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DC Explains Weekly Digital Comics Plan Amid Diamond Shutdown

DC Comics says it still plans to release weekly digital issues amid Diamond Comic Distributors’ COVID-19-related shutdown.

UPDATE 2: CBR has learned that DC will digitally release a “limited selection” of comic books on Wednesdays, which may include some, but not all, new titles intended for simultaneous release in print and digital formats.

With Diamond Comic Distributors temporarily shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the shipment of physical comics effectively halted as a result, DC Comics has confirmed that it will continue to publish weekly digital issues.

Adam Phillips – director of marketing services for DC – confirmed on the Burbank-based publisher’s private Facebook page for comic book retailers Direct Market that digital comics will continue to go on sale as planned while the shipping of printed issues is suspended.

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“Here’s where we are on digital,” he said. “All of our data shows that the digital consumer and the physical consumer are two different audiences. For now, we will continue to publish digital comics, but we will come back to this if the physical distribution pipeline continues to be challenged. and disturbed.” Phillips was also asked if DC had considered allowing retailers to sell codes for digital comics, to which he replied, “Not yet, but we’ll think about it.”

Following social distancing procedures currently in effect as a result of COVID-19, as well as the news that Diamond will not be accepting submissions of comics printed with an on-sale date of April 1 or later, major comic book publishers like DC and Marvel Comics have implemented measures to reduce the pressure on retailers and explained that they are working on plans to deal with the situation in the future, although none have commented on whether or not they would continue publishing weekly digital comics. In DC’s case, we can now say that the answer to that question is “yes.” The publisher joins Archie Comics, which will also release its April 1 releases digitally. In contrast, Dark Horse Comics has suspended digital releases until Diamond reopens.

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DC comics slated to go on sale this Wednesday, April 1 include Batman #92, Daphne Byrne #4, harley quinn #72, Justice League #44, Justice League Odyssey #22, Lois Lane #ten, strange adventures #2 and The dream #20 – the last issue of the Sandman Universe title before being revived as The Dream: Waking Hours.

(Going through Newsarama)

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