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The Daily Waffle: Episode Seventy Seven


WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH DIAMOND UK

Like many retailers I was hoping for a statement over the weekend - and it's only Sunday morning, so there might still be something. This is pure speculation, but I suspect that the news on Friday night came as much of a surprise to Diamond UK as it did to everyone else. Given it's the weekend and everyone at DC is at home all weekend, they probably haven't been able to get any answers.

Scuttlebut is that DC have no plan for distribution outside the US - which means that of the three possibilities I suggested yesterday, they really did forget about us. Which is nice.

Given that Diamond UK is a separate company to Diamond US (it was Titan Comic Distributors before Diamond bought it and has retained a sort of arms-length relationship with its parent company) it might be that from our point of view nothing changes. If that were a foregone conclusion though, we'd already know that.

There are likely to be other knock on effects to this as well - economies of scale regarding shipping, for example, will be reduced which suggests there might be price rises in the offing.

None of this is good, and all of it makes us worry about the future.

IT'S PRIDE MONTH!

Today's social media profile pic features bodyguard and all 'round bad-ass Vita Slatter, from the comic Crowded. Art by Ro Stein.

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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GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ONLINE

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

LOST IN SPACE

The original, and still the best... (Sorry Netflix...)

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