Exhibit A Press, which publishes Batton Lash's long-running Supernatural Law series and its collected trade paperbacks, has signed with Seven Hills Book Distributors as its exclusive book trade distributor. Exhibit A had previously been represented by LPC Group, as part of a consortium of publishers known as Graphic Interface.
"We had formed Graphic Interface in 2000 with four other publishers as a way to become an LPC account," said Jackie Estrada, co-publisher of Exhibit A. "However, before LPC even announced its bankruptcy, GI and LPC had reached a mutual parting of the ways."
Estrada and Lash attended Book Expo America in May, where they met with several potential distributors. "After talking with Greg Hatfield at Seven Hills and then hearing all the good things other publishers had to say about them, we knew we had found a new home for our titles," said Estrada.
As far as Seven Hills is concerned, "We are delighted to have Exhibit A join our list of client publishers," said Hatfield. "They publish exactly the type of graphic novels we seek to bring to the book trade: smart, literate, and creative."
Seven Hills, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a major distributor of international and small press titles to the book trade for more than 25 years. It currently represents around 85 publishers.
Exhibit A has been publishing Lash's Supernatural Law since 1994. An outgrowth of the cartoonist's newspaper strip "Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre," the comic book features the cases of Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd, lawyers whose clients are vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and other thingies that go bump in the night. Exhibit A has two trades currently available for the bookstore market: Sonovawitch! And Other Tales of Supernatural Law and The Vampire Brat, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law.
Both are 176 pages and retail for $14.95. A new trade, Tales of Supernatural Law, is planned for Spring 2003 publication.