Press Release

Graphic novel publisher Lion Forge Comics has signed a distribution agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors naming Diamond the exclusive distributor to the comic book specialty market and book markets worldwide, including comic book specialty stores, book stores, mass-market merchandisers, libraries and other outlets.

The St. Louis-based publisher creates comics that inspire a fun sense of nostalgia and energetic original stories using exciting fresh talent. Lion Forge is perhaps best known for Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven, a graphic novel biography of wrestling legend Andre Roussimoff, written by Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton. Lion Forge appeals to comic readers of all ages with their Roar Comics imprint, which has produced Crystal Cadets, a series following the adventures of a group of teen girls using the powers of light to fight the forces of darkness.

Spotlighted in the February PREVIEWS catalog, Lion Forge introduces Madballs, a new ongoing comic series based on the popular gross-out 80’s toys, which follows the all-new adventures of Screamin’ Meemie, Brain Bash, Skullface, and the rest of Madballs. Comic fans can also pick up issue two of Lion Forge’s new series, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, based off of the classic ‘80s western/sci-fi animated series of the same name.

“As a lifelong comics reader, it’s important to me that Lion Forge titles are available to the incredible comic shops, bookstores, and libraries that serve as this industry’s backbone,” said Lion Forge CEO David Steward II. “I couldn’t be happier that we’re working with Diamond to make this happen; in a short time they’ve proven to be the perfect partner for our efforts to make our comics available to everyone.”
“We are excited to partner with Lion Forge and expand their reach worldwide,” said Diamond’s Executive Director of Purchasing Tim Lenaghan. “Their titles bring a new vibrant energy to the comics industry, and we look forward to a successful relationship with them.”

Customers looking to pre-order Lion Forge Comics titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com. New retailers interested in purchasing Lion Forge Comics titles are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001.
ABOUT LION FORGE COMICS— Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based transmedia studio with a focus on digital publishing. With both original and licensed titles, Lion Forge brings together the brightest talent to acquire and develop content and character franchises within the comic book, television, film, and interactive gaming industries. Lion Forge applies cinematic elements to each property to create compelling, story-driven experiences from start to finish, bringing unique entertainment experiences to both traditional and digital marketplaces. For more information, please visit lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook and Twitter pages.

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.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 globally to bookstores, libraries, schools, online retailers, mass merchants and others. DBD is the home to a number of world class publishers including IDW Publishing, publisher of 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Transformers; Image Comics, publisher The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew, and Morning Glories; Oni Press, Top Shelf Productions, and many others. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.

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