We round up here recent events in the comics business in the unfolding Coronavirus Crisis of 2020.
Dynamite Entertainment will reduce its planned releases for July to six issues and no merchandise, the company announced Friday. "This way, if things are still being pushed back, it’s less of a commitment of titles for fans and retailers," CEO Nick Barrucci said in a message to retailers. The issues planned for July are Vampirella
#13, The Boys
#4, Red Sonja
#18, Sacred Six
#3, Bettie Page
#2 and Green Hornet
#2. The company has also committed to offering deep wholesale discounts on key collections and omnibi "should things turn for the better." Last week, Dynamite announced that it would take returns on current releases beginning last week and for the next four weeks (see "Dynamite Taking Returns
Reed Exhibitions has postponed BookExpo, the biggest annual U.S. trade show in the book business to July, along with BookCon and UnBound from May to July 22-26. "Booksellers, librarians, authors, publishers, fans and everyone passionate about this industry are what make these events so special," Event Director Jennifer Martin said in a statement. "At every step and with every decision, we have you in mind, so it’s our responsibility to make sure that your health and safety come first at all times." Reed Exhibitions’ Reedpop division has already rescheduled geek culture shows Emerald City Comic Con and Supercon (see "Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on Geek Culture Events
Papercutz has pushed back its relaunch of Asterix
, a major retooling of the property for U.S. audiences (see "Papercutz Gets ‘Asterix’ for U.S.
") to July 14, Bastille Day, the company announced. The relaunch, which includes new editions in new formats, was originally scheduled to kick off May 19.
Half Price Books has closed all 120 stores for in-person browsing at least through March 31, "because we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our communities across the country," the company announced. The company will offer curbside pick-up at most stores.