As New Comic Book Day approaches, Marvel Entertainment finally announced that they WILL NOT be releasing any new comic books digitally.
Diamond Comic Distributors recently announced that due to the current situation with the Corona Virus pandemic, they would not be distributing any new print titles April 1 and beyond, a decision which affects Marvel’s print releases. While DC Comics said that that they will continue to release new issues digitally, Marvel Comics has now confirmed their plans for Direct Market comic book retailers – and readers. In a statement to Newsarama, Marvel announced that it will not be releasing any new comic books digitally on April 1.
In a statement, Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley, announced that the publisher has decided to withhold releasing new titles digitally this week but makes a point to mention this is “a fluid situation with details changing every day.”
Buckley’s full statement, as reprinted with permission by 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.
President, Marvel Entertainment
Diamond hasn’t announced when they’ll resume release of print titles, so this decision leaves Marvel open to reconsider digital-first release – or other print distribution options – down the road.
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