|My "Last" Comic Book Shipment...|
This week saw the arrival of my last shipment of new comic books for the foreseeable future.
With Diamond Distribution shutting up shop with immediate effect, this meant no new comics arrived on these shores this week and Andy from Paradox Comics - my loyal and trusted supplier for over 20 years - was only able to ship out my titles from the previous two weeks.
If anything, I'm hoping this temporary hiatus will allow me time to make a significant dent in the two-and-a-half short-box backlog of fresh issues that need reading and are currently stashed under my bed.
But that's finding a silver lining in a very grey cloud.
I believe new comics are still being produced in the States, and I guess they'll be available digitally while the individual floppies will remain in storage until this whole pandemic thing blows over.
However, I've never had any interest in reading comics digitally - in much the same way as I have little interest in massive PDFs of books and games - and should, horror of horrors, digital become the new norm then that will most likely spell the end of my investment in new individual issues.
The future then, for me, would be in trade collections/graphic novels and the odd 'in-filling'of the collection with back issues.
That said, at the moment, nobody knows what all this means for the future of the comic book industry and how it will impact the Friendly Local Comic Book Store.
In the latest episode of the Fatman Beyond podcast, Kevin Smith - himself a brick-and-mortar comic book store owner - and co-host Marc Bernardin shared their thoughts on this situation, including the possibility of comic book outlets becoming boutique stores, like vinyl record shops, peddling high-end collectable comics.