ICv2: THE BUSINESS OF GEEK CULTURE
Graphic Novel Distribution Update
March 30, 2020

Some portions of the book distribution channel are continuing to function during the coronavirus crisis, so we reached out to two companies active in the graphic novel segment in the book channel to determine their status.

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From Games Workshop
March 30, 2020
Asmodee Entertainment has hired another licensing vet from Games Workshop as Interactive Games Licensing Manager.
New Features, Benchmarks Announced
March 30, 2020
TCGPlayer CEO Chedy Hampson revealed a number of volume benchmarks and a series of service enhancements at the company’s annual Sellers Gathering at GAMA Expo in Reno.
Comics Biz Coronavirus Reponse Round-Up
March 30, 2020
We round up recent responses to the coronavirus crisis from the comics biz here.
Column by Scott Thorne
March 29, 2020
This week, Scott Thorne talks about the situation for retailers in week 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown, and offers an obituary for small press game publisher Bill Levy.
Easier Loans, Plus Loan Forgiveness and Other Help for Payroll, Other Expenses
March 29, 2020
The two stimulus bills have provisions that can help retailers and other small geek culture businesses stay afloat through the coming months.
Konami Announces '2020 Tin'
March 29, 2020
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases scheduled through May “are all on track to ship as planned” despite the coronavirus, a Konami spokesperson confirmed to ICv2.
As They 'Engage in Active Conversation with Diamond'
March 29, 2020
In response to the coronavirus crisis, DC Comics is exploring distributors in addition to Diamond Comic Distributors to get product to comic stores, the company said in an e-mail to retailers.
Made Profit in Fiscal Q4, But Lost Nearly a Half Billion Dollars for Year
March 27, 2020
An early indication of the demand for at-home entertainment in the coronavirus era has come in the form of GameStop’s reported same store sales for March, which were up 2%.
Via Simon & Schuster
March 27, 2020
Simon & Schuster is continuing to receive new VIZ Media manga and other book titles from printers and shipping them to accounts including book chains and online retailers.
Collecting Long-Running Series in Successful Format
March 27, 2020
The new series will put the long-running manga in the hardcover format that’s proved so successful for Dark Horse Comics in its repackaging of Berserk.
Share of Online Sales, and Free Comics with Comic Store Gift Cards
March 26, 2020
Black Mask is offering a share of online sales, and Vault Comics is incentivizing comic store gift cards.
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