Marvel does theirs through Midtown Comics.
Now Image Comics is launching Image Direct, year-long print subscriptions for its line of comic books. In a press release exclusively given to CBR (is that how press releases work these days?)
Image Direct will allow subscribing readers to receive the latest issues of over 35 titles, including THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, SEX CRIMINALS, WYTCHES, BLACK SCIENCE, VELVET, RAT QUEENS and more, immediately upon release. Subscribers will receive discounts of up to 30% off and will have the option to subscribe to every available title and receive 35% off.
"Even with all the wonderful work our retailer partners in the Direct Market do, the number one comment we get from fans is they frequently can't find the Image titles they're looking for," said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. "Given that there are fewer comic book stores than ever before, we're hoping that Image Direct makes our titles available to fans who don't have easy access to a local comic book store, or whose shop doesn't carry the full range of Image titles."
Though I'm looking forward to Eric Stephenson's next speech to retailers at ComicsPRO.