DC To Discontinue Comp Copies Of Comics For Staff Members

download (1) Effective June 25th, DC Comics staff members will no longer receive complimentary copies of the comics that DC publish, nor the collections.

Instead, staff will be required to have ComiXology accounts and will receive free codes to download the work. This change promises efficiency and an end to clutter in the offices as well as print cost savings – though since such copies are added to the end of existing print runs, that would be neglible. Especially since ComiXology still gets paid for supplying the comp digital copies.

Wouldn't PDFs be cheaper? Or are they subject to pirating too easily, if they came round before the comic was released?

The Burbank office manager is not a fan of clutter (or indeed comics) and wants to the new offices to avoid the New York's rather… full appearance, with people desks and cubicles stuffed to the brim with comps. Also the Burbank offices lack a dedicated mail room, so physical distribution would be harder.

But, despite DC policy being against it (see 'Compgate'), some staffers do still exchange their comps for other comics at local comic stores or even sell them.

However, the days of Scott Snyder coming to the offices and doing an impromptu signing are over. Since no one will have anything for him to sign.

Maybe he could sign their iPads.

I have not heard any news that DC comic creators will lose access to physical print copies. Not yet.

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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