Marvel Comics Stops May 2020 and June 2020 Work Related To Comic Book Schedule Of Solicitations Due To Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic!
Other publishers have already given the “pens down” order to their creative partners.
The Beat added:
The move makes a certain sense, given that there are, as of this writing, no plans to release new single-issue Marvel comics for the foreseeable future. Diamond is currently not receiving or distributing new titles to retailers, many of whom are closed or seeing reduced foot traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic…
…Despite the logic behind it, the pausing of work is a serious blow to the freelance creators working on those books that are being put on hold. Marvel currently releases around 100 single-issue comics a month, so that’s ~33 individual comics for which work is being put on hold. If each of those comics has a creative team of four-to-five creators, that’s roughly 132 to 165 people looking at either reduced or lost income for those two months. The Marvel spokesperson told Newsarama that creators would still be paid for work that’s already been completed, but that doesn’t particularly help them going forward. The recently-passed CARES Act does extend unemployment benefits to include freelancers and contractors, so at least those impacted creators aren’t entirely on their own.
Bleeding Cool got in on the action:
So, 33%, 20% or 15% of Marvel titles are impacted. April 2020 solicited books will likely start to tickle out over the summer assuming the pandemic is lifted, but more importantly emergency declarations lifted including stay-at-home orders.
Comic book retailors will need to ramp up in that timeframe as well; it will be a smaller direct market though. Not clear on how many comic book shoppes will close. Their clientele may help boost competitors trying to cling on.
While Marvel, DC Comics and larger or well-funded / back-stopped publisher will survive, the publishing group will also be smaller after all this too.
Tough times now and ahead.
And, yes, BC calling someone else’s reporting “exaggerated” is, um, fascinating.
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