Mimi Cruz of Night Flight Comics Vs Comics Distribution

Mimi Cruz is the co-owner of Night Flight Comics, the Utah comic store that closed after forty years. Though they still service their old customers and regulars. A leading figure in getting comics into libraries, she is also not the kind of person who suffers fools gladly – as I know well myself.

But one person who seems to have taken an unliking to her is the last person she probably wanted to. Someone who works at the mailing drop-off centre that Diamond Comic Distributors use to send Night Flight Comics their weekly orders. And they have stated that Mimi is not allowed to pick up her comics from them, she has to send someone else.

Sometimes that is not possible.

So Mimi decided to film the next encounter. And has shared it with a few comic book luminaries.

Mimi sees this as an indictment of the monopoly Diamond holds an exclusive distributor of the biggest comics publishers in the direct market. Diamond has offered to UPS her orders directly for less than she is paying to pick them up from a drop-off centre, but Mimi – and to be fair quite a lot of people – have their own issues with UPS. But they have now confirmed with Mimi that she is not allowed to pick up product from the centre in question.

The participants of the video all expressed their willingness to be filmed. It goes off the rails pretty much the second Mimi walks through the doors of the depot. You can be your own judge.

Sorry if you have to initially tilt your head, it rights itself pretty sharpish…

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.