Official Press Release
San Diego, California (November 22, 2005) – Alias Comics, publishers of such popular titles as SIXGUN SAMURAI, 10th MUSE, and LULLABY, have recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. that will not only supply comic shops with the publisher's titles, but also bookstores across the country!
"There were several reasons we signed with them," said Alias publisher, Brett Burner, "but mostly because the deal fits best with our model of a company. They're working hard for us, and are going to help push our trades into the book market."
Diamond will also be taking on the burden of order fulfillment, among other functions, and therefore less labor and warehousing space will be required on the part of Alias. "This will help us focus on other, more important things," added Burner, "and that IS to the greatest benefit of our studios."
Another great advantage is that Diamond can help place Alias trades and graphic novels into bookstores everywhere, greatly expanding their exposure and sales. Currently, Diamond trade paperback and graphic novel solicitations for the book market run two months further out than the regular comics. As a result of this, Alias will push all currently expected releases of graphic novels and trades to coincide with bookstore releases over the summer of 2006 - beginning in May.
"It is a shame to have to do this with our October-December books, but it is a one-time setback whose result will be better overall sales for each title, therefore better circulation," said Burner.
Below is a tentative release schedule for when Alias TPBs and GNs could start appearing in bookstores everywhere.
( ** - available NOW in comic shops everywhere!)
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL – trade paperback: vol 1
IMAGINARIES: LOST & FOUND – trade paperback: vol 1
ED'S TERRESTRIALS ** (available in comic shops this November)
LULLABY WISDOM SEEKER – trade paperback: vol 1 **
PSI KIX – graphic novel: # 1 **
THE LEGEND OF ISIS: BEGINNINGS – trade paperback: vol 1**
10TH MUSE – trade paperback: vol 1 **
OZF5: GALE FORCE – one-shot **
JOHN CARPENTERS SNAKE PLISSKEN CHRONICLES – trade paperback: vol 1 **
LIONS TIGERS & BEARS – trade paperback
JOHNNY CARONTE: ZOMBIE DETECTIVE & REVOLVER – graphic novel: vol 1 **
10TH MUSE: ODYSSEY – graphic novel **
DAVID'S MIGHTY MEN – graphic novel **
SOULCATCHER – graphic novel **
LEGACY MANGA DIGEST – trade paperback: vol 1 **
LULLABY: ONCE UPON A TIME: PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN – graphic novel: vol 1
DANIEL – graphic novel
10TH MUSE: MANGA SIZED – trade paperback: vol 1
THE LEGEND OF ISIS – trade paperback: vol 2
JUDO GIRL – trade paperback: vol 1
DAVID SHEPHERDS SONG – trade paperback: vol 1 ** (available in comic shops this December)
PSI KIX – graphic novel: # 2
TED NOODLEMAN: BICYCLE DELIVERY BOY – trade paperback **
10TH MUSE: TRAGEDY STRIKES – trade paperback: vol 2
NOTICE: This early planned schedule is only tentative and subject to change. Please watch Alias and Diamond for any shipping changes.
"This is great for everyone at Alias," said 10th MUSE creator/writer, Darren G. Davis. "Signing exclusive with Diamond will not only strengthen our position in the comic book market, but it's also great to finally get our trades and graphic novels into bookstores where we can reach a whole new audience."
For more information on these great trades and other Alias titles, please visit your local comic book shop, or simply visit Alias online at http://www.aliasenterprises.com!