With the seismic news that DC is no longer exclusive with Diamond for distribution of comics periodicals, Diamond has just released a statement:
“We value our partnership with DC and will continue to support them as a distributor. Our focus is squarely on getting our industries’ entertainment products in the hands of fans as quickly and as safely as possible. As we shared this morning with our vendors and retailers, we are currently building our restart plans and targeting mid- to late-May to being shipping new weekly product. If we see signs that it is safe to resume shipping earlier, we certainly will. However, with the limited number of retailers open and most customers on stay-at-home orders, our focus is on supporting our industry and the health and safety of our stakeholders.”
While Diamond plans to begin shipping comics in mid-May, DC has just announced plans to begin shipping comics for onsale on 4/27 via two new distributors, Lunar and UCS. Shops can continue to use Diamond to ship DC comics when they are available.
As this news ripples across the industry we’re getting many conflicting opinions. But who are Lunar and UCS? Keep checking the Beat for all that we know about this.