The Comics Journal #229 (December 2000) [Fantagraphics Books, Inc.]
On Wednesday Dec. 13, 2000, retailers buying from Diamond Comics Distribution put this issue of TCJ on their shelves. Interestingly, Diamond was on the inside as well. Two stories lead off the news section of the issue.
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The Department of Justice investigation was about the virtual monopoly that Diamond had become in the Direct Market. The DOJ decided not to take any further action. This result was expected in the industry despite Diamond's exclusive deals with the major publishers as retailers could get the same comics via newsstand distributors. To this day, Diamond's exclusives preclude any other distributor from challenging them in the Direct Market.
The other significant news was about Marv Wolfman's claim to Blade and Kramer's arrest.
The other highlights of the issue were the Dan DeCarlo interview and the beginning of Ted White's column: