New Comic Book Day Bumped a Day Early at Participating Comic Book Shops

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of everyday life, and comic book shops and other non-essential businesses are beginning to feel that pretty significantly. To help make things a little easier on retailers, Diamond Comic Distributors has allowed shops to go ahead and sell this week's new products immediately. In a statement sent to Diamond's customers, the company confirmed that new comics and other items can be sold a day early, as opposed to waiting for Wednesday, March 18th. The change is expected to be in effect for only this week, with the distribution schedule seemingly returning to normal for books coming out on March 25th.

"Please be advised that - to give you the best possible opportunity to realize sales before your local quarantine policies compel you to curtail your hours or close down - all product on sale March 18 may be sold immediately upon receipt," the statement from Diamond reads. "Please note that this exception is in effect for this week only."

The company will also be suspending its "Secret Shopper" program - which penalizes and often fines stores that sell products early - for the next four weeks.

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that stores are instantly equipped to sell you your books today, as many stores spend Tuesday pulling and sorting their stock for Wednesday's New Comic Day. If you're hoping to head out - or use some form of curbside pickup or online ordering - it might be worth contacting your local store first.

This week's New Comic Day includes quite a few noteworthy titles, including Outlawed #1 and Robin 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular. Scroll down below for a full list of this week's new comics.

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2000 AD PROG #2173
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #418
AERO #9
ALIENATED #2 (OF 6)
AQUAMAN #58
ARCHANGEL 8 #1 (OF 5)
ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE & KATY KEENE PT 3)
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #279
ARTEMIS & ASSASSIN #1
ASCENDER #10
ATLANTIS ATTACKS #3 (OF 5)
BACKTRACK #2 (
BAD RECEPTION #4
BANG #2 (OF 5)
BATMAN #91
BATMAN UNIVERSE HC
BITTER ROOT #7 CVR A GREENE
BLACK STARS ABOVE #5
BLOOD REALM VOL 3 #1
BLOODSHOT (2019) TP VOL 02
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 FACSIMILE EDITION
BUNGO STRAY DOGS GN VOL 14
CAPTAIN AMERICA #20
MARVELS AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
CAPTAIN MARVEL #16
CANOPUS #2
CAVEWOMAN SPELLBINDER #1
CHRONONAUTS TP VOL 02
COMPLETE WORKS OF FANTE BUKOWSKI HC
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #14
CONAN THE BARBARIAN TP VOL 02
COWBOY HC
CRIMSON SCORPION #1
DCEASED UNKILLABLES #2 (OF 3)
DEADPOOL #4
DIE DIE DIE #9
DIVINICA #5
DOCTOR TOMORROW #2 (OF 5)
DOG EATERS #6
DRAGON WHISPERER #1
DRAGON AGE BLUE WRAITH #3 (OF 3)
FAMILY TREE #5
FANTASTIC FOUR #20
FIREFLY #15 CVR A MAIN ASPINALL
GARFIELD TP GARZILLA (C: 0-1-2)
GHOST-SPIDER #8
GODS AND GEARS #3
GOLD DIGGER #271
GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #4 (OF 8) CVR A
GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #4 (OF 8CVR B
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3
HARDCORE RELOADED #4 (OF 5)
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE MULTIVER
HEARTBEAT #5 (OF 5)
HEIST HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #5
HEXAGON #1
I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS GN NETFLIX ED
HOTELL #1 (OF 4)
IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 06
ICYMI #13
ICYMI #14
INVADER ZIM #50
IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY #11
2020 IRON AGE #1
JIA & THE NIAN MONSTER TP (C: 0-1-2)
DOLLAR COMICS JLA #1
DOLLAR COMICS JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 1987
JUSTICE LEAGUE #43
KEVIN EASTMAN TOTALLY TWISTED TALES TP
LOW LOW WOODS #4 (OF 6)
LUCIFER #18
LUMBERJANES #72
2020 MACHINE MAN #2 (OF 2)
MARVELS 25TH ANNIVERSARY HC
MARVELS X #3 (OF 6)
MAUS 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOXED SET
MIDDLEWEST #16
MOB PSYCHO 100 TP VOL 04
MONEY SHOT TP
MORE FAR OUT FAIRY TALES 5 FULL COLOR GN
MORBIUS #5
NOMEN OMEN TP VOL 01
NOT DRUNK ENOUGH GN VOL 02
NOTES CASE OF MELANCHOLIA OR A LITTLE DEATH HC
OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI TP VOL 04
OUTLAWED #1
OVER THE ROPES #4 (OF 5)
PLANET COMICS #1
PLUNGE #2 (OF 6)
POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU MOVIE GN
POWER RANGERS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4
PREDATOR HUNTERS III #2 (OF 4)
PRETTY DEADLY TP VOL 03 THE RAT
PUNISHER SOVIET #5 (OF 6)
RED BORDER #1 (OF 4) (MR)
RED MOTHER #4
RED SONJA AGE OF CHAOS #3
RESISTANCE #1 (OF 6)
RISE ZELPHIRE HC BOOK 03 HEART OF EVIL
ROBIN 80TH ANNIV 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1
RUNAWAYS #31
MARVEL TALES SILVER SURFER #1
SCREAMING HORROR #1
SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN #6
SPAWN #306
STABBITY BUNNY #10
AMAZING MARY JANE #6
MARVEL ACTION SPIDER-MAN (2020) #2
STAR WARS #4
STAR WARS TP VOL 13 ROGUES AND REBELS
STARSHIP DOWN #1 (OF 4)
SUPERMAN TP VOL 02
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #9 (OF 12)
TARTARUS #2
TEEN TITANS #40
KING THOR TP
THOR #229 FACSIMILE EDITION
TITANS GIANT #1
TRANSFORMERS #19
TREES TP VOL 03
TRUE BELIEVERS EMPYRE ANELLE #1
TRUE BELIEVERS EMPYRE GALACTUS #1
TRUE BELIEVERS EMPYRE HULKLING #1
TRUE BELIEVERS EMPYRE QUOI #1
TRUE BELIEVERS EMPYRE SWORDSMAN #1
UNBOUND #5 (OF 5)
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #5
UNDONE BY BLOOD #2
USAGI YOJIMBO #9
VAGRANT QUEEN PLANET CALLED DOOM #3
VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #9
VAMPIRELLA #9
VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #8
V CARD #3
VISITOR #4 (OF 6)
WASTED SPACE #15
WICKED THINGS #1
WITCHBLADE #18
EXCALIBUR #9 DX
X-FORCE #9 DX
X-MEN AVENGERS TP VOL 01 ONSLAUGHT
X-MEN MILESTONES TP MESSIAH COMPLEX
X-RAY ROBOT #1 (OF 4)
YEAR OF THE VILLAIN HELL ARISEN #4

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