Dark Horse Comics has joined other publishers in altering their publishing plans in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The publisher will allow three months returnability to retailers and will reduce their release schedule.
Dark Horse CEO Mike Richardson wrote:
To all of our retail partners,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. As I write this, the Coronavirus continues to threaten the health of our families and communities. With distributors shutting down or reducing capacity, retailers and printers closing their doors, and increasingly stringent government rules, it has become challenging to conduct business as usual. We know this has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone.
It is important that you know Dark Horse is committed to helping support your business through this trying time. It seems that market conditions change on a daily basis, which makes formulating a response difficult. While the details are still being worked out, here are our initial action items:
We will immediately reduce our monthly output of both comics and graphic novels for the coming months.
Dark Horse will indefinitely offer 90-day fully returnable terms (affidavit) on all periodicals on Final Order Cutoff corresponding to the weekly on-sale dates.
Dark Horse will continue to explore a variety of options intended to help our retail partners. Updates will be coming.
I’ve been in this business for a long time and witnessed our industry weather many storms. This new threat takes us all into uncharted territory, but we will do our best to help you through it.
All the best,