DIAMOND BEGINS TO SHOW SIGNS OF REOPENING
Don't get too excited, but as DC confirm they are putting some titles on "Final Order Cutoff" (which is industry speak for "these titles are about to go to print, so if you don't order them now you can't be sure to get any") regardless of whether Diamond is operating or not, Diamond UK have contacted retailers to tell us that they will definitely have those titles available to order.
No actual details beyond that yet, we're expecting an announcement tomorrow.
MARVEL HALVES EDITORIAL STAFF
It has been reported (by the Guardian, make of that what you will) that Marvel Comics has furloughed about half of its editorial staff as the COVID-19 lockdown continues.
This ties to yesterday's story regarding their confirmation that they have no intention to release any new content in any format until they can get their books in print and in stores - if they're not producing anything, they don't need the staff, and if they're not selling anything they can't afford to pay the staff in any case.
This is a side effect of the way the industry business model is structured - almost literally this month's sales pays for next month's production - which makes even big companies like Marvel Vulnerable if they're forced to shut down on short notice for an unspecified period of time by a global pandemic. I strongly suspect that this business model will change when all this is over...
THE SECOND GREATEST JACKONORY STORY EVER TOLD
The best was a multi-reader presentation of The Hobbit - can't find it anywhere online, so if you know better, please let me know. But Rik Mayall's rendition of George's Marvelous Medicine is still some of the best telly there has ever been.
PREVIEWS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ONLINE
Click HERE for the main catalogue, HERE for the UK pages and HERE for Marvel, Image and DC.
COMIC CONTEST STILL ONGOING
Click HERE to go to the contest page.
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Click HERE to purchase, remember to select "Free in store pick up" at checkout.