SLG Publishing and Diamond Book Distributors have reached an agreement naming Diamond the exclusive U.S. and non-exclusive worldwide distributor of the publisher's Slave Labor and Amaze Ink imprints' English-language graphic novels to the bookstore, library, warehouse club, mass merchandise, and specialty markets. The deal allows SLG to continue selling its products through certain other specialty market venues.
Founded in 1986 by President and Owner Dan Vado, SLG Publishing's Slave Labor Graphics imprint has released a number of acclaimed comics series, trade paperbacks, and graphic novels, including Lenore, Trashed, Waiting Place, Gloom Cookie, Squee, and many others. In 1995, SLG launched its Amaze Ink imprint, which publishes such all-ages, genre-oriented titles as Skeleton Key, The Replacement God, Mister Blank, and Sleeping Dragons.
"Dan Vado's love for the comics medium shines through in everything his company offers," said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. "His respect for the art form's history and clear vision of what it can accomplish in the future makes SLG increasingly important to the success of the comics industry."
"My relationship with Diamond has been excellent over the past 16 years," said Vado. "Choosing them for our bookstore distribution was just a natural outgrowth of that good relationship. I expect that good things are going to come from this and I am looking forward to working with Diamond to further my goals of world domination, or at least better distribution."
Diamond's Sales Team will begin working with bookstores, book wholesalers, warehouse clubs, mass merchandisers, and libraries to place SLG's graphic novels across the country. "From the beginning, Vado and SLG have been committed to producing comics designed to appeal to a wide range of readers," Schanes added, "and we have every confidence that this foresight will serve them well as we help them find the best possible placement for their products in mainstream venues."