DC Comics is instating yet another pair of changes into how its comics are distributed throughout the U.S.
On Monday, DC sent a letter out to direct market retailers in the U.S. announcing that as of Jan. 1, 2021, it will no longer be working with UCS Comics Distributors. All orders in the U.S. for weekly releases will now run through Lunar Distribution, while Penguin will continue to handle the distribution of graphic novels and collected editions.
In addition to the change-up in distribution, there will now be a minimum attached to weekly releases of $125 at cover price. Orders will be held until such time as the retailer’s orders reach that minimum.
“We want to take this time to sincerely thank UCS for their help during this transition, and we will continue to provide all our support to UCS as retailers shift their accounts over to Lunar or other distributors,” the company stated in the letter.
A separate letter was sent out by UCS stating, “UCS will be transferring records of all unfilled FOC orders for items shipping January 2021 and beyond to Lunar to allow for a smooth transition for all accounts. Lunar will contact accounts over the next several weeks to confirm and finalize their information.” It went on to add, “UCS is not closing. We will be offering other exciting items that stores can use!”
Both UCS and Lunar were created earlier this year in response to DC’s desire to move away from its exclusive deal with Diamond Comics Distribution. While Lunar has been praised by retailers, UCS has received less than glowing comments about damages and late deliveries.