Updated March 19, 2020: Diamond Comic Distributor has canceled plans for a month-long Free Comic Book Day, with company chairman Steve Geppi announcing that they intend reschedule the event for an unspecified date later in the summer.
Original story from March 18, 2020: Owner of Flying Colors Comics, Free Comic Book Day founder, and former ComicsPro president Joe Field has commented on Diamond Distributors' apparently not finalized plans to extend Free Comic Book Day from a one day gathering into a month long event in order to discourage fans from congregating in large groups against Coronavirus saftety protocol.
"Just to let everyone know, I was not consulted at all about this less than satisfactory change," Field stated on Twitter. "Not that I have any real leverage in this, but this is not a feasible solution for a number of reasons."
Just to let everyone know, I was not consulted at all about this less than satisfactory change.— Joe Field (@flycojoe) March 18, 2020
Not that I have any real leverage in this, but this is not a feasible solution for a number of reasons.
Field did not elaborate his opinion or offer more specific insight. He has not responded to Newsarama's request for comment at the time of publication.
A different Direct Market retailer has informed Newsarama that Diamond notified him that plans for 'Free Comic Book May' have not been finalized, and the initial announcement was not intended for publication.
Stay tuned to Newsarama for updates as this story develops.