The “Shutdown Split” Era: Comichron adds comics sales projections for April through July 2020

New comics sales charts are back on Comichron, after a fashion. They’re not Diamond Comic Distributors‘ charts, but they do report on retailer purchases from Diamond — as well as of retail purchases from DC‘s new distribution channel, which includes Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors. The new charts are also old at the same … Read more

DC ends distribution relationship with Diamond: Historical notes and future prospects

As announced to the general public in a report from Hollywood Reporter, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comic Distributors and will not solicit any titles after the June 1 Final Order Cut-off. This ends not just a 23-year period in which Diamond was the only source for comics periodicals from all major publishers, but also a sales relationship with … Read more

25 years ago this week: The DC/Diamond distribution deal announced

Described to the world in great detail by a leaked memo published by Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics in The Comics Journal, news of Diamond Comic Distributors‘ exclusive deal with DC Comics was officially announced on Friday,  April 28, 1995 — which brought reaction immediately from Diamond’s rival Capital City in the form of a lawsuit. … Read more

25 years ago: Superman rises from the dead — and sparks the biggest month in comics history

This slipped a lot of calendars, but Superman’s rise from the dead began 25 years ago today (that’s when Adventures of Superman #500 apparently left the warehouse; on-sale was both April 14 and April 15, as distributors were moving New Comic Book Day from Thursday to Wednesday). In observance of the event, I posted the … Read more