • Gary Esposito, owner of Brooklyn Comics
  • Jason Stephens of Kentucky Collectibles

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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