Simon & Schuster and Oni Press have entered into a sales and distribution agreement which will allow Simon & Schuster to handle Oni's sales and worldwide distribution to the book trade for the comic book and graphic novel publisher.
The agreement between the two publishers will commence on March 1, 2018, and present Oni Press' wide range of publications to a larger marketplace of readers. Oni's impressive catalog includes the fan-favorite Scott Pilgrim, Courtney Crumrin, Lucky Penny and The Coldest City to name a few. Also included in their line-up are the popular comic books and graphic novels based on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM.
Regarding the partnership, the Vice President of Client Sales and Marketing for Simon & Schuster Michael Perlman, said his company is "delighted" to partner with the comic publisher and welcome it to S&S's family of distribution clients. “They have clearly found an audience of enthusiastic readers for their licensed and original titles, and we look forward to helping expand that audience world wide.”
Oni Press' James Lucas Jones stand that partnering with the publishing giant to help distribute his company's titles is something it has been working towards for some time, as One has always made it a point to seek readers beyond the direct market. “Working with Simon & Schuster’s incredible team, we are elated to bring our books to new readers, retailers, and libraries.”
This marks the second big announcement for Oni Press following the reveal that is would be launching a tabletop boardgame brand titled Oni Games.