I think we’re all used to the Holiday shipping schedules for comic books, where major holidays in the United States push comic book deliveries back X amount of days (usually one or two) when it comes Christmastime or New Year’s.
Well, this year, things are going to be a bit different.
Comics will be on-sale in most U.S. stores on Wednesday, December 23rd, but they won’t be in stores AGAIN until Wednesday, January 6th.
It mostly has to do with UPS’ schedule and the resulting inconvenience that that would entail, and I understand that Diamond Comics is going to go out of their way to help retailers with the undoubtedly larger shipping weeks that they’ll see on 12/23/09 and 1/6/10, but still, this is an interesting development.
It’s also worth noting (as a few of the commenters have said) that December would be a five-week shipping month normally, so a reduction from a five-week month to a four-week month is a lot less noticeable than a reduction from a four-week month to a three-week month.
Still – a comic book “skip week.” I can’t recall when something like this last happened (if it ever HAS happened).
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