BOOM! Studios has reaffirmed their exclusivity with Diamond to comics shops throughout the world, according to this morning’s press release. BOOM! has experimented with other distributors in the past —such as a brief affair with Haven for second printings—but Haven went away so…back to Diamond. BOOM! also had distribution deals with Simon and Schuster for bookstores and backlist, but that may have run out.
Perusing the press release, BOOM!’s recent publishing seems to be focusing as much on kids comics, humor and even alternative creators as traditional licensed books—which is pretty awesome.
Surely all this will be discussed at next week’s Diamond Retailer Summit!
Diamond Comic Distributors has been named the exclusive distributor for BOOM! Entertainment to comic book specialty store markets worldwide.
Founded in 1995 by Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios publishes bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, PLANET OF THE APES, Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.
“Joining Diamond exclusively not only makes good business sense for BOOM!, but will better serve comic book specialty retailers in many ways,” said Ross Richie, BOOM! Entertainment’s Founder & CEO. “Retailers will see a better discount on our products as we will move from Diamond’s F Discount (45% off) to an E Discount (50% off); better fill rates on comic book reorders; and our entire graphic novel backlist inventory will now be available for immediate ordering.”
BOOM! titles will also be joining Diamond Digital, Diamond’s upcoming initiative to sell digital comics through brick-and-mortar comic book specialty stores.
“We are very proud to add BOOM! to our client roster,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “They have shown remarkable staying power and continue to produce top quality comics and graphic novels for the market. I expect retailers will take advantage of the change to order and stock even more BOOM! related titles and products.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.