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Diamond Comic Distributors Founder Steve Geppi Statement On Distribution

In addition to the numerous tours and special events being postponed or cancelled over the growing Coronavirus Pandemic, the changes continue to face the folks in the comic book industry. I’ve already shared the news about “Free Comic Book Day” being postponed (HERE) and that Dynamite Entertainment was offering up a pile of digital comics via ComiXology (HERE) and now comes news that I guess we should have anticipated as far as weekly provisions go. Read on.

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CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION:
As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers 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 weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.
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Dynamite & ComiXology Offering Free First Issues During COVID-19 Quarantine

A few days ago I shared the news about the postponement of the annual “Free Comic Book Day” based on the current infiltration of the Coronavirus Pandemic. If you missed that one based on all the news coming at us please click HERE to be up to speed. In light of this, here is an update from the folks at Dynamite Entertainment.

The Press Release:
Starting today Dynamite will offer select first issues for free through ComiXology over the next few weeks, for fans quarantined or practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the best writers and artists in comic books today have their work featured in these issues, including Garth Ennis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson, Alex Ross, Darick Robertson, Max Bemis, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, Bill Willingham, Amy Chu, Jim Zub, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Bennett, Moritat and more!
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Dynamite Entertainment Announces “Green Hornet” Series For June

Despite the news of the day continuing to keep us on the edge of our collective seats, I’m going to continue to serve up some alerts and announcements on the cool things that are coming our way in hope that they offer us some distraction during this time. Here’s an alert from Dynamite Entertainment who will be releasing a brand-new series for the iconic Green Hornet this June. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell (Flash Forward, Uncanny X-Men) is joined by artist Anthony Marques (Red Sonja, Vampirella), who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito (Batman, No One Left To Fight) plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?

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“Green Hornet” #1

This creative team is going on nearly a decade working together in various capacities. First meeting on Red Hood and the Outlaws, Anthony has worked with his collaborators across multiple publishers including Dynamite as an editor. Today he is additionally the proprietor of the famous The Kubert School, where Esposito also currently works as an instructor. Their chemistry and candor could not be contained when Dynamite reached out for comment.
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Free Comic Book Day 2020 Postponed Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The current Coronavirus Pandemic is changing our way of life on a daily basis. Readers of this website know already how a number of tours and conventions that we were planning on attending have been either postponed or cancelled and now this blight has affected another fun happening, the “Free Comic Book Day” which was to be held on the first Saturday of May. Take a look at their statement down below and I’ll return at the close with added editorial.

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The Press Release:
As the impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Diamond Comic Distributors is aware that Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be impacted to varying degrees throughout the world. With that in mind, Diamond Comic Distributors has made the difficult decision to postpone the event to a date later in the Summer.

“The severity and timing of the impact of the COVID-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the Summer,” said Diamond Founder and CEO, Steve Geppi.
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On Shelves: “Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular”

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Late last year I helped share the news that DC Comics was going to be releasing a special edition that would celebrate Robin, The Boy Wonder. That’s the trusty sidekick for those of you who don’t dabble in too many comic book things and the full title of said release is “Robin 80th Anniversary 100 Page Spectacular” – Whew. If you missed the skinny about it just click HERE since I loaded up all of the variant cover images. The visual below is the considered Standard Edition.

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“Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Pg Super Spectacular” #1

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