GeekGround Comics and COVID-19

3/19/20 9:56 AM
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The last few days have seen a ton of industry related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than give each story a separate thread, I'm going to collect them all in this thread...well, mostly.

Instead of the usual copy/pasta, I'll give a brief summary and then the source link.

3/19/20 9:56 AM
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Image talks about the threat to the industry

https://www.newsarama.com/49472-image-comics-eric-stephenson-industry-issues-solutions-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic.html

 

3/19/20 9:58 AM
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Image Comics Open Letter calling for unity

https://www.newsarama.com/49492-image-comics-calls-out-other-publishers-to-join-forces-act-now-to-save-comic-book-retailers-from-ill-effects-of-coronavirus-pandemic.html

3/19/20 10:00 AM
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Top Cow and Humble Bundle sale with procedes to fight covid-19

 https://www.newsarama.com/49481-top-cow-and-humble-bundle-offering-every-witchblade-story-ever-deal-to-raise-money-for-coronavirus.html

3/19/20 10:01 AM
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Aftershock postpones new releases because of covid-19

https://www.newsarama.com/49479-aftershock-joins-other-publishers-in-postponing-new-books-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

3/19/20 10:02 AM
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Diamond outlines their covid-19 protocols

https://www.newsarama.com/49477-diamond-outlines-coronavirus-safety-protocols.html

3/20/20 2:02 PM
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Marvel increases discounts to stores

Marvel Comics Significantly Increases Comic Store Discounts to Combat Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic

 

3/20/20 5:31 PM
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Aspen suspends all comics

Aspen Suspends All Comics Publishing, Indefinitely, Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

 

3/20/20 5:49 PM
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Vault Comics delays all titles

Vault Comics to Delay All Titles, Over Coronavirus Pandemic

3/23/20 11:51 AM
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The industry is hanging by a thread

"The Industry Is Hanging By A Thread" – Alterna Delays Comics

 

3/24/20 9:55 AM
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Archie makes March/April comics returnable

Archie Comics Reduces Schedule, Makes All March/April Titles Returnable

3/24/20 9:59 AM
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Diamond Comics has stopped receiving new comics

https://www.newsarama.com/49538-diamond-comics-distributors-ceases-receiving-products-for-distribution-due-to-coronavirus-report.html

3/24/20 10:02 AM
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IDW suspends May 2020 publications

https://www.newsarama.com/49543-idw-suspends-may-2020-publications-more-plans-in-response-to-diamond-shutdown.html

3/24/20 11:58 AM
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With more places closing 'non essential' businesses local comic shops are in deep trouble. Figure 12 weeks of lock down, so many small businesses will be on the ropes without some serious help.
3/24/20 12:21 PM
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BigWilliam - With more places closing 'non essential' businesses local comic shops are in deep trouble. Figure 12 weeks of lock down, so many small businesses will be on the ropes without some serious help.

I don't think it will take 12 weeks. I thought I read a statistic that most small businesses don't have enough cash to surive a month, much less three. I know a lot of pudits say that things will bounce back, but I'm not convinced of that. For me at least, buying comics is a habit as well as a hobby. Not being able to go to the local comic book store breaks the habit - and habits are very hard to change. 

Until now, I've been deliberately splitting things about 60/40 (mail order/local comic book store) so that I support my local comic book shop. But with my local comic book shop closed? My guess is that I'll shift to buying from mail order almost exclusively. 

3/24/20 12:56 PM
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Humanoids delays all the things for at least a month

Humanoids Delays All Comics For At Least a Month, Mark Waid Speaks

3/24/20 2:46 PM
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paw - 
BigWilliam - With more places closing 'non essential' businesses local comic shops are in deep trouble. Figure 12 weeks of lock down, so many small businesses will be on the ropes without some serious help.

I don't think it will take 12 weeks. I thought I read a statistic that most small businesses don't have enough cash to surive a month, much less three. I know a lot of pudits say that things will bounce back, but I'm not convinced of that. For me at least, buying comics is a habit as well as a hobby. Not being able to go to the local comic book store breaks the habit - and habits are very hard to change. 

Until now, I've been deliberately splitting things about 60/40 (mail order/local comic book store) so that I support my local comic book shop. But with my local comic book shop closed? My guess is that I'll shift to buying from mail order almost exclusively. 


I only buy at my local shop, and will again when this is all over I hope. But yeah, these businesses will need help.
3/30/20 9:29 AM
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Hi Retail Partners!

First and foremost, the BOOM! Studios team hopes that you, your teams, and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this crisis.

With the news of our single issue distributor and some printers shutting down, we understand that this news, compounded with government mandates to close your businesses in some localities, is going to make the foreseeable future challenging for comic shops and the industry as a community.

While new single issue releases were already printed for 4/1/2020 and 4/8/2020, those releases are currently being held at Diamond. BOOM! Studios has halted single issue printing for the time being, pending further information regarding the resuming of physical distribution from our distribution partner. Additionally, we have halted the digital release of new single issues through our digital distribution partners, pending further information from Diamond.

Graphic novels and collections will continue to release on BOOM! Studios’ current Book Market schedule (typically the Tuesday after the direct market release date), and we advise retailers to consider additional distribution options for independent booksellers such as Simon & Schuster or Ingram if you would like to receive this product in your stores at time of release.

Simultaneously, BOOM! Studios is reevaluating our entire 2020 publishing schedule and will share details regarding any revisions to our previously announced schedule when they are finalized.

BOOM! Studios has always been your best partner, and we are committed to supporting you and your business through this crisis.

If you have any questions, please contact mperry@boom-studios.com and I will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,
Morgan and the BOOM! Studios Team