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Collector's Paradise

Collector's Paradise of California Launches Curated Subs Service

Ed Greenberg of Collector's Paradise three-store comic book chain in California has come up with a new business solution in this time of strife. He writes, "sometimes during times of crisis, you come up with your best ideas, and I had an idea last night at 2am. I spent the next 3 hours building it […]

Interior of Marvel toys department in Hamleys store.

Marvel Comics Pulls All Digital Comics This Week As Well As Print

Marvel Comics has just confirmed that, as well as not having any new print comic book titles in stores this week, they will also not be distributing any of them digitally. Whether via the Marvel App, ComiXology or Kindle, though the wording indicated that they may continue with digital editions of collected editions. This matches […]

Jim Lee at the premiere of "The Kitchen" at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Picture: Paul Smith/Featureflash, August 06, 2019

Jim Lee Auctions Sketches Every Day To Raise Money for Comic Shops

Legendary comic book creator Jim Lee is the sole publisher of DC Comics, in Burbank, California. But like everyone else, he is stuck at home right now. And with some comic book retailers screaming blue murder over DC Comics' plan to continue with digital comic distribution this Wednesday, and potentially using regional print distribution channels, […]

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Bill Schanes, Almost 50 Years In Comics, On Current Distribution Woes

Bill Schanes, former Vice President of Purchasing of Diamond Comic Distributors, is a comics legend. He founded Pacific Distributors almost fifty years ago, and joined Diamond almost twenty years after that. He stepped down from Diamond Comic Distributors in 2013, though he continues to visit comic book stores, travelling the world. We briefly quoted him […]

Penguin Books Random House in Westminster, London.

Steve Geppi Denies Rumours That Penguin Random House Are Buying Diamond

Bleeding Cool has heard from multiple senior comic book industry sources that long before the current impact on the comic book industry from the coronavirus pandemic, book publisher/distributor Penguin Random House was looking into buying Diamond Comic Distributors.  Given recent events and their impact on businesses around the globe, Bleeding Cool has subsequently heard that […]

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Marvel Comics Assures Retailers They Have a Coronavirus Crisis Plan

Bleeding Cool pointed out that all comic book publisher had pulled their Final Order Cut-Off Listings for this week, including Marvel Comics, for titles most of which were to be shipping to comic book stores for the week of April 22nd. There is still a lot of concern for the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, […]


Batman #92 Sees Gotham On Lock Down And No One Able To Leave The House

I'm not entirely sure how but I appear to have found myself with copies of Batman #92, out this week digitally (and maybe more) and of Batman #93, the final chapters of the first James Tynion Batman arc Dark Designs, and kicking off the subsequent Joker War. Now, I know Bleeding Cool is famous for […]


DC Comics Decisions Spark Retailer Concern Over Coronavirus Plans

While a number of comic book publishers have announced they are suspending or restricting publication, physically and digitally, DC Comics announced last night that they are going to use multiple distribution options to get their comic books out in the world. physically and digitally. Which means a new printer, new distributors, venues that are still […]


DC Comics on Digital Disruption of Distribution in Coronavirus Shutdown

Last night, as comics publisher DC Comics' statement to retailers regarding their plans for publishing comic books during the coronavirus shutdown was sent to a number of media organisations, Bleeding Cool was able to confirm that DC Comics would be publishing a select number of titles digitally this Wednesday as well.  This move has caused […]

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Comprehensive Rundown of Every Comic Book Publisher's Current Status

It's been a hectic month full of announcements from comic book publishers reacting to the rapidly-changing business conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic. We've been keeping you informed about current matters within the industry here at Bleeding Cool, as every comic book publisher in the business assesses how to navigate these unprecedented conditions. Here's a […]


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 […]

DC Officially Rebrands, Dropping Vertigo

DC Publish Selection of Digital Comics, Wednesday April 1st

Bleeding Cool just ran DC's statement to comic book retailers, confirming that they will be seeking alternative distribution (and presumably printing as well) during the current coronavirus pandemic shutdown that has seen Diamond Comic Distributors close, their printers Transcontinental close and thousands of comic book stores and bookstores close. As well as getting certain comics […]

DC Officially Rebrands, Dropping Vertigo

DC Comics Will Use Other Distribution Methods To Get Comics to Stores

Since the Diamond Comic Distributor shutdown and the closure of DC's printer Transcontinental in Canada, there has been much discussion wondering what DC and Marvel Comics would be doing, regarding comic books published this coming week. A number of publishers have declared they will suspend publication, print and digital, while many comic stores are also […]

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John Constantine Praises the NHS in the Next Issue of Hellblazer

This week saw a most excellent issue of John Constantine: Hellblazer #5 from Si Spurrier and Matias Bergara. It's an excellent issue that, due to coronavirus greatly impacting all aspects of comic distribution, many stores in Britain get copies of.  As Britain celebrated the work of doctors, nurses and other staff of the NHS with […]

BOOM! Heads to ALA with R.L. Stine, Delilah S. Dawson, Greg Pak, More

Boom Studios Stops Printing Comics, Keeps Graphic Novels, No Digital

Comic book publisher Boom Studios has issued the following to comic book retailers, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic shutdown of the comic book direct market. Including letting us know that Diamond Comic Distributors has two weeks worth of the industry's comics in storage, that Boom won't be printing any more for now […]


Comic Store In Your Future – If It Has One

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. This article will give an update on our situation and my thoughts on it. Last Thursday here in Iowa, the governor gave the order that non-essential retail such as my store had to close. Currently, the closing is to last until […]


TKO Studios Will Send Half Of Online Revenue to Comic Stores

TKO Studios, the non-Diamond specialty comic book publisher has issued the following edict, for comic store patrons during the coronavirus epidemic shutdowns. Comic Book Shops are the lifeblood of our industry, and Coronavirus is threatening their existence. Over the last week, we've seen empty comic book shops, mandatory shut-downs, and shop owners worried they will […]