BUSINESS: Archaia signs new deal with Diamond Book Distributors
Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC and Diamond Book Distributors (“DBD”) have announced a renewed agreement to distribute the publisher’s library of graphic novels and books to both domestic and international book trade markets, effective as of August 31st, 2012. Included among the catalog are many award-winning backlist titles that have yet to be exposed to an international audience, such as Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Cow Boy, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, and a lineup of exciting frontlist titles that promise to appeal to readerships worldwide, including Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, Iron: Or, the War After, and Cursed Pirate Girl. This agreement will unify all of Archaia’s print distribution channels under one roof, supplementing their existing agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors for fulfillment within the direct comic market.
“Archaia’s titles have always appealed to a wide range of audiences, including both traditional comic readers and non-comic readers, and we are excited to bring our library to as wide an audience as possible,” said PJ Bickett, Archaia’s President and CEO. “By expanding our relationship with Diamond in the direct market to include their knowledgeable sales expertise within the book trade, we can look forward to introducing our titles to new segments of the marketplace who may currently be unfamiliar with our library. Our creators are among the best and brightest in the industry, and their work deserves to be appreciated by fans of the medium, and fans of good storytelling, around the world.”
“We are very pleased Archaia has expanded our relationship and entrusted us once again with their key book trade business,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “As a book distributor, our key focus is on graphic novels and we look forward to working with Archaia to expand their sales and promote their best-selling line of graphic novels.”
About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Bolivar, Rust, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t it Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. So far in 2012, Archaia has been further honored with six Harvey Award nominations, six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards, and both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In addition to publication, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website at www.archaia.com.
About Diamond Book Distributors (DBD)
DBD is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise available to bookstores, online retailers, libraries, schools, mass merchants and other general retailers globally. DBD is the home to a number of world-class publishers including Dark Horse, Image Comics, Oni Press, and now Archaia Entertainment. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.