Founded by Cory Jones (ex Blizzard), John Nee (ex DC) Scott Gaeta (ex Upper Deck) and some other folks, Cryptozoic Entertainment is a newish company with strong roots and, from what we heard at SDCC, lots of things in the works. They’re putting out a Walking Dead board game, and have signed with Diamond for distribution. Could there be more products in the works? Keep an eye on them.
Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, today announced it has signed a special distribution agreement with Cryptozoic Entertainment to exclusively distribute The Walking Dead Board Game to the book market worldwide.
Founded in March 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment has been dedicated since its inception to the motto “Fans First.” Most renowned for its manufacturing of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, Cryptozoic also publishes comics, games, and other trading cards. Their latest offering is The Walking Dead Board Game, based upon author Robert Kirkman’s bestselling comic book and AMC TV-series, The Walking Dead. In the game, players will have to stay safe while at the same time scouring Atlanta for supplies and protecting their loved ones. Should they fail, they return as zombies and the new objective is to make the other players zombies, too.
“We really have a unique selection of products, from our Walking Dead Board Game to our Big Bang Theory Trading Cards, to our World of Warcraft Manga,” Said Cory Jones, President of Cryptozoic Entertainment. “Partnering with Diamond will give us the ability to distribute our products to a much larger audience, and help apply our belief ‘Fans First’.”
“We are delighted to be working with Cryptozoic Entertainment, and anticipate a great partnership and even greater market potential for their diverse line of products,” said Bill Schanes, Diamond’s VP-Purchasing. “We are confident that Cryptozoic will be an invaluable addition and we are looking forward to helping them promote their Walking Dead Board Game.”
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