Diamond Comic Distributors and Alternative Comics have reached an agreement naming Diamond as the exclusive U.S. and non-exclusive worldwide distributor of the publisher's English-language titles to the bookstore, library, warehouse club, mass merchandise, and specialty markets. The deal allows Alternative Comics to continue selling its products through certain other specialty market venues.
Alternative Comics' flagship Indy Magazine began its critically acclaimed publication in 1993 as the guide to the world of independent comic books.
After six years in print, Alternative Comics moved Indy Magazine exclusively to the web in 1998 as the company focused on publishing a broad range of alternative comic book titles including work by Graham Annable, Gabrielle Bell, Nick Bertozzi, Ed Brubaker, Leela Corman, Assaf and Tomer Hanuka, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Sam Henderson, James Kochalka, David Lasky, Jon Lewis, Matt Madden, Josh Neufeld, Jen Sorensen, Robert Ullman, Sara Varon, and Steven Weissman.
Alternative Comics produces some of the most original and intelligent alternative titles in the business today," said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. "Diverse, artistic, and flat-out cool, its line-up of books includes everything from Titans of Finance to Magic Whistle to the critically acclaimed 9-11: Emergency Relief."
"Over the past two years we've experienced a substantial increase in the demand for our titles," said Alternative Comics Publisher Jeff Mason, "Book stores and libraries have been increasingly catering to the public interest for alternative comic books. This agreement ensures our ability to provide the widest possible audience for our artists and creative works."
Diamond's Sales Team will begin working with bookstores, book wholesalers, warehouse clubs, mass merchandisers, and libraries to place Alternative's books across the country. "Alternative Comics has been pushing the boundaries of graphic literature for years," Schanes added, "and we look forward to helping to introduce its unique vision of comics to mainstream markets."