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The Daily Waffle: Episode Seventy Six


DC CUTS ALL TIES WITH DIAMOND

At least in North America. The situation elsewhere is unclear. DC sent an email to retailers yesterday informing them that they were switching their distribution to Lunar Distribution, UCS Comic Distributors and Penguin Random House. Lunar and UCS will deal with single issue releases, while Penguin will handle graphic novels and trade paperback collections.

We didn't get the email, and neither did any of our comics retailing friends that we've spoken to so far. This means either the change doesn't apply here (of those three distributors only Penguin Random House currently operates in the UK), DC forgot about us, or they don't have our details.

Who knows?

It's fair to say that Diamond isn't universally loved as a distributor. This has been in the wind for some time and in the end a bit of a shake up of the market might turn out to be a good thing. Doesn't feel like that right now though. As many retailers are staring down the barrel of bankruptcy as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown speaking personally I'd have appreciated a bit of stability.

More when we have it.

IT'S PRIDE MONTH!

Today's social media profile pic features Bobby Rodriguez from the comic Fence. Art by Johanna the Mad.

DIAMOND DELIVERY SCHEDULE TO END OF JUNE

We have previously announced that Diamond would be recommencing weekly deliveries from 20th May. As a result of various factors (their own warehouse capacity if they are to maintain social distancing and protect their staff, availability and cost of air freight and the need to be consistent) they have now revised and reduced this schedule. Deliveries will now re-start on Wednesday 27th May, and be fortnightly until the end of June, at which point they will reassess the situation.

The new schedule is as follows.

Wednesday June 10th Wednesday June 24th

What will actually be shipping on those dates is unclear at present. We'll keep you informed.

GRAPHIC NOVELS ON DEMAND SERVICE NOW ACTIVE

For various logistical reasons we don't list our range of graphic novels and trade paperbacks online. However, we are now able to offer an ordering service - just tell us what you want, either by e-mail, through our social media or using the form on our website (click HERE to go to the appropriate page), we'll send you an invoice and have your book (or books) shipped directly to your door. We can even have them gift-wrapped if you're sending them to somebody else. (Or if you just like unwrapping things...)

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COMIC CONTEST STILL ONGOING

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GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Click HERE to purchase, remember to select "Free in store pick up" at checkout.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

Another cartoon from the childhood of anyone who grew up in the eighties, as suggested by customer Darren - the excellent Dungeons and Dragons.

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