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.
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. Continue reading Diamond Comic Distributors Founder Steve Geppi Statement On Distribution→
The Press Release:
Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has released the following update about their 2020 music festivals:
There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time. Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible. We know you have been anxious for updates from us and we are at a point where we can answer many of your questions about how each of our festivals may be affected by COVID-19.
We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings. We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff. Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible. Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever! Continue reading Danny Wimmer Presents Regretfully Announces Cancellation Of Spring Festivals→
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.
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.
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. Continue reading Free Comic Book Day 2020 Postponed Amid Coronavirus Pandemic→
The wake of alerts and edicts surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic continue to flood in-boxes of outlets such as my own and since we are tasked with keeping you informed, here is the latest from the folks that handle the affairs of the NYC venue Le Poisson Rouge.
The Press Release:
Sunday evening, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced an executive order to close all music venues across the city. The decision on how to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak has been taken out of our hands and we intend to comply with the mayor’s order. As much as this hurts our hearts and our business, we believe this is the right thing to do and understand the need for mass closures at this time.
Though we may be temporarily shutting our doors to the public, we cannot quarantine our love for music. We refuse to give up. We are working on streaming live performances and programming, unveiling archived concert footage, and engaging the independent music community like never before. If you are a musician or have a musical story to tell – let us know! We want to enable you to get the support you need. Now more than ever, we need the healing power of music and art. Continue reading Le Poisson Rouge Temporarily Closes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak→