Having closed operations amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, Diamond Comic Distributors aim to resume shipping ahead of new comic book day on May 20th.
On March 23rd Diamond Comics Distributors’ CEO, Steve Geppi, announced that comics delivered in time for Wednesday 25th March would be the last for the foreseeable future.
Amidst concerns for the health and safety of his employees, and with an increasing number of comic shops having to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was deemed responsible to halt operations. As the exclusive distributor for the industry Diamond’s decision had wide-reaching ramifications.
Like with many industries, the comics business has been hit hard. Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing have both furloughed staff and Marvel have ceased the publication of comics all together. Both physical and digital.
DC Comics took a different stance altogether. They have continued to create a limited number of new comics and sought to get them to comics stores via two alternative distributors, Luna and UCS. It’s a decision that could change the landscape of comic book distribution in the future.
Diamond have been the exclusive distributor of comics for more than twenty years. New distributors coming onto the scene could break that monopoly. Competition within the supply chain could benefit the end user by helping to regulate costs.
Perhaps with this in mind, Diamond have made the decision to resume distribution and are aiming to get books into shops in time for Wednesday 20th May. One pertinent question raised is… how many shops are open to receive deliveries at this time?
The news seems specific to the U.S. at present and we await confirmation as to whether this will extend to international distribution.
Despite previous reports suggesting that DC Comics had cancelled orders through Diamond, a post on Multiversity Comics suggests that titles distributed through Luna and UCS will still be shipped by Diamond along with other back issues from other publishers held up since March.
More news as we get it.