While many local comic book stores have worked to stay open in some capacity — even offering curbside pickup — during this global health crisis, we are about to enter an era with very few new, print comic books for fans to enjoy.
Today, Diamond Comic Distributors — the company that distributes titles from major publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse — circulated an official statement from CEO Steve Geppi explaining that the company will not ship any product with an on-sale date after April 1. Until then, Diamond Select plans to fulfill orders for any retailers that are able to receive them.
In the statement, Geppi encourages comic book stores to be creative if they are keeping their doors open, utilizing sales, promotions, and eBay to move the products they already have in stock.
In the meantime, comic book fans do have some options for reading comic books online. Amazon’s Comixology — which offers more than 25,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — expanded its Unlimited free trial period from 30 to 60 days for a limited time. Marvel Unlimited, DC Universe, and Digital Dark Horse are also great options for keeping up with your fave comic book series until they are back on store shelves.
Check out the full Diamond Comic Distributors statement here, and stay tuned for more updates.