And now, a potential game-changer: NYC comic book store Midtown Comics has announced local comic book delivery on Wednesdays. In a city willing to pay $3000 for 10 cronuts, this seems like a no-brainer; but what's most fascinating is that this hits squarely between visiting your local shop, and a subscription service... And most importantly, seems like a shot across the bow at the convenience of digital services like Comixology.
Here's the official release from Midtown and Zipments, the service that's making this all possible:
WEDNESDAY LOCAL COMIC BOOK DELIVERY SERVICE IN NYC!
Midtown Comics, the largest comic book retailer in the U.S., and Zipments, a premiere on-demand delivery network in NYC, announce a breakthrough partnership allowing for Wednesday local delivery service of new comic books, magazines and graphic novels in NYC. Midtown Comics shoppers can now get new releases delivered to them as soon as they are available, straight to their home or office.
“We’re thrilled to partner-up with Zipments to pioneer Wednesday comic book delivery service in NYC. It’s long overdue, and we’re getting tremendous feedback from fans who are sometimes unable to leave their home or workplace to get their new titles on Wednesday," stated Gerry Gladston, CMO and co-owner, Midtown Comics
As every comic book fan knows, new releases happen every Wednesday and titles are announced the week prior. The Midtown Comics/Zipments partnership will allow customers to place new release orders Wednesday evening through the following Tuesday morning on Midtown Comics' online store. Fans will automatically have their titles delivered every Wednesday, the first day new releases are available. Customers can choose comics from a 5 week range and books will be hand-delivered by Zipments using protected, secure cases to any workplace or home in Manhattan (Battery Park to 125th Street).
"Zipments is committed to providing retailers with a comprehensive solution for fast and affordable local delivery," said Liesl Chang, General Manager at Zipments. "We're proud to be partnering with Midtown Comics, a leader in the comic book industry and one of NYC's marquee retailers. By integrating with Midtown Comics' huge online store and offering our same day delivery services at checkout, comic aficionados now have an easy and fun way to get their much anticipated new releases before they even hit the shelves." Midtown Comics is offering an introductory $4.99 delivery fee for every customer's first order. The regular delivery fee is $9.99.