Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Week Without A Comic Book

A Week Without A Comic Book

Last week we found out that this Christmas isn't going to be a happy one for comic book collectors. If you're reading this on a Wednesday, you more than likely already picked up your new books today. If you're not in the know, what normally happens is that new comic books come out on Wednesdays. When a holiday pops up on any other day at the beginning of the week comic book day usually gets bumped back one day to Thursday.

But when Christmas and New Years happening back to back, that usually bumps the books back another day. In short, since if you're not a comic reader, this is boring as hell, that time of the year is a little difficult for those looking for new books. This year will be even more hard for those nerdy folks as the comic distributor Diamond isn't even going to bother shipping comics the week of New Years.

Diamond Skip Week Advisory: No New Product Shipments Week of DECEMBER 28
In consideration of UPS’ holiday delivery schedule, and in consultation with retailers and publishers, Diamond will not be shipping product to customers the week of December 28.

“Most of our customers receive their shipments via 1-Day, 2-Day, or 3-Day UPS, with 3-Day shipments tendered to UPS on Friday,” explained Diamond Vice President of Operations Cindy Fournier. “With Christmas and New Year’s falling on Friday this year, we would not be able to tender product for 3-Day retailers until Monday, December 28. But because there will be no UPS service on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, product which could reach 1-Day and 2-Day retailers on December 30, would not reach our 3-Day UPS customers until January 4. In light of this, and based on conversations with our customers and suppliers, we agreed that a skip week was the fairest, most prudent way to proceed.”

I have to say, this is terrible news. How can you make New Years an even more lonelier time for nerds? It's bad enough that they'll more than likely not have any sort of gift they actually wanted, but to top it all off, they wont be able to spend their Christmas money from na'na on new comics?

Come on Diamond, don't be a dick like that. Why you gotta be a hater? I need my new books! Where else am I going to figure out what Captain America is doing for the New Years? Do you think Batman would take the time off? I think not!

Besides that, comic stores are already feeling the pinch during that time of the year. Nerds are terrible to shop for and business is typically slow because those who would normally shop for new books are spending their money on gifts for loved ones. So you can see how this is just adding insult to injury.

Oh well, I guess I'm lucky to not be THAT much of a nerd. In that I'm social enough that I can do things to occupy my time and not have the lack of reading material get me down. Still seems pretty silly to just give up entirely making the following week all that much more difficult.

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