Non-Monopolistic Diamond Loosens Grip On Midnight Release Rules For Comic Shops

Diamond Comic Distributors has loosened its iron grip on the comics distributing market ever so slightly. The legally-not-a-monopoly will now allow comic book retailers to sell all products with on-sale dates that fall on midnight release event weeks beginning at midnight.

Before now, comic book shops hosting midnight release events were only allowed to put event books’ publisher’s releases out for sale.

The new policy took effect this week with the midnight release event centering around Absolute Carnage #1, which coincidentally is the same name as Diamond’s shipping methods.

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