Oni Press has teamed with Simon & Schuster for worldwide distribution for the publisher’s comic books and graphic novels.
Under the agreement, sales and distribution will commence on March 1, 2018, bringing Oni Press’s wide range of publications to a larger marketplace of readers. Oni Press’s catalog includes popular comic books and graphic novels based on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™ and Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM, in addition to their line of critically-acclaimed original titles including Scott Pilgrim, Princess Princess Ever After, Lucky Penny, Courtney Crumrin, The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Wet Moon, Letter 44, The Coldest City and Kaijumax.
Recently, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Gearino, author of Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture. During the conversation, the rise of the direct market distribution and its impact on publishers was discussed. While there are still a number of direct market comic book distributors, few of them have the worldwide reach of Simon & Schuster. With the success of the above mentioned titles, Oni Press is smart in looking beyond the United States of America to market its wares.
“When I first joined Joe Nozemack at Oni Press, it was clear we were doing something different. We have long known that our catalog appeals to a broader audience, so we have always worked to push the comic book medium beyond the direct market,” said James Lucas Jones, Publisher, Oni Press. “Working with Simon & Schuster’s incredible team, we are elated to bring our books to new readers, retailers, and libraries.”