Big things are happening with AHOY Comics today, as the publisher announced a new distribution deal with Diamond and also set release dates for its first wave of comics collected in trades.
The distribution deal means that Diamond Book Distributors will exclusively distribute AHOY’s trades to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors will handle its product within the direct market for comic shops. At the same time, AHOY has now set release dates for its first rounds of trades, which are as follows according to a press release this morning from the company:
The Wrong Earth, Volume 1 is set to hit comic shops on May 1 and bookstores on May 14.
Captain Ginger, Volume 1 is set to hit comic shops on June 5 and bookstores on June 18.
- High Heaven, Volume 1 is set to hit comic shops on June 19 and bookstores on July 2.
AHOY is an independent Syracuse-based publisher that was first announced last June. It was founded by Hart Seely, an accomplished and award-winning journalist whose humor and satire writing has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. Joining Seely in this new venture have been a pair of founding editors of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, those being Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore; as well as Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso.
AHOY most recently made headlines after the forthcoming comic Second Coming from writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace left Vertigo to reportedly avoid potential censorship issues and found a home at AHOY. Second Coming is currently slated for release from AHOY on July 10.
The full press release from the publisher can be found below:
Diamond Book Distributors, the industry’s leading source for graphic novels and a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with AHOY Comics. Diamond Book Distributors will exclusively distribute AHOY Comics trade paperbacks to the traditional book market, while Diamond Comic Distributors will distribute the books to the comic book specialty market.
The independent, Syracuse-based publisher was founded by Hart Seely, an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. In recent weeks, AHOY Comics acquired the publishing rights to the controversial comic book series, SECOND COMING, the satirical comic book series in which Jesus Christ resumes His Holy Mission. In the series by The New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artist Richard Pace, God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus Christ as his roommate and teach him how to use His power in a… more powerful way. SECOND COMING will be released on July 10, ahead of San Diego Comic Con and following the release of the HIGH HEAVEN trade paperback.
“We’re publishing a superhero parody, an intergalactic epic featuring cats, and not one but two thoughtful satires of contemporary religion,” said AHOY Comics Publisher Hart Seely. “Our publishing line is diverse and eclectic and we’re looking forward to readers discovering these books in comic shops and bookstores this year.”
“We are excited at the opportunity to expand our partnership with AHOY Comics and foresee great market potential for their graphic novel line,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing, Tim Lenaghan. “Their continued effort to provide top-quality products is an asset we value, and we’re greatly looking forward to working with them to promote and sell their line of books.”
“We’re building a reputation as a quality publishing house that offers smart, funny stories and beautiful artwork,” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “We believe very strongly in comics for comics’ sake.”
Timed to today’s announcement, AHOY Comics officially announced the release dates for its first three trade paperback collections. THE WRONG EARTH, the acclaimed superhero satire that introduced fan favorites Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, will be available in book form in comic stores across the country on May 1, ahead of the release of the company’s Free Comic Book Day title entitled DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1.
By writer Tom Peyer, penciller Jamal Igle, inker Juan Castro, colorist Andy Troy and letterer Rob Steen. Featuring extra content by Paul Constant, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine, Tom Feister and others. Introduction by Tom Scocca.
On dark, gritty Earth-Omega, masked vigilante Dragonfly punishes evil maniacs and evades corrupt authorities. On sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, costumed crook-catcher Dragonflyman upholds the letter of the law. Now they’re trapped on each other’s worlds, where even the good guys don’t share their values! This volume also collects all the original Stinger, Dragonfly and Dragonflyman backup stories, plus extra behind-the-scenes features.
“If you love superheroes, you NEED this. If you HATE superheroes, this will change your mind.” ― Mark Millar
“Wildly entertaining” — 13TH DIMENSION
On sale in comic shops on May 1, 2019; On sale in bookstores on May 14, 2019
192 page trade paperback; $19.99 US/$25.99 CAN
CAPTAIN GINGER Volume 1
By writer Stuart Moore, penciller June Brigman, inker Roy Richardson, colorist Veronica Gandini and letterer Comicraft.
Now in one volume: the acclaimed tale of a starship run by cats! The intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe—and their own worst feline instincts. Featuring the entire original miniseries, plus two rare extra stories and a sketchbook of character designs. Introduction by Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarok).
“This book is steeped in cat lore, cat behavior, and cat knowledge.” ― Walter Simonson, from his introduction
“So wonderfully trippy and science fiction-y it reminds readers what it is about sci-fi that they love.” ― ADVENTURES IN POOR TASTE
On sale in comic shops on June 5, 2019; On sale in bookstores on June 18, 2019
128 page trade paperback; $15.99 US / $20.99 CAN
HIGH HEAVEN Volume 1
By writer Tom Peyer, artist Greg Scott, colorist Andy Troy and letterer Rob Steen. Covers by Richard Williams.
Collecting the acclaimed tale of chronic malcontent David Weathers, who dies and goes to Heaven—where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. A savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (Hourman, Batman ’66) with art by Greg Scott (Black Hood, X-Files). Features the entire five-issue series plus a bonus illustrated script feature with commentary by Peyer.
“Thoughtful and clever.” ―PORTLAND OREGONIAN
“Delightfully depressing… The dark humor in this is great. If superheroes are not your thing, but a thought-provoking story is, give it a try.” — MAJOR SPOILERS
On sale in comic shops on June 19, 2019; On sale in bookstores on July 2, 2019
128 page trade paperback; $15.99 US / $20.99 CA
Fantastic news for these CNY entrepreneurs/creators!
And for readers as well. Ahoy Books has become my favorite indie publisher within months.
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