Canadian-based publisher/editor Hope Nicholson has become quite force in comics over the last few years. Her Bedside Press has worked with creators including Margaret Atwood and Trina Robbins projects such as The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, A Minyun Yidn and the reprint of Canada’s legacy hero, Nelvana. She’s worked with a lot of exciting new talents and was also instrumental in putting together Atwood’s Angel Catbird at Dark Horse.
And now she’s teaming with Canadian publisher Renegade Arts Entertainment for distribution via their existing partners: Publishers Group Canada (Canada - PGC is part of Raincoast Books), Turnaround UK (Europe) and Diamond Comic Distribution (Direct Market).
According to the PR, Bedside Press will become a Renegade imprint while remaining editorially independent and under the ownership of Hope Nicholson.
So, a pretty sweet deal! And much deserved. More in the below PR:
Renegade Arts Entertainment is a Canadian publisher based in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Focusing on comics, graphic novels, illustrated children’s books and audiobooks, Renegade’s stories are in diverse genres from diverse voices.
Bedside Press is a Canadian publisher, based in Winnipeg, and known as a publisher of graphic novel and prose projects including the best-selling The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.
Hope Nicholson, owner of Bedside Press: “I’m very excited that Renegade is taking this chance on us. As a small publisher, distribution to bookstores and libraries is essential, and I’m glad that we are able to reach the audience for our books worldwide! Prairie publishers supporting each other is very important to me, and I’m looking forward to what the next few years brings. Renegade has a reputation for excellence and I couldn’t be more pleased with this opportunity.”
Alexander Finbow, EIC at Renegade: “Bedside Press has published impressive and important books, often taking a chance on titles that other publishers are too risk adverse to champion. Hope is committed to finding more great stories, and I am really happy to welcome her to the Renegade publishing family to help make Bedside’s books available to more readers.”
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.