PREVIEWS is Diamond's monthly mag-a-log (catalog and magazine) of comic books, graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise which is on sale every month in comic book shops nationwide. Each month, PREVIEWS includes listings for almost every comic book and graphic novel scheduled to be on sale, approximately two months in advance. You'll find complete descriptions of each upcoming issue, how much they will cost, their format and other points of interest. PREVIEWS also provides information on other merchandise, too, including toys, apparel, books, games, videos and much more.
Comic books have changed significantly since they first found their way into pop culture so many decades ago. In today's comic shops, consumers can find comic books featuring everything from classic super-heroes like DC Comics' Batman and Marvel Comics' Spider-Man to titles featuring nearly every subject under the sun.
Diamond operates the Comic Shop Locator Service, a store locator website that allows consumers to find comic book shops in their area. Simply enter your ZIP code and you'll get detailed information on the stores closest to your location.
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. The annual event happens the first Saturday in May each year.
When the time comes to order graphic novels, you have many options. Choose the one that works best for your situation. In some cases, you may have to buy locally. Or through a pre-determined wholesaler or book jobber. Or you may have carte blanche when it comes to such decision. This page summarizes your options for you.
Baker & Taylor, Booksource, Brodart, Follett, Ingram, Partners West, and other wholesalers all carry graphic novels. Most schools and libraries already do business with one or more of these companies, so why not simply add your graphic novel order to your regular order
Maybe there are no comic book stores in your area and your usual wholesaler doesn't have stock on particular titles. Or maybe you just prefer the ease of working with a distributor focused specifically on graphic novels. In that case, Diamond is happy to sell direct to you. To order direct from Diamond, contact Allan Greenberg by phone at (443) 318-8001, ext. 8564, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a bookstore in your area, or another comic store around How can you build your inventory so that you stay competitive If another local book store carries a lot of graphic novels, perhaps it is wise to avoid overstocking on that particular type of inventory. It may also be wise to communicate with another comic store competitor to avoid stocking up on the same inventory.
Most comic store owners are comic book lovers and have their own personal collection that they can use as inventory to start off with; this is a particular good strategy to attract comic book collectors.
Previews subscription is a must for all comic shop owners; this is a monthly catalog that showcases upcoming comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop-culture merchandise available at comic book specialty shops. The publication is available to both comic shop retailers and consumers.
Most comic book store owners obtain their inventory through distributors. Distributors work directly with publishers, acting as a sort of middleman between your store and the publishers. There are distributors for big publishing companies, as well as distributors that work with indie artists on smaller scale projects.
The go-to distributor for American comic books is Diamond; this distributor has exclusive contracts with most major U.S. comic book publishers, including Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and more. Diamond dominates the comic book distributor industry. They also carry variety of merchandise of pop culture such as toys, games and apparel. They are every comic book owner's number one provider of products. Retailers get a 40% discount from usual sales price.
The place to go to find small indie creators who may be self publishing, Comixpress is an agglomeration of short-run print on-demand comics and trade paperbacks. There is no minimum order or long wait time. It is also a good way to pick out some indie works to introduce to customers as well as add variety to your store.
Interested in buying a half or whole pallet of discounted graphic novels for your shop location, comic book show table or flea market booth We occasionally have bulk pallets of graphic novels with a mix of new and remainder titles including Marvel, Dark Horse, Image and many other publishers. These pallets can be shipped to your door, warehouse or they can be picked up at the shipping terminal.
Also attached is a list of Publishers/Imprints and the Distributors that carry them. (Note: Diamond carries most of these Publishers/Imprints. For brevity, this document lists only the non-Diamond publishers).If you are a Publisher or a Distributor and would like to be added to this list, or if you see an error that you would like us to amend, please contact email@example.com.
The vast majority of comic book stores get their new comics from Diamond Comics International. Diamond is the only Distributor of mainstream comic books. Some publishers will also sell directly to comic book stores.
Diamond is the #1 distributor of graphic novels to comic book stores. In recent years, retailers have also been setting up secondary sources of distribution with other distributors (i.e. book store distributors) and with publishers directly.