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by Icefanatic
Icefanatic Avatar
New Iceman statue available for pre-order from Iron Studios.





Or get it as part of a set with special mods to form a MASSIVE diorama...

geekculture.co/archangel-storm-shadowcat-front-90s-x-men-vs-sentinel-3-deluxe-iron-studios-1-10-scale-statue/

https://ironstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/White-27.jpg


Includes Sentinel, Archangel, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm and Shadowcat (full set exclusive)

I wish I had the spare cash, that thing is frickin' awesome!
by Icefanatic
New Iceman statue available for pre-order from Iron Studios.

by ABP NEWS


Steve Geppi Addresses Coronavirus’ Effect on Distribution

A Message from Steve Geppi,
Chairman & CEO,
Geppi Family Enterprises
Founder, Diamond Comic Distributors


CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION

As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.

EFFECTS ON DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers. It’s unlikely that orders will be filled on the same day they are placed, and these plans are subject to change if any point we no longer feel that we can safeguard our teams while fulfilling orders.

Product distributed by Diamond UK and slated for an on-sale date of March 25th or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Further updates with regard to reorders and other Diamond UK-specific information will be communicated directly to their customers as information becomes available.

EFFECTS ON ALLIANCE GAME DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Alliance has been shipping from our Fort Wayne, IN and Austin, TX warehouses. Both are closing at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 24th, in the interest of employee safety and to comply with direction from local governments. Any orders not shipped by that time will not be processed until further notice. Your dedicated sales team will still be working remotely and help you with any orders you’d like to place today or questions you may have.

OUR SHARED PATH FORWARD

With these changes in our distribution strategy, we will work with our publishing partners to develop programs that will address product already in the pipeline and what will happen when we resume distribution. We know that during this time you will face many challenges, and we will direct our energies toward addressing them, rather than fighting on increasingly numerous fronts to get product out.

For those retailers who remain open in various forms, I encourage you let loose your own creativity. For the time being, you will be able to replenish your perennials from Diamond and/or Alliance, but you should also remember the stock you already have in your stores. If your doors remain open, it’s likely you will have customers who will continue to seek diversion from events of the world. Special sales, promotions, and even eBay can help you bring in cash during this trying time. Product for which you’ve already paid may well hold some of your answers. There have been many solid suggestions offered about how to help our retailers, and we will bring many of them together in future communications.

Besides the industry’s most immediate needs, we have been and will continue looking toward the future, when we see stores reopening, bringing staff back onboard, and getting customers in the door. We are looking at issues like debt accrued due to this crisis, what reduced ordering means for your discount tiers, and the availability of credit to help stores through and after this difficult time. We don’t have all those answers today, but we understand the many issues you are facing and look forward to addressing them as partners who all have an interest in the long-term health of the industry we love so much.

As I mentioned in my last update, this industry has been one of the greatest joys of my life, from my days as a collector to a retailer to today. I and my Leadership Team have made these decisions knowing full-well the effect this will have on all of you, as well as our publishing partners and our own team members around the world. At the end of the day, the safety and security of our teams and yours, along with the many customers we all serve, is paramount. I again thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Thank You,

Steve Geppi

Chairman & CEO, Geppi Family Enterprises

link


by Icefanatic
Icefanatic Avatar
Coded a new CSS rule that will make the sidebar on the right disappear on screens less than 1000 pixels, that should make it easier for people using the desktop browser view(as opposed to the mobile view or the Tapatalk app) on smaller devices. Any issues or problems please let me know.

I changed that to make the sidebar on the right disappear at 1200 pixels or less a little bit back. Also coded an alternate small mini-profile that appears above posts while the larger one usually beside them disappears on screens 1000 pixels or less. Just did something similar to the two columns on our homepage displaying as one on screens 1000 pixels or less. I'll likely be tweaking a few other things to make the forum more responsive as well.

Icefanatic Avatar
I have replaced the big "Send Personal Message" button in the mini profile with a simple 'PM' link in the quick link bar below where it was.

So...

Threads | Posts | Activity

is now...

Threads | Posts | Activity | PM

I later changed 'PM' to 'DM' for 'direct message a while ago, to bring the forum more in line with other social media.
by Icefanatic


https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cb/f4/47/cbf4476631296d5b244832bca25ff5cf.jpg
by Icefanatic
It makes more sense considering those people were responsible for Kitty's death. I would imagine if not for Bishop being there to hold him back a bit, that Iceman would have killed all of them. Sadly he will almost certainly be back to being a joke/gay caricature the next issue.

One good thing... Kitty dying fits my theory that her and the 'real' Bobby are fated to be together, and that he is in the Outer Void. Only two ways to get there... A living being can get there by being erased from existence, as Iceman was when he was erased as a consequence of time-travel in the story that first introduced the cosmic abstract Oblivion and his realm. The other way to get there is by dying and having your soul 'harvested' by Oblivion. The Outer Void is, after all, a death realm...
by neko
I like it too. I like this Iceman, a little hardcore but I'm okay with that.
by profezzorx
I like it... We finally get to see another darker side of Iceman using his powers in nefarious ways for a change. At least it's taking attention away from his God awful gay personality.
by Icefanatic
HTTPS switchover is site-wide as of now. Any issues with the forum please let me know.
by Icefanatic
Marauders #8

If you haven't been following Marauders, or Marvel's advertising...

https://insidepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Marauders-11-May-2020.jpg


The current iteration of Iceman just found out, and after seven issues of being depicted as a joke and a gay caricature...


https://2.bp.blogspot.com/s_gCTQy78-D_lAWBAg6db2-iFJEZe7dmFD7w1FFSu9HBrCXNDN47PGb-pk_ZDiyyK45TkC6xbCBileZHbSZnWAcBAeDtHNfmGT5Wh3OaywWwvPKk-vdkIGqFd3TYR6xkswPdE3CdLg=s1600

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/Wr8WiTJH16vmpj9URP0K_2YQMboGVrFR5vYXX9PfupYZ6ElrJndeio_XUFqOeI5b1ACKmkXFbvaYt1iTzUogmHdESg8XxQHHQ6e1JFW2Wf2MoY7N0B4IIPAQYaPHs0Bd6Py4TfRkvA=s1600

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/CZ3q0sDg9nvN7VxJtVryUmhsKO9GBwEx7B1zI7vHFGTRQY_k0OuekLOrOzHBKC6v1ANat_Q2pBxubf-fh_Eb-ThTFw0w_yQDTELDsdpPsFbFgecYB1KPpz4zuMi_yrJ8u1ZmLsmiqQ=s1600


It's about six pages of total badassery by Iceman(I'm just posting the highlights), which shows they could have done much better by the gay version of Iceman the past few years, they just chose not to. Sadly, I'm sure he will be back to the joke/caricature by next issue...

Recent Posts

by Icefanatic
Icefanatic Avatar
New Iceman statue available for pre-order from Iron Studios.





Or get it as part of a set with special mods to form a MASSIVE diorama...

geekculture.co/archangel-storm-shadowcat-front-90s-x-men-vs-sentinel-3-deluxe-iron-studios-1-10-scale-statue/

https://ironstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/White-27.jpg


Includes Sentinel, Archangel, Iceman, Psylocke, Storm and Shadowcat (full set exclusive)

I wish I had the spare cash, that thing is frickin' awesome!
by Icefanatic
New Iceman statue available for pre-order from Iron Studios.

by ABP NEWS


Steve Geppi Addresses Coronavirus’ Effect on Distribution

A Message from Steve Geppi,
Chairman & CEO,
Geppi Family Enterprises
Founder, Diamond Comic Distributors


CORONAVIRUS EFFECTS ON DISTRIBUTION

As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly product until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.

EFFECTS ON DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers. It’s unlikely that orders will be filled on the same day they are placed, and these plans are subject to change if any point we no longer feel that we can safeguard our teams while fulfilling orders.

Product distributed by Diamond UK and slated for an on-sale date of March 25th or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. Further updates with regard to reorders and other Diamond UK-specific information will be communicated directly to their customers as information becomes available.

EFFECTS ON ALLIANCE GAME DISTRIBUTORS

Product distributed by Alliance has been shipping from our Fort Wayne, IN and Austin, TX warehouses. Both are closing at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 24th, in the interest of employee safety and to comply with direction from local governments. Any orders not shipped by that time will not be processed until further notice. Your dedicated sales team will still be working remotely and help you with any orders you’d like to place today or questions you may have.

OUR SHARED PATH FORWARD

With these changes in our distribution strategy, we will work with our publishing partners to develop programs that will address product already in the pipeline and what will happen when we resume distribution. We know that during this time you will face many challenges, and we will direct our energies toward addressing them, rather than fighting on increasingly numerous fronts to get product out.

For those retailers who remain open in various forms, I encourage you let loose your own creativity. For the time being, you will be able to replenish your perennials from Diamond and/or Alliance, but you should also remember the stock you already have in your stores. If your doors remain open, it’s likely you will have customers who will continue to seek diversion from events of the world. Special sales, promotions, and even eBay can help you bring in cash during this trying time. Product for which you’ve already paid may well hold some of your answers. There have been many solid suggestions offered about how to help our retailers, and we will bring many of them together in future communications.

Besides the industry’s most immediate needs, we have been and will continue looking toward the future, when we see stores reopening, bringing staff back onboard, and getting customers in the door. We are looking at issues like debt accrued due to this crisis, what reduced ordering means for your discount tiers, and the availability of credit to help stores through and after this difficult time. We don’t have all those answers today, but we understand the many issues you are facing and look forward to addressing them as partners who all have an interest in the long-term health of the industry we love so much.

As I mentioned in my last update, this industry has been one of the greatest joys of my life, from my days as a collector to a retailer to today. I and my Leadership Team have made these decisions knowing full-well the effect this will have on all of you, as well as our publishing partners and our own team members around the world. At the end of the day, the safety and security of our teams and yours, along with the many customers we all serve, is paramount. I again thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Thank You,

Steve Geppi

Chairman & CEO, Geppi Family Enterprises

link


by Icefanatic
Icefanatic Avatar
Coded a new CSS rule that will make the sidebar on the right disappear on screens less than 1000 pixels, that should make it easier for people using the desktop browser view(as opposed to the mobile view or the Tapatalk app) on smaller devices. Any issues or problems please let me know.

I changed that to make the sidebar on the right disappear at 1200 pixels or less a little bit back. Also coded an alternate small mini-profile that appears above posts while the larger one usually beside them disappears on screens 1000 pixels or less. Just did something similar to the two columns on our homepage displaying as one on screens 1000 pixels or less. I'll likely be tweaking a few other things to make the forum more responsive as well.

Icefanatic Avatar
I have replaced the big "Send Personal Message" button in the mini profile with a simple 'PM' link in the quick link bar below where it was.

So...

Threads | Posts | Activity

is now...

Threads | Posts | Activity | PM

I later changed 'PM' to 'DM' for 'direct message a while ago, to bring the forum more in line with other social media.
by Icefanatic


https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cb/f4/47/cbf4476631296d5b244832bca25ff5cf.jpg
by Icefanatic
It makes more sense considering those people were responsible for Kitty's death. I would imagine if not for Bishop being there to hold him back a bit, that Iceman would have killed all of them. Sadly he will almost certainly be back to being a joke/gay caricature the next issue.

One good thing... Kitty dying fits my theory that her and the 'real' Bobby are fated to be together, and that he is in the Outer Void. Only two ways to get there... A living being can get there by being erased from existence, as Iceman was when he was erased as a consequence of time-travel in the story that first introduced the cosmic abstract Oblivion and his realm. The other way to get there is by dying and having your soul 'harvested' by Oblivion. The Outer Void is, after all, a death realm...
by neko
I like it too. I like this Iceman, a little hardcore but I'm okay with that.
by profezzorx
I like it... We finally get to see another darker side of Iceman using his powers in nefarious ways for a change. At least it's taking attention away from his God awful gay personality.
by Icefanatic
HTTPS switchover is site-wide as of now. Any issues with the forum please let me know.
by Icefanatic
Marauders #8

If you haven't been following Marauders, or Marvel's advertising...

https://insidepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Marauders-11-May-2020.jpg


The current iteration of Iceman just found out, and after seven issues of being depicted as a joke and a gay caricature...


https://2.bp.blogspot.com/s_gCTQy78-D_lAWBAg6db2-iFJEZe7dmFD7w1FFSu9HBrCXNDN47PGb-pk_ZDiyyK45TkC6xbCBileZHbSZnWAcBAeDtHNfmGT5Wh3OaywWwvPKk-vdkIGqFd3TYR6xkswPdE3CdLg=s1600

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/Wr8WiTJH16vmpj9URP0K_2YQMboGVrFR5vYXX9PfupYZ6ElrJndeio_XUFqOeI5b1ACKmkXFbvaYt1iTzUogmHdESg8XxQHHQ6e1JFW2Wf2MoY7N0B4IIPAQYaPHs0Bd6Py4TfRkvA=s1600

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/CZ3q0sDg9nvN7VxJtVryUmhsKO9GBwEx7B1zI7vHFGTRQY_k0OuekLOrOzHBKC6v1ANat_Q2pBxubf-fh_Eb-ThTFw0w_yQDTELDsdpPsFbFgecYB1KPpz4zuMi_yrJ8u1ZmLsmiqQ=s1600


It's about six pages of total badassery by Iceman(I'm just posting the highlights), which shows they could have done much better by the gay version of Iceman the past few years, they just chose not to. Sadly, I'm sure he will be back to the joke/caricature by next issue...

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