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Diamond Comic Distributors has signed a multi-year deal with Benitez Productions to be the exclusive distributor of the publisher’s comics and graphic novels. The agreement includes worldwide distribution rights into comic book specialty stores, and into bookstores, libraries, mass-market chains, and other specialty outlets under the banner of Diamond’s book market division, Diamond Book Distributors.

“Diamond has been instrumental in our growth in the comic book market for the past several years. They were an obvious choice to partner with when we decided to expand into the book market,” said creator Joe Benitez.

As publisher of some of the best-selling independent creator-owned comics in the industry, Joe Benitez has been self-publishing with Benitez Productions since 2014. Lady Mechanika and Wraithborn have been the publisher’s flagship titles, meeting with both critical and commercial success. Last month saw the release of Lady Mechanika: La Dama De La Muerte #1, which ranked as the #5 best-selling small press title for September.

In the October PREVIEWS catalog, retailers and fans can pre-order The Lady Mechanika Steampunk Coloring Book, an all ages coloring book featuring goggles, gears, and of course the elegantly dressed half-human half-machine Victorian heroine herself.

“We welcome Benitez Productions to our family of publishers,” said Tim Lenaghan, Diamond’s Executive Director of Purchasing. “”They have a commitment to quality publishing and have unique projects that fill a void in both comic and graphic novel publishing.”

Customers and fans looking to pre-order Benitez Productions titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com.

Current retailers interested in ordering Benitez Productions titles are encouraged to contact their Diamond account representative, while new retailers should contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com.

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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