With access to a letter to Direct Market retailers, Newsarama has confirmed Marvel will not sell April 1 comic books digitally while Diamond Comics Distributors has stopped shipping physical comics to local comic shops. This comes as a slights surprise since rumor has it DC Comics will continue selling comics digitally. The news comes from Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley.
Newsarama also published the full letter from Dan Buckley which points out this is a “fluid situation” and may change as weeks go by.
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
This news comes rather last minute as many anticipated comic books would release digitally from Marvel Comics on April 1st.
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