There is an explosion of thoughts going on in my head, so proceed with caution. Part of me is so fiercely angry that it is hard to function; the other wants to make a viable, committed post. Scary, huh?
For the second week in a row, the West Coast is experiencing shipping delays from Diamond Comic Distributors. Last week several DC titles were affected; this week it is Civil War #6, which is being strictly allocated, and will not satisfy retailer's needs. There are also other books that will be late, such as Irredeemable Ant-Man #4 and Red Sonja #18. Over at Newsarama, there is an informative article that gives the full list, so check that out for details. Over at Comic Book Resources, there is an article as well as an interview with a Marvel bigwig. Check that out as well.
I also want to say how much I appreciate Lisa at Sequentially Speaking and her well constructed article which features contact information not just for Diamond, but for it's California warehouse. West Coast dwellers, head over there and grab the information so you can drop Diamond a line. Only our collective voices are going to make a difference.
For the record, I am not upset just to blow off steam. I genuinely think that Diamond has a problem with it's personnel and it's commitment to excellence. I work for a company that ships nationally and even in the horrible weather that has been so pervasive in Colorado and the Midwest we have shipped in a timely fashion. Since Christmas and New Years Day are the same exact date every year, we thought ahead and planned around it. I don't think Diamond did the same thing. There is a definite problem with their traffic management and shipping that is not being addressed. That is the bottom line.
How to resolve this? We all need to let Diamond know that this is not acceptable. It isn't fair to our retailers and it certainly isn't fair to us as customers. Let's make our voices heard.
In a quick aside, when I went to Newsarama and read the article, I made the mistake of reading the comments below. I was completely pissed about the low quality of people that post there. I saw everything from "And this is why I'm glad I live on the EAST COAST." to worse. Another favorite is "The West Coast SUCKS!! East Coast RULES!!! And Australia... well, it's Australia". Nice.
What is even more interesting is that part of the posts I saw earlier today that were worse were deleted, and that there were a few people trying to be the voice of reason. If nothing else, it reminded me why I quit going to message boards.
To my East Coast friends, thank you for the sympathy you have extended me personally. I am by no means singling you out, just some of the detractors that thought it was pretty funny to be smart alecks.
There has been a call to the internet to not post spoilers about Civil War #6 until next week when all the customers have equal opportunity. Whether this happens or not remains to be seen. Newsarama took a stand that they will post "SPOILER" in front of any article and encourage their message board posters to do the same. I don't plan to look around for articles, but I am hoping that fans of the book are not doused with spoilers left and right. It isn't fair to ruin a book for others just out of spite, though I do know it happens more then I would like to admit.
On that note, I really hope that Diamond pulls it's proverbial head out of it's ass and decides to try and fix this problem. I am not holding my breath, but I plan to make my opinions known. Please do so as well if you get a chance.
Let me know how it goes for you all tomorrow and if you experience any problems. I am very interested to know.