The brick and mortar retailers that make up the comic book industry's direct market are struggling. Though the reasons for this struggle stem from a cocktail of factors -- evolving consumer habits, online piracy, rising cover prices, distribution difficulties and an overall uncertain economy -- it's clear that the current cornerstone of comic book sales is in the midst of change
DC Comics' "New 52" relaunch officially kicks off at midnight and nearly 60 North American retailers are ready and waiting to transition readers from Flashpoint into the all-new DCU. Does your local comic shop have designs on putting a print copy of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's flagship Justice League #1 into your hands as the clock strikes 12:01? Our own Andy Khouri will be attending Meltdown Comics' LA midnight madness event, while CA contributor Chris Murphy will be kicking it at Midtown Comics' New York City event that features appearances by Johns and Lee. Hit the jump for an official list
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