direct market


Your LCS Is Worried About The Big DC Comics/Diamond News

Your LCS Is Worried About The Big DC Comics/Diamond News

After talking with some people today, the Direct Market for comics may be on its last legs I hope not, as comic shops are a vital cog in the industry and community they reside in, and sadly it feels like nobody is taking the time to worry about us One thing I do know is[...]

The Direct Market Diamond and DC Zoom in Daily LITG April 12th 2020

The Direct Market, Diamond and DC Zoom in Daily LITG April 12th 2020

Right now that means comic retailer plans to fix the direct market, possible plans from Diamond to begin distribution again and, of course, Zoom backgrounds Welcome all, to the daily Lying In The Gutters a long-running run around the day before and the day ahead You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail[...]

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

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

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 pre-ordered print comics through stores This is what they, and other retailers, are suggesting instead, for those stores that make[...]

Diamond UK Plans to Reopen Its Doors This Wednesday April 15th

Diamond UK Plans to Reopen Its Doors This Wednesday April 15th

This is, however, seen as a first step.Diamond UK is the sub-distributor of Diamond Comic Distributors, with a monopoly on direct market distribution to comic book stores for Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Boom, Dynamite and most other major American comic book publishers Diamond, on both sides of the Atlantic, has been closed to[...]

Today The Comic Shops Direct Market Was Saved

Today, The Comic Shops' Direct Market Was Saved

Bleeding Cool has been reporting widely the effect that the current coronavirus pandemic has on the comic books industry, specifically the direct market comic book industry 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[...]

A Band-Aid For The Direct Comics Market Under Coronavirus Pandemic

A Band-Aid For The Direct Comics Market, Under Coronavirus Pandemic

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool put forward a modest proposal on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic's effect on the direct market of the comic book industry in a world where printers have closed, distributors have closed and shopfronts have closed - and this could be the way of things for the next three months.We proposed[...]

IDW Adds Delay Returnability Plans For Direct Market To Bounce Back

IDW Adds Delay, Returnability, Plans For Direct Market To Bounce Back

How retailers are to get hold of the comics without Diamond, or sell them if they can’t open, is not touched upon. Last week, we sent out a statement to the comics community in which we pledged our support for the Direct Market during the current health and economic crisis We’ve been keeping a very close[...]

As Sales Decline IDW Increasingly Reliant on Comic Shops for Revenue

As Sales Decline, IDW Increasingly Reliant on Comic Shops for Revenue

At that time, the company had a comprehensive loss of $35.6 million since October 2017.You can read about the new stock offering in great detail here, but we also wanted to highlight this interesting portion of the 55-page memorandum sent to stockholders which describes how IDW Publishing makes its money. IDW Publishing’s comic book and trade[...]

DC Shake-Up: What Exactly is Happening to DC Collectibles

DC Shake-Up: What Exactly is Happening to DC Collectibles?

Announced product was canceled, blamed on lack of interest or orders from the Direct Market, without consumers being informed Worst of all, many, many products have been hit with ridiculous shipping delays Some of this has been corrected as of late, but not all of it.DC Collectibles already has a, shall we say...not strong relationship[...]

Could You Die Because You Didnt Pre-Order a Comic Book Jughead: The Hunger #9

Could You Die Because You Didn't Pre-Order a Comic Book? Jughead: The Hunger #9

The comic book direct market system is obviously the best system for distributing comics the world has ever seen, one which must honored and preserved at all costs, for the sake of.. (checks to see if anyone is listening) Good, they're gone.Okay, we all know it's a pretty goddamn crappy system First of all, while[...]

Chicagos Atlas Comics Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Comics Retail Business

Chicago's Atlas Comics Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Comics Retail Business

Bleeding Cool is always running stories about comic book stores closing down, but the comic book retail business isn't all bad news. We guess. Chicago's Atlas Comics, founded in 1988 and a mainstay of the city, has sent out a press release announcing the celebration of their 30th Anniversary in the business. The shop even […]


ComiXology To Offer All You Can Eat Subscription Plans

ComiXology To Offer "All You Can Eat" Subscription Plans

Spotify does it. Netflix does it. Amazon Prime does it on many Kindle offerings. And Marvel does it with Marvel Unlimited. But they are alone in the big comic book publishers to offer an all-you-can-eat subscription service, and they are rather picky regarding which books end up there. Scribd does offer a multi-publisher option, but […]

Hasbro Doubles Down On The Direct Market With Individual Figure Orders

Hasbro Doubles Down On The Direct Market With Individual Figure Orders

Targets and Toys R Us are a blink and you miss them proposition (thanks scalpers!), and many of us have taken to preordering off websites like Big Bad Toy Store, Dorkside Toys, and Entertainment Earth to get our hands on these things.Now, there is another way…This week, Hasbro, for the first time, has decided to[...]

The Heavy Cost Of Returnability

The Heavy Cost Of Returnability?

The direct market of comic stores was set up on the non-returnability model Rather than getting all manner of comics in a haphazard unreliable fashion from newsstand distribution, retailers could order exactly what they wanted of exactly which comics they wanted And were then stuck with them, for a higher discount than the returnability option[...]

My Monthly Curse by Phill Hall #5 – The Value Of Everything

The main reason for this growth was the advent of something called the Direct Market - quite possibly one of the least sexy things about a very unsexy industry.Since their creation comicbooks have been traditionally sold on the US newsstands and on a strictly sale or return basis (SOR) Comics[...]

Bonfire – A New Ad Agency For The Comics Ethnic Demographic

Bonfire – A New Ad Agency For The Comics Ethnic Demographic

But what if a company was able to buy ad space in a hundred different comics, with a combined readership that dwarfed Marvel or DC's? That's Bonfire's aim, to utilise page space currently used for house ads, or not even present at all yet, in a host of publishers books, for advertising.I think that's genius.Then[...]

DC Comics Makes First Six Brightest Day Issues Returnable

There has been a bit of fuss regarding the solicitations for DC's new series Brightest Day. While the creative team is solid, no one is exactly sure what it's all about. And without that knowledge, how can a comic retailer order in confidence? DC have tried to solve that by making issues 0, 1, 2, […]