For months now, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world at large, forcing many to question: what will things be like when it’s over? Will small businesses rebound? Will people continue to work remotely? Now, more than a year into the pandemic, we may be starting to form a picture of a post pandemic world. Now that Godzilla vs. Kong has become the highest grossing film to be released during the pandemic, many analysts are changing their view on what a post pandemic theatre market will look like.

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In general this seems to be a more exciting move then when DC announced theirs. Mainly because they didn’t give retailers a deadline of two weeks to get new accounts made with Lunar and UCS. It already being a distributor instead of two retailers probably helped smooth the news over as well. Direct Market retailers can still order their Marvel comics through Diamond, although Diamond would be acting as a wholesaler to the direct market, ordering Marvel products through Penguin. 

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WarnerMedia’s decision to release their 2021 film slate on HBO Max, day and date with theatres, isn’t the first major shift that a studio has made during this pandemic. It wasn’t too long ago that Disney made their own ripples in the entertainment industry with their new Pixar film, Soul. In October of this year, Disney announced that it had made the decision to release the new Disney/Pixar film Soul on Disney+ at no extra cost to subscribers. At $6.99 a month, Disney+ is still one of the cheaper streaming service options that audiences have access to, which means current and new subscribers are paying significantly less than what they would have paid for in theatres.

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Last week, Disney held its annual investor day. These days, they are no longer just for investors but for Disney fans as well. This is where they announce films and TV shows that are upcoming in order to build excitement and assure investors that the future is bright for the Disney company. In 2020, the name of the game is streaming. Most of the announcements were for their streaming service Disney+. More than anything, this investor day may have solved Disney+’s biggest issue from the last year.

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Earlier this month, WarnerMedia announced that its entire 2021 film slate will be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theatres. Shortly after the announcement, it was revealed that they did this without telling their subsidiaries. Companies like Legendary Pictures are considering legal action, and some of their filmmakers and stars have taken to the internet to voice their disappointment. A concern was that many felt it wasn’t fair that people were losing their fair wage.

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Before DC Comics had envisioned the New 52, their 2011 relaunch, they announced a new Original Graphic Novel (OGN) imprint called Earth One. While, generally speaking, most comic books come out as a 20-30 page monthly single issue magazine format, an OGN comes out as a 150-200 page soft or hardcover book. The added page count gives the writer and artist more time to complete the project since they don’t have to meet a month by month due date. Graphic Novels, in general, also reach a much wider audience than the average comic book issue since they can be sold through book retailers like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, making them more favorable to the less hardcore collector.

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It would seem the hits keep coming for WarnerMedia. On August 10th, reports surfaced that many people were laid off from HBO, DC Universe, DC Direct, DC Comics and other departments. While the layoffs were seen as a sign that AT&T was taking further steps to move DC Comics away from printed monthly issues, Jim Lee, DC Comics’ Publisher, came out on Friday to explain that things are more or less business as usual.

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