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  • Fantagraphics Books is excited to announce a new partnership with Lunar Distribution, renowned for its meticulously curated collection of comics, graphic novels, and related products. This union brings together Lunar’s extensive distribution network and Fantagraphics’ reputation for publishing avant-garde and intellectually engaging content, crafted by the world’s greatest cartoonists.

    Fantagraphics’ impressive catalog, which spans a variety of genres and styles, will now be available through Lunar Distribution, ensuring that retailers across the globe can easily discover and enjoy their favorite titles.

    “Lunar Distribution is thrilled to welcome Fantagraphics Books into our family of publishers. Fantagraphics has a history of publishing exceptional and groundbreaking works, and we are excited to bring their diverse catalog to our retail partners,” said Christina Merkler of Lunar Distribution. “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to offering the best in comic book content and ensuring that retailers have access to an unparalleled selection of products.” “This partnership reinforces Lunar’s commitment to supporting the comic book industry and their direct market accounts.”

    “We’re excited to partner with Lunar Comics Distributors and diversify our distribution to direct market retailers,” says Fantagraphics VP and Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “We believe that retailers should have multiple distribution options when making their purchasing decisions and by joining forces with Lunar, while continuing our longstanding relationship with Diamond Comics Distributors, we can best contribute to a healthy and robust Direct Market that has proven essential to evolution and vitality of the comics medium. Fantagraphics has been committed to publishing the very best cartooning and comics the world has to offer for almost a half-century now, since the very inception of the Direct Market, and we believe this new partnership with Lunar, in conjunction with our existing partnerships, best serves the retailers, booksellers, creators, and readers who appreciate what we do to grow both the medium and the industry, so we can all continue to have the privilege of coexisting in this wonderful, ever-evolving ecosystem that is comics.”

    Lunar Distribution is a leading distributor in the comic book industry, dedicated to providing retailers with a wide selection of comic books, graphic novels, and related merchandise. With an extensive distribution network, Lunar Distribution ensures that retailers have access to the latest and greatest content from top publishers in the industry.

  • Made a few changes to the date updater script. As you’ve likely noticed, Marvel likes to move books out so far that they disappear from PRH. I’ve written into my date checker now to show me these (the date comes back blank because it doesn’t exist) and then I set the date to 2099-01-01 (see what I did there). Once the real date finally drops on PRH, it will update like normal and show up on the updates log!

    I also updated most of the stuff on the unsolicted page that Omar announced over the last couple months. I’ll have to do that again after the tear he just went on though (I like to give those some time to breathe).

  • As detailed over at PRH a while back, Dark Horse books are now going through Penguin as of June 1st. This also means that the release dates will line up to the same week for Direct and Retail markets. As a nerdy side note for me, that also means I can put Dark Horse into the scripts I have that grab updates from the PRH API (thank god). For you, that means quicker date updates from me! Woo! I just made the change a few hours ago and grabbed some changes (which you can see in the good old change log page) so yay!

  • PORTLAND, Ore. 05/24/2023 — Image Comics is pleased to announce a worldwide exclusive distribution deal with Lunar Distribution, effective with September on-sale titles (which will open for order on the Lunar site for retailers on Wednesday, June 14), for Direct Market/comic shop distribution.

    Previously exclusive to Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics will join DC as one of Lunar’s largest periodical publishers and will work in partnership with Lunar to share further communications with the Direct Market, including “next steps” details, to ensure a seamless transition for comic shop retailers.

    “First and foremost we want to thank Steve Geppi, Chuck Parker, and everyone at Diamond for their ongoing service and all that they’ve done for Image over the years. For over three decades, they have been at our side, supporting our books from the moment we founded our company back in 1992,” said Todd McFarlane, President of Image Comics. “Every Image comic published, since our inception in ’92, has been distributed to thousands of retail outlets by Diamond, and they have played a very important role in our company’s evolution.”

    “We have enjoyed our relationship with Diamond over the decades and we have made some wonderful friends there, so this decision has been a difficult one,” added Erik Larsen, Chief Financial Officer at Image Comics, who served as Publisher at Image from 2004-2008. “It was not a move that we made lightly, though, and ultimately, the change was made because of the benefits to readers and retailers who are our real customers. There are services Lunar will provide that will make it easier for stores to buy our titles, and for fans to find our books. This is a big win for them, and we hope this new partnership is as strong and long-lasting as the previous one. We wish Diamond nothing but the best as we look toward the future.”

    “We leave with nothing but the deepest respect for Steve, Chuck and all of the folks at Diamond, both past and present,” said Jim Valentino, Image’s Vice President and former Publisher at Image from 1999-2004.

    “This is a big change, but we will still be working with Diamond in other capacities and look forward to maintaining those relationships with the Diamond team for years to come,” noted Eric Stephenson, the company’s current Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. “Lunar is an impressive new player in the Direct Market, and we are eager to work with them on the next phase of our development, as well as joining DC in leading the industry toward what we believe are positive changes for everyone.”

    [NOTE: Image will still be working with Diamond Book Distributors for retail book market customers]

    Christina Merkler, Co-owner at Lunar Distribution stated: “We are thrilled to announce our exclusive worldwide distribution deal with Image Comics. We are constantly seeking innovative ways to expand our reach and bring exceptional content to our retail accounts around the world. This partnership will allow us to further expand our offerings and provide unparalleled access to the most exciting and sought-after titles in the industry. We look forward to working closely with Image and continuing to provide top-notch service to our Direct Market accounts.”

    Lunar Distribution was first launched in 2020, when it became the home distributor to DC, and provides distribution services to the Direct Market with an emphasis on quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Retailers interested in learning more about how to set up an account with Lunar can visit: https://www.lunardistribution.com/home/faq

  • It’s been a minute since I went to the Upcoming Unsolicited Books page and did edits, so I thought I’d make note of it on the front page. I finally got off my lazy butt and with the help of our librarian, Captain, got this thing all up to date. If I missed anything that Omar (or Amazon incidentally) announced that has not yet been solicited, drop me a line as always!

  • Apparently at some point I broke the contact form as well as the restock request form. If you sent me anything in the last couple months, I probably did not get it so please re-send! I fixed it last night and already immediately had a restock request so looks like things are back to running smoothly. Apologies if you’d sent me something! 🙁

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