BOOM! Studios has halted the printing and release of all of its single issue comic books in print and digital, but is forging ahead with plans to release its OGNs and collections through other functioning distributors - as well as digitally. The weekly release of comic books has come to somewhat of a standstill when the primary Direct Market distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors, announced it was halting distribution this week.
In a letter to Direct Market retailers Saturday morning, BOOM! Studios' Retail Sales Coordinator Morgan Perry encouraged retailers to sign up with the distributors Simon & Schuster and Ingram (both of whom distribute BOOM!'s products to the booktrade).
Here is BOOM!'s letter in full:
Hi Retail Partners!
First and foremost, the BOOM! Studios team hopes that you, your teams, and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this crisis.
With the news of our single issue distributor and some printers shutting down, we understand that this news, compounded with government mandates to close your businesses in some localities, is going to make the foreseeable future challenging for comic shops and the industry as a community.
While new single issue releases were already printed for 4/1/2020 and 4/8/2020, those releases are currently being held at Diamond. BOOM! Studios has halted single issue printing for the time being, pending further information regarding the resuming of physical distribution from our distribution partner. Additionally, we have halted the digital release of new single issues through our digital distribution partners, pending further information from Diamond.
Graphic novels and collections will continue to release on BOOM! Studios’ current Book Market schedule (typically the Tuesday after the direct market release date), and we advise retailers to consider additional distribution options for independent booksellers such as Simon & Schuster or Ingram if you would like to receive this product in your stores at time of release.
Simultaneously, BOOM! Studios is reevaluating our entire 2020 publishing schedule and will share details regarding any revisions to our previously announced schedule when they are finalized.
BOOM! Studios has always been your best partner, and we are committed to supporting you and your business through this crisis.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to assist you.
Morgan and the BOOM! Studios Team