Hermes, Diamond Sign Booktrade Agreement

Official Press Release

Hermes Press has selected Diamond Book Distributors as the exclusive U.S. and non-exclusive worldwide distributor of English-language editions of its titles to the bookstore, library, warehouse, mass merchandise, and comic book specialty markets.

While Hermes published its first title in 2001, the company has a longer, more storied past than that date would indicate. The brainchild (and labor of love) of Daniel Herman (a respected comic book fan and collector for more than 30 years), Hermes is dedicated to producing high-quality volumes that pay homage to great creators and their works. Thus far Gil Kane and Bill Sienkiewicz have been honored, through Gil Kane: Art and Interviews, Gil Kane: Art of the Comics, and Bill Sienkiewicz: Precursor. Upcoming titles will focus on popular artist Joe Chiodo and the art of the Silver Age of Comics.

Hermes is expanding its offerings by also announcing that it will reprint the entire Star Hawks newspaper strip from the late 1970s. The strip, with art by Gil Kane and scripted by science fiction author Ron Goulart ran in major newspapers all over North America from 1977-1981. The strip has never been reprinted in its entirety and Hermes will also reproduce all the Sunday versions of the strip in full color. Herman believes, "Star Hawks is the best science fiction strip to have been published in the last twenty-five years and it is time to make the entire strip available not only to fans of Gil Kane and Ron Goulart but also to whole new generation of readers who can enjoy the strip." Hermes will release Star Hawks for Christmas/2003.

"Every medium has its titans," said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes, "and Hermes does a great job of recognizing them and making sure that the world knows them and their work."

"Hermes Press has worked closely with fans and artists of comic book art to produce books that showcase the talents of artists who deserve recognition through our monographs and art books," Herman observed. Hermes' book on the artists of the silver age of comics relies on interviews conducted with over thirty of the artists who drew and crafted comic book stories from 1946 to 1968. The history of the silver age artists also uses the original artwork, much of which will be seen for the first time in the book, to illustrate "how really talented these artists were," Herman commented.

Diamond's Sales Team will begin working with bookstores, book wholesalers, warehouse clubs, mass merchandisers, and libraries to place Hermes titles across the country. "With books that reveal the very core of some of the industry's most respected talents, Hermes has crafted a line that will appeal to fans, scholars, and new readers alike," Schanes added.

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