Diamond Comic Distributors News: In addition to pitching Halloween Comic Fest (see "Halloween Comicfest Goodies Announced"), Diamond revealed that 25% of retailers in the U.S. and Canada were using POS software—Diamond's and others—accounting for about 50% of the volume in the direct market. They also said they will soon be able to allow retailers to make ACH payments, and retailers who are interested can sign up now during the testing phase of the program. And finally they announced their Fall 2017 Best Practice Awards:
- Best School/Library Event: Happy Harbor, Edmonton, Alberta
- Best Facebook Page: Dragon's Lair, Austin Texas
- Best Store-Within-Store Concept: Gods & Monsters, Orlando, FL
- Best Graphic Novel Section: Time Warp Comics & Games in Boulder, CO
Dark Horse Comics Doubles Down: In addition to its pre-show announcements (see "Dark Horse: More 'Avatar' and Nintendo 'Arms'"), Dark Horse Comics revealed that Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's final story arc of Umbrella Academy will launch in late 2018. Netflix is currently adapting the series for television (see "Gerard Way's 'The Umbrella Academy' Comes to Netflix").
Many Happy Returns: Several of the publishers were offering at least some comics on a returnable basis:
- Orders of 25 copies or more of Titan Comics' new Assassins Creed: Origins series will be fully returnable;
- Valiant Entertaiment's Ninja-K #1, will be fully returnable, and retailers will receive the maximum 57.5% discount no matter how many copies they order;
- Dark Horse Comics stated that issues #1 and #2 of the first four Berger Books miniseries will be fully returnable (see "Dark Horse Details First 'Berger Books' Releases");
- Filip Sablik reminded retailers of the BOOM! Studios "Guarantee" program, which allows retailers to order six titles per month on a returnable basis; the program started out with issue #1s but now includes second issues as well (see "BOOM! Offers Retailers 'Guarantee' Program").
Sparks Fly at Marvel Event: At the Marvel Retailer Panel that followed Diamond's event, a retailer complained during the Q&A session about recent changes to Marvel characters, including making Captain America African-American, Thor female, and Iceman gay. A few audience members applauded his comments, but others booed. Senior editor Nick Lowe tried to push back a bit, pointing out that character changes are nothing new and that Thor was turned into a frog at one point, but after another retailer stood up and began to echo the first speaker's comments, Marvel shut down the panel.