Image Comics has announced that its print subscription service, Image Direct, is now being managed and fullfilled by Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS). Originally launched in early 2015, Image Direct will now be selling products at 30% off retail and be expanding to sell some Image Comics' merchandise.
“DCBS has long been one of our most supportive accounts and we’re so excited to be able to partner with them and expand the reach of Image Direct,” said Corey Murphy, Director of Sales at Image Comics. “Retailers are the backbone to this industry, but unfortunately many of our fans do not live in areas close by a local comic shop. We hope through DCBS and Image Direct we can fix that and widen the audience for creator-owned comics and merchandise.”
DCBS is one of the largest online stores for print comic books in the United States, and according to Image is one of Diamond Comics' largest buyers. When asked if DCBS will buy directly from Image and go around Diamond, the publisher declined to comment.
“We are thrilled to partner with Image Comics in fulfilling their subscriptions and furthering readership in the industry," said Christina Merkler, co-owner of DCBS. "Image provides a line of diverse and innovative products that showcase the best of creative talent in comics and we look forward to furthering their overall exposure."
Image Direct currently only offers subscriptions in the continental United States.