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Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Cycling Into London As Comic Shops (And Everything Else) Open Up

Today is the day that the UK government has decreed that non-essential shops are allowed to open across England, and that includes comic shops Boris Johnson has read all his Tintin books three times over and was clearly in need of something new So on my Boris bike, I whizzed in, filming as I went,[...]

AfterShock Comics Release SOS Support Our Shops Comic

AfterShock Comics Release SOS "Support Our Shops" Comic

With the added pressures, challenges and obstacles thrown in the way of local comic shops over the past three months, AfterShock Comics, led by Publisher Joe Pruett, announced the release of Support Our Shops (S.O.S.), a 48-page comic featuring seven stories from top creators The comic book will be distributed at no cost to comic[...]

8 Comic Stores Hit By Looting Across the USA

8 Comic Stores Hit By Looting Across the USA

Eight comic book stores have reported looting over the last few nights which ran alongside widespread protests against racist police actions and violence, across the USA. There may be more, these are ones which have taken their experiences public. But they also have different attitudes regarding what happened to each. Golden Apple Comics of Los […]

English Comic Shops Can Open Back Up on June 15th Boris Says So

English Comic Shops Can Open Back Up on June 15th, Boris Says So

And, yes, that would include English comic shops as well Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, they have their own devolved decisions to make.[caption id="attachment_1212072" align="aligncenter" width="600"] British Comic Shops Can Open Back Up on June 15th, Boris Says So Image from BBC screencap.[/caption]A number of English comic shops have been operating mail order, or making pick-up[...]

2021 Will Look Very Different For Publishers and Comic Shops Alike

2021 Will Look Very Different For Publishers and Comic Shops Alike

You can catch up with coverage of the impact on the comics industry here and the New Distributor Wars here.[caption id="attachment_1209609" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 2021 Will Look Very Different For Publishers and Comic Shops Alike Image from https://torange.biz/fx/2021-gold-background-dark-flag-american-216356[/caption] A couple of weeks ago, Trustbridge Global Media bought small British publishers Walker Books, which also owns Candlewick[...]

Cycling Round Central London Comic Shops on Lockdown

Cycling Round Central London Comic Shops on Lockdown

I can have another big exercise in a couple of weeks or so.  That's if I am still allowed, of course.[caption id="attachment_1198803" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Cycling Round Central London Comic Shops on Lockdown Image from YouTube.[/caption]  This morning, I combined my not-quite-daily exercise with a trip to the chemists and the cheese shop by Boris bike[...]

Alan Gill Boycotts New DC Comics Distributors in Favour of Diamond

Alan Gill Boycotts New DC Comics Distributors in Favour of Diamond

Alan Gill of Ultimate Comics, North Carolina, has placed his flag in the ground regarding the current re-emergence of the Distribution Wars that hasn't been seen in the comic book industry for decades. DC Comics will be distributing new print runs of their delayed comic books via two new distributors UCS and Lunar, created by […]

Diamond UK Distributing to British Comic Shops For Sale on May 11th

Diamond UK Distributing to British Comic Shops For Sale on May 11th

Some have closed, some have gone online and mail order, others remain open with limited hours and services.[caption id="attachment_1197474" align="alignright" width="350"] Diamond UK Distributing to British Comic Shops For Sale on May 11th Art from Marvel Comics.[/caption]Comic books that were due to be available in British stores on Wednesday, March 26th, will be shipping from[...]

Comic Book Retailers Plans to Fix the Direct Market When It Returns

Comic Book Retailers Plans to Fix the Direct Market When It Returns

A number of comic book retailers, including Brian Hibbs of Comix Experience in San Francisco have put a document together. It has the aim of remaking the direct market of comic book retailers, when the industry returns to printing, publishing and distribution. Hibbs was notably opposed to the ComicHub plan to provide digital versions of […]

A Comic Shop Cancels Mid Life Crisis For Comics Industry

A Comic Shop Cancels Mid Life Crisis For Comics Industry

"I risked a Walmart trip, and my side quest was rewarded with all the bubble wrap we need to ship out the online comic sales from last week."[caption id="attachment_1191158" align="aligncenter" width="350"] A Mid Life Crisis for Comic Book Stores.[/caption]It is also worth pointing out that Diamond Comic Distributors now shipping existing back stock to retailers'[...]

Rob Liefeld Auctioning Sketches to Benefit Comic Stores on Instagram

Rob Liefeld Auctioning Sketches to Benefit Comic Stores on Instagram

Today is the third day, with all of the money being directly paid to comic shops when the auctions close Rob is offering to draw comics characters, anime characters, and taking requests for the sketches, which has led to gems like this admittedly great Venompool/Raphael TMNT piece.https://www.instagram.com/p/B-gaPqTBkR-/ How Much Would You Pay For Original Rob Liefeld[...]

Today The Comic Shops Direct Market Was Saved

Today, The Comic Shops' Direct Market Was Saved

We have seen comic shops shut down under government mandate and fear of infection Comic publishers pull back on their publication schedule or stop publishing entirely The direct market distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors shut its doors to new product, make people redundant and stop paying publishers But today, that all changes.Over a week ago, we[...]


Penguin Random House Ingram Simon &#038 Schuster Now Distributing Comics

Penguin Random House, Ingram, Simon & Schuster Now Distributing Comics

Last week, Boom Studios' made an address to comic book stores still in business during the coronavirus pandemic. They advised such comic book retailers that while they had stopped providing new comics to Diamond Comic Distributors, and as a result to ComiXology as well, to keep direct market parity, they were still shipping trade paperbacks […]

Should Comics Publishers Keep Publishing by Digital or Mail Order

Should Comics Publishers Keep Publishing by Digital or Mail Order?

Who knows what the large event business will look like in the future? Another reason you still NEED comic shops on the front lines.Please STOP publishing Pause in the same way every business has been asked to pause. It's difficult to ask for help when it means less income in the short term for all of[...]

Comic Stores &#8211 Cockroaches or Elephants in the Coronavirus

Comic Stores – Cockroaches or Elephants, in the Coronavirus?

Jeez, let alone my own costs.And I am committed to making sure that everyone working for me gets paid as they should.You, comics consumer, check in with your local store, make sure your "pull list" is up to date, and (if your financial situation allows) that you've made arrangements for your store to charge you[...]

Open Letter From Comic Shops to Readers &#8211 Please Be Patient With Us

Open Letter From Comic Shops to Readers – "Please Be Patient With Us"

But we believe in this medium, and we believe in the role of comic shops as an important community hub Ours is an underappreciated medium, and having a place where we can all be united in our love for this unique, powerful means of storytelling matters Having a place where we can be exposed to[...]


Boom Studios To Reduce Shipments To Comic Stores In Coming Months

Boom Studios To Reduce Shipments To Comic Stores In Coming Months

A unified approach from all major publishers will make this process easier for each of you and, ultimately, for every one of your customers.While we’ll shortly announce new, additional initiatives that will provide new cashflow opportunities for comic shops, we’re also taking immediate steps right now, including paid support of our #BoostYourLCS program through social[...]

Lees Comics of Mountain View California Will No Longer Reopen

Lee's Comics of Mountain View, California, Will No Longer Reopen

Two days ago, Lee's Comics of Mountain View, California, chose to close temporarily, for three weeks in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. However, it now transpires that the closure will no longer be temporary. In a letter to customers, they wrote, I have some sad news, friends of Lee's Comics. We tried, but we […]