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Marvel Confirms Valkyrie, Scream, Cosmic Ghost Rider as Digital-Only

Marvel Confirms Valkyrie, Scream, Cosmic Ghost Rider as Digital-Only

Bleeding Cool has been following plans by Marvel Comics to make certain titles digital-only. We reported the announcement that Ant-Man, Star, Iron Heart, Ravencroft, Avengers Of The Wasteland, Hawkeye Freefall, Ghost-Spider and The Black Cat Strikes digital-only, wither for minj-series or for ongoing series that would no longer be ongoing, just wrapping up their story […]

British Comic Book Stores, Currently Planning to Open on June 15th

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

Yesterday saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's right-hand man Dominic Cummings try and defend his lockdown-busting behaviour as some kind of vehicular eye-test. Which saw officials having to issue public guidance for people to not to use short driving trips to test their eye-sight, even faster than disinfectant manufacturers had to, to stop people injecting themselves […]

Marvel Comics Cancels Living Vampire, Dark Marvel and Sneaker Variants

Marvel Comics Cancels Living Vampire, Dark Marvel and Sneaker Variants

Marvel Comics has had a history of bumping up their sales with variant cover programmes, running themed variant covers across their line, in an attempt to increase interest and encourage collectability. Some, like the Venomized or the Deadpool covers have become major valuable collector editions in their own right. Most have not, but it all […]

DC Comics Launches DC Connect #1, Free Monthly Digital Catalogue

DC Replaces DC Previews With Digital-Only DC Connect #1

So we are getting a new Diamond Previews on Wednesday. But we may now no longer be getting the DC Previews that goes along with it. Instead DC Comics is launching a digital-only version, DC Connect, and the first issue is available right here, right now, at this link. DC Comics describes it thus: DC […]

IDW Publishing Former Employees Speak About Redundancies

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool reported on IDW Publishing letting a number of employees go, permanently. After Bleeding Cool posted the article, two former employees who we had named took to social media, to elaborate on their current position. Former IDW Managing Editor, Denton Tipton tweeted Hope this finds you and your family healthy and safe. As […]

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Will You Find Corona Collectibles in a Comic Store In Your Future?

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. He writes about the latest in corona collectibles; I read this on Bleeding Cool's article on ICV2's interview with Steve Geppi. "Our comeback will be bigger than our setback." – "If you recall, back in the 50s, when the government wanted […]

Now IDW Lets Go Of Employees, Permanently

We had already learned that IDW Publishing had furloughed a number of employees and books had been put on hold as a result of the current global pandemic. But at a time when the industry is starting to revive, and comic books are put back on schedule, that doesn't seem to be happening at IDW. […]

Superman Advice on Social Distancing is a Tad Unrealistic

DC Comics has been running a few #ConnectedTogether messages on its Instagram page, but in today;s published comic books, freshly printed and distributed by Diamond, UCS and Lunar all at once, it made it into the pages. All the monthly titles published today feature this Superman image, with this hashtag. You know it's all right […]

This Quarantine LifeA COVID-19 Era Comics Anthology

The Art Students League Seeks Submissions for This Quarantine Life

This Quarantine Life: A COVID-19 Era Comics Anthology is a digital comics anthology edited by creators and instructors Steven Walker and Greg Follender. The anthology is presented by The Art Students League of New York, the oldest not-for-profit art school in Manhattan, New York. The League includes in their alumni, including Will Eisner, Gene Colan, […]


Under Lock and Key – Pandemic Tales of a Scottish Comic Shop

Mike McLean, comic book retailer of Asylum Books and Games, of Aberdeen, Scotland, writes about the impact of the current global pandemic. he tells Bleeding Cool, So, it's a March Thursday evening in Aberdeen, which for those of you not local to my home, is late night shopping. Many of the local businesses opt to […]

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American Comic Stores Begin to Receive Hardship Grants From BINC

Received a not-insignificant amount from BINC today! This will help pay for some outstanding bills at the shop. If your store has been shut down, submit the paperwork. It was quick and easy. — Ryan Higgins (@RyanHigginsRyan) May 15, 2020 The shops just got money from @BincFoundation. Extremely thankful for the organization and their […]

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Source Point Press Launches Corner Box for Distribution

Source Point Press, publishers of The Plot, Skylin, Broken Gargoyles, Bug Bites, No Heroine and The Fuhrer And The Tramp announced the below on Facebook this morning. UPDATE: Despite this including the phrases "we don't need a traditional distributor at all" and "we are switching our business-to-business offerings (publisher to retailers) to the marketplace provided […]

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Comic Store – What Is It Good For? Regie Rigby of Destination Venus

Decades ago, Regie Rigby used to write about comics for the same websites I did. These days he runs one, Destination Venus, a small comic shop inside a cinema in Harrogate, which has also transformed him into the comic book store for Thought Bubble.  I wrote about his store last Thought Bubble – in a […]

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Retailers, Check Your Diamond Accounts For Marvel Rebates

When the shutdowns began to look like becoming a thing, while other comic book publishers offered increased returnability or new distributors, Marvel Comics chose instead to increase the discount that comic book retailers received retroactively. That was at least the announced plan. Well, it took some time but two months later, the Marvel rebates seems […]

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Magic, Marvel and Monitoring Pullboxes – Comic Store In Your Future

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. He writes on Magic, Marvel and maintaining his customer base in this time of trial, Bleeding Cool ran an article recently about a comic store that closed due to having to wait for Diamond to start shipping comics again. One vendor for […]

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Kickstarter Comic Outreach Lead, Camilla Zhang Amongst Layoffs

It was revealed last month that crowdfunding service popular amongst comic book creators, Kickstarter, had let 40% of staffers go. They are not alone in this, Patreon also made redundancies, and IndieGoGo had similar last year. However, one of Kickstarter's 40% was Kickstarter's Comic Outreach Lead, Camilla Zhang, posted the following to Twitter. As she […]


Do Marvel 99 Cent Discounts Indicate More Digital-Only Comics?

Bleeding Cool reported on plans for Marvel Comics to make a number of their titles digital-only, and begin publishing them this week. They were all mini-series or series with a (now) impending ending. It was not well received by retailers, who had ordered previous issues of the comic and were now being denied the chance […]


Erik Ko of Udon on New York Cons, Diamond Shutdown and Surviving This

Erik Ko, Chief of UDON Entertainment, the anime and manga publisher, behind the Street Fighter comics, gives Bleeding Cool and update on what his studio has been up to during this pandemic – "As a little boutique publisher, UDON is lucky to be in a position to not rely on churning out tons of products […]


Neil Gaiman, Mark Waid and Garth Ennis Join Graphic Novel Club

San Francisco-based comics retailer Comix Experience owned by Brian Hibbs, and still in shutdown, announced a third offering in their popular National Graphic-Novel-of-the-Month Clubs: the "Comics Masterpieces Graphic Novel Club" which joins the original New Release Graphic Novel Club and the Kids Graphic Novel Club. Like the original clubs, the Comics Masterpieces club selects an […]


Arizona Comics Shops, to Open or Not, After Governor Ducey's Advice

When Donald Trump visited Phoenix, Arizona last week, he was pushing states to begin to reopen parts of their economies, while also acknowledging "some people will be affected badly". Governor Doug Ducey has announced that restrictions on some businesses would be lifted soon, saying that the state is "headed in the right direction". However, a […]