distributor wars


Lunar Distribution Gets A Logo And Consumer Facing Website

Lunar Distribution Gets A Logo And Consumer Facing Website

Previously, Bleeding Cool pointed out that the UCS Comic Distribution choosing to no longer distribute DC Comics had an unfortunate side-effect for, well, people like me. UCS has a consumer-facing website that listed upcoming titles, DC Comics solicitations and other aspects such as upcoming FOC, forthcoming sale dates and additional DC Comics information. While its […]

Retailers Dont Lose All Your Orders For Dark Night: Death Metal #7

Retailers! Don't Lose All Your Orders For Dark Night: Death Metal #7

Comic book retailers who have been ordering their DC Comics titles through UCS Comic Distributors, the distributor set up by Midtown Comics, and being urged to take action over a number of already-ordered titles. UCS has declined to continue offering DC Comics titles to comic book retailers from January 2021, not willing to take on […]

That Was UCS Comic Distributors Final FOC For DC Comics

That Was UCS Comic Distributors' Final FOC For DC Comics

Last month, Bleeding Cool broke the news that the distribution arrangement between DC Comics and Midtown's UCS Comic Distributors was no more. We later learned that DC Comics didn't drop UCS – UCS dropped DC Comics. After all, we were also able to discover that UCS had three-to-four times the volume of DC Comics than […]

Lunar Restricts DC Comics Distribution No eBay Stores Buying Clubs

Lunar Restricts DC Comics Distribution, No eBay Stores, Buying Clubs

Bleeding Cool broke the news that UCS Comic Distributors would no longer be distributing DC Comics to comic book stores from January 2021 and that as a result, Lunar Distribution would be distributing all of the DC monthly titles in North America. We also learned that this was UCS' decision rather than that of DC […]

DC Comics Didnt Drop UCS &#8211 UCS Dropped DC Comics

DC Comics Didn't Drop UCS – UCS Dropped DC Comics

A couple of days ago, Bleeding Cool broke the news that the distribution arrangement between DC Comics and UCS Comic Distributors was no more. We reported "DC Comics Drops UCS Comic Distributors For Lunar" and we were totally, 100% wrong. DC Comics did not drop UCS. UCS dropped DC Comics. Basically, it seems that Midtown […]

DC Comics Drops UCS Comic Distributors For Lunar Sets Minimum Orders

DC Comics Drops UCS Comic Distributors For Lunar, Sets Minimum Orders

It was the New Distributor Wars.Now DC Comics is doing it again, and is dropping UCS completely, in favour of Lunar, so that DC now has three print distributors in Lunar, Diamond UK and Penguin Random House Which means that everyone with UCS accounts are now going to have to switch to Lunar - including[...]

DC Comics Street-Date Fail &#8211 Comic Stores Not Playing By The Rules

DC Comics Street-Date Fail – Comic Stores Not Playing By The Rules

When all new comic books were solicited for Wednesday sale date in the direct market, and a system was instigated where comic book stores received comic books on the Monday or Tuesday before, Diamond Comic Distributors ran a Secret Shopper system that comic book stores paid a few bucks into, that ensured that no one […]

UCS Comic Distributors Close Phone Lines From Today

UCS Comic Distributors Close Phone Lines From Today

UCS Comic Distributors, the comic book distributor set up by Midtown Comics to initially distribute DC Comics titles when Diamond Comic Distributors went into shutdown, is now one of two exclusive comic book distributors to the direct market of DC comic books in the USA. I get conflicting reports of their success from retailer perspectives […]

UCS Comic Distributors Updates COD and Credit Card Fees

UCS Comic Distributors Updates COD and Credit Card Fees

UCS Comic Distributors is the comic book distribution company started by Midtown Comics to cover East Coast distribution of DC Comics after the publisher left Diamond Comic Distributors. You may have heard mention on Bleeding Cool over the last few months. Well, yhey have just updated their terms of service for retailers. Launching a website […]

Diamond Comic Distributors On Working With 50% Of Staff Numbers

Diamond Comic Distributors, On Working With 50% Of Staff Numbers

Diamond Comic Distributors, has issued an update on how they are working right now. The distributor, still the backbone of most of the direct market of comic book stores, closed in April because of the coronavirus global shutdown and only recently returned to something close to full distribution, and having to implement restrictions regarding social […]

The Difficulty Getting DC Comics to Berlin Right Now

The Difficulty Getting DC Comics to Berlin Right Now

Bleeding Cool has reported that Diamond UK and British comic shops have had a reprieve from DC Comics decision to drop Diamond from distribution, in favour of Lunar, UCS, Penguin Random House and Sideshow. British comic stores get to use Diamond until the end of the year – but what about the rest of Europe? […]

DC Comics List Of Returnable Comics Through Diamond

DC Comics List Of Returnable Comics Through Diamond

Before leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, DC Comics announced that upcoming affected comics and collections would be made returnable through Diamond. They have added to the initial list a number of titles that would have been returned during the quarantine and have removed the qualifiers from the additional returns. There are three groups of returns, and […]

Lunar Comic Stores Get CGC Slabbed DC Comics Free as Well as UCS

Lunar Comic Stores Get CGC Slabbed DC Comics Free as Well as UCS

A few weeks ago, Bleeding Cool reported that UCS Comic Distributors customers were to receive a free graded DC comic book as a thank you for choosing them. Turns out Lunar Distribution customers got one too – though there appears to have been some shipping delays this week – some retailers reported that their Diamond […]

Amerang to Distribute DC Direct Statues and Toys to UK Comic Stores

Amerang to Distribute DC Direct Statues and Toys to UK Comic Stores

UPDATE: Contrary to Amerang's press releases, Bleeding Cool has now been informed that Amerang will only be subdistributing DC Direct items from Sideshow, so Amerang is not a direct DC Direct distributor as reported below. The original article runs below with claims struck out. Bleeding Cool has been told by DC representatives that we were […]

Steve Geppi Takes Back President Role At Diamond

Steve Geppi Takes Back President Role At Diamond

In a letter to employees, vendors, and retailers, owner and founder of Diamond Comic Distributors, Steve Geppi, announced that he is resuming the role of President, Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE), in addition to his Chairman and CEO role. He writes; "Today I am announcing an organizational change that will help us lean even further into […]

UCS Customers to Receive a Graded DC Comic as a Thank You

UCS Customers to Receive a Graded DC Comic as a Thank You

On April 17th, Bleeding Cool broke the news that DC Comics was splitting from being exclusive with their distributor to comic stores, Diamond, and instead was empowering two comic book stores to become temporary distributors to all the others. On June 5th, Bleeding Cool broke the news that DC Comics had decided to quit Diamond […]

Diamond UK Returns to Weekly New Comics in July

Diamond UK Returns to Weekly New Comics in July

Since Diamond UK reopened they have been distributing new comics to comic stores every two weeks rather than every week. Bt as of July, that all changes. Just as in England the social distancing will be reducing from two metres to one week, the comic store distribution schedule will shrink from every two weeks to […]

Diamond Comic Stores to Get MAD Magazine #13 and #14 on Same Day

Diamond Comic Stores to Get MAD Magazine #13 and #14 on Same Day

DC Comics has informed those still ordering their titles through Diamond Comic Distributors that they will be receiving copies of both MAD Magazine #13 and #14 for sale on the same day, July 1st 2020. In a move that could only have come from America's #1 stupid magazine, MAD Magazine #13 and 14 are now both scheduled […]

DC Comics Rumoured to Expand Walmart Presence

DC Comics Rumoured to Expand Walmart Presence

DC Comics launched their line of 100-Page Giants exclusively in Walmart a couple of years ago, with a couple of similar titles of Target, before relaunching them all and making the titles available to comic book stores through Diamond. Now that DC has dropped Diamond (almost) entirely, in favour of its two home-grown distributors Lunar […]

Now Marvel Adds #BackTheComeback Stickers to Their Comics

Now Marvel Adds #BackTheComeback Stickers to Their Comics

Image Comics did it first for this week, Bleeding Cool running the news a week ago. But Marvel Comics will be joining them. Including the Diamond #BackTheComeback stamp on their covers on books coming out on July 15th. Including a certain Empyre #1. They will also have Back the Comeback in-store promotions for game stores […]