Official Press Release
Los Angeles February 13th, 2002 Book distributor LPC Group has signed to
be the exclusive trade distributor for Humanoids Publishing. Humanoids
Publishing specializes in comic trade paperbacks and hardcover graphic.
LPC Group is a Connecticut-based distributor of more than 80 independent
publishers, including 21 graphic novel publishers. Long specializing in pop
and alternative culture, LPC Group has quickly become the largest
distributor of graphic novels to the book trade. In the past four years,
LPC’s graphic novel sales have increased by over 100% per year, surpassing
one million graphic novels in 2001.
“Humanoids’ diverse line of European graphic novels really fill a special
niche that seems primed for growth,” said Michael Murphy, LPC Group’s Vice
President. “We’ve already seen a rapid growth of manga‹comics from Japan. I
think graphic novels from Europe will be next. And there’s nothing out there
like Humanoids’ line‹the great stories combined with unusually lush artwork
and book production create a really unique line that will be a pleasure to
Dave Olbrich, Humanoids Director of U.S. Publishing said, “Effectively
selling books containing comic art requires a great deal of product
knowledge. Mass market bookstores are only beginning to discover the
public’s interest in this material and the profitability of stocking these
books. The LPC Group, as the leader in the category, brings a depth of
understanding about how to sell the books of Humanoids Publishing that we
couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.”
The books from Humanoids Publishing feature groundbreaking comic art from
the world’s finest creators, presented in remarkable high quality
publications. Purchased in 1988 by entrepreneur Fabrice Giger, the company
was already famous for Metal Hurlant, which inspired the creation of the
American magazine Heavy Metal. Imaginative and sophisticated, Humanoids’
science-fiction and heroic fantasy stories are designed to be read and
enjoyed by a wider audience than that of a typical graphic novel in the
American market. Humanoids, a dominant player in the French-language graphic
album market, is experiencing rapid growth in the United States and Canada.
Future plans include new graphic albums and trade paperbacks containing new
stories from the finest comics talent from both sides of the Atlantic. North
American audiences are only beginning to discover the outrageous thrills and
thought-provoking fun contained in these products.
Humanoids Publishing is a division of The Humanoids Group, with offices in
Paris, Brussels, Saigon, Geneva and Los Angeles. The Humanoids Group is a
multi-faceted conglomerate headed by Chairman Fabrice Giger. Humanoids
features subsidiaries that include an internationally renowned graphic
novel/comic book publishing house, a 3-D animation and visual effects
studio, an animation software development company and an entity currently
developing interactive, role-playing computer games.
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