Comic book store in Lincoln
Trade a Tape Comics is back up to 80% customer sales since the COVID-19 pandemic hit

Diamond Distribution, the sole comic distributor for Marvel, DC and Darkhorse closed for nearly six weeks beginning in the spring of 2020, which meant a lack of new releases. ICv2, a comic book trade publication showed a loss of 29% in national sales revenue from January 2020 into the summer.

Nationally, retailers were struggling to make money without new releases.

John Doan, owner of Trade-A-Tape Comics, and Tim Runge, manager of Rainbow Comics, discuss how these two Lincoln comic book stores fought through the shutdown and saw business rebound.


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