MARVEL Not Releasing Any New Print or Digital Comic Books on April 15

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Updated April 14, 2020: As with the previous two weeks, Marvel Comics has confirmed to Newsarama that they will not be releasing any new comic books digitally or in print on April 15.

They have, and plan to continue, releasing various collected editions digitally and in print (via its booktrade channel).

Newsarama has asked Marvel for a confirmed list of collections released being digitally and through the still-operating booktrade channel, but have not yet received a response.

Updated April 6, 2020: Marvel Comics will not release any new comic books digitally or in print on April 8, Newsarama has confirmed. 

This marks the second week in a row Marvel has foregone its planned releases. The delays occur as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted comic book supply chains with the closing of Diamond Comic Distributors.

Original Story March 31, 2020: Marvel Comics has confirmed to Direct Market comic book retailers that it will not be releasing any new comic books digitally on April 1. The decision follows Diamond Comic Distributors' announcement last week that it would be suspending distribution of new print titles beginning April 1, including Marvel's titles.

In a statement Tuesday from Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley, the publisher announced it has decided to withhold releasing new titles digitally this week while leaving room to alter their decision in future weeks, calling it "a fluid situation with details changing every day."

Diamond has not announced when they'll resume release of print titles, and this decision today leaves Marvel the option to reconsider digital-first release - and/or other print distribution options - down the road.

Over this past weekend, a DC spokesperson said the publisher intended to continue digital release of new titles this week. On Monday however, changes in the listings for those digital comics changed on the leading digital distributor, comiXology's, website signaled that the planned April 1 titles had been pushed back to April 29 but were subsequently removed from comiXolgy's website entirely. DC's current April 1 digital plans include a series of digital-first titles, collections, and reprints but no new concurrent print-digital single-issue titles.

Here is Buckley's full statement, reprinted with permission to Newsarama - their emphasis bolded:

To all our partners in the retailer community,

Thank you for all your notes, discussions, and the absolute resolve we have heard and seen from you over the past weeks. This situation has been challenging for everyone, and the safety and well-being of you, your families, and your communities continue to be at the front of our minds.

As you know, unfortunately there will not be any new print titles available at your shops this week. Marvel will also not be releasing any new comic book titles digitally on April 1. This is a fluid situation with details changing every day, so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate our way through this. As soon as more information is available, we will outline our longer-term plans and opportunities to support you and the industry.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please continue to reach out and share your feedback. Revised release dates for our April 1 titles will be shared in the coming weeks.

Please stay safe and well.

Dan Buckley
President, Marvel Entertainment

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