Monday, March 23, 2020

'Covid-19' Killing Comic Books

Diamond Comic Distributors Chairman Steve Geppi says the company will cease distribution of new comic books until greater clarity is made towards stemming the spread of 'Covid-19' with Diamond asking printers to halt shipping product from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing and a whole lot more:

"We are hearing from thousands of retailers," said Geppi, "that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. 

"Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time. Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. 

"Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week.

"Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease..."

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