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  • Celebrate James Tynion IV’s Milestone 10 Year Anniversary with BOOM! Studios

    New BOOM! Direct Reserve Campaign showcases the iconic writer’s library of work at publisher

    LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2024) – Since making his professional writing debut in 2012, James Tynion IV has carved out a remarkable career path quickly rising to one of the commercially successful and lauded authors in the entire industry. Beginning today, BOOM! Studios proudly celebrates his 10th anniversary publishing at the premier L.A. based publisher with JAMES TYNION IV: THE FIRST DECADE AT BOOM! STUDIOS BOOM! DIRECT RESERVE CAMPAIGN, presenting a curated collection of some of his most celebrated creations–The Woods, Memetic: The Apocalyptic Trilogy, and Something is Killing the Children.

    The campaign features limited edition anniversary comic books, premium hardcover and slipcased collected editions, exclusive collectibles including an exclusive commemorative print by Nick Robles. The BOOM! Direct Reserve exclusive comic books and hardcovers each feature brand new, exclusive by the title’s respective artist and co-creator–Michael Dialynas, Eryk Donovan, and Werther Dell’Edera. And announced through the campaign, for the first time,– The Art of Something is Killing the Children, a visual celebration of the first five years of the series presented in BOOM! Direct Reserve exclusive hardcover and slipcased editions! Fans can head to the JAMES TYNION IV: THE FIRST DECADE AT BOOM! STUDIOS BOOM! DIRECT RESERVE CAMPAIGN to get their first look at the interiors of The Art of Something is Killing the Children with rare sketches and a collection of pages, covers, and commentary, curated by Tynion & Dell’Edera.

    In addition to offering fans their first chance to secure a copy of The Art of Something is Killing the Children, fans who reserve any physical tier during the first 48 hours of the campaign will automatically receive the Something Is Killing The Children #1 Scriptbook, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the most successful modern comic book franchise with a bespoke reproduction of James Tynion IV’s original script. Additional limited edition collectibles, comics, and even a top secret Something Is Killing The Children announcement will be revealed and unlocked through the campaign’s Stretch Goals.

    “It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years since the debut of The Woods and Memetic (and 5 years since the debut of Something is Killing the Children!),” said celebrated, award winning-author James Tynion IV. “The projects are all incredibly personal to Michael, Eryk, Werther, and I, and were foundational to me becoming the writer I am today. I’m thrilled to celebrate their anniversaries with brand new deluxe editions, and to hopefully see a whole new generation experience these stories for the first time.”

    “James’ meteoric rise as one of the industry’s top creative voices has been incredible to watch and we are honored to have such a meaningful part of his library at BOOM! Studios,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing and Marketing. “This campaign is a celebration of his achievements as a writer and a way for both new and long-time fans to collect and own the formative stories that defined his first decade in the most deluxe formats possible. Here’s to another ten years with James!”

    The campaign begins today May 14, 2024 and will run for 30 days until June 13, 2024.

    For continuing news on JAMES TYNION IV: THE FIRST DECADE AT BOOM! STUDIOS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on X.

  • Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans Reteam for We Called Giants GN Hardcover!

    BESTSELLING, BRITISH FANTASY AWARD WINNING DIE CREATORS KIERON GILLEN & STEPHANIE HANS RETEAM FOR UPCOMING GRAPHIC NOVEL WE CALLED THEM GIANTS THIS NOVEMBER! The Walking Dead meets The Iron Giant in this sweeping, post-apocalyptic story!

    The bestselling creators behind the three-time Hugo Award nominated, two-time British Fantasy Award winning series Die—Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Immortal X-men) and Stephanie Hans (Secret Wars 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, Black Bolt)—will reteam for their first ever original graphic novel collaboration to be titled, We Called Them Giants. First announced in an exclusive scoop at Gizmodo, this epic, post-apocalyptic story is scheduled to hit shelves in November from Image Comics.

    Gillen and Hans first made waves with their breakout hit dark fantasy Die in 2018. Die quickly caught reader attention and the series skyrocketed to the top of the sales charts and launched Hans’ career into superstardom. It went on to appear on many Best of the Year lists, including that of Tor.com, and snagged multiple award nominations and wins.

    “After we finished Die, we knew we wanted to do something completely different. Rather than a sprawling ongoing, do something smaller, intimate, self-contained and really pure,” said Gillen. “So, in the middle of the covid lockdowns, I was left alone with my cats, staring at them, and them staring at me, and thinking about the miracle of relationships between beings of completely different kinds of intelligences, and the wonder of the jump across that gap. The image of the feral girl in the devastation and the giants came quickly after that, and we were away. People will fall in love and have their hearts broken—the full Hans/Gillen experience. Despite the post-apocalypse setting the story has an almost weird-fable kind of vibe, and ends up basically as a conversation between The Walking Dead and The Iron Giant. Basically, We Called Them Giants is the story of communication across a chasm at the end of the world. Folks have seen what Stephanie does on a month-by-month rush on an ongoing comic. Here, it’s a thrill to see her luxuriate—creating this single long story, and being able to shape the whole thing into a poignant, romantic, devastating single canvas.”

    Hans added: “As an Artist, it is always a joy to work on new challenges, especially when it is with such a great Writer. Kieron wrote an emotional story in which he let me go wild on designs. It’s a new, beautiful end of the world tale, a little bit epic, a bit nostalgic and a bit contemplative. It’s nothing like we did before. In all the best ways.”

    We Called Them Giants promises readers the poignant, romantic, and devastating story of a young girl who wakes up to find her world has turned upside down.

    “This book is nothing short of incredible,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics. “Kieron and Stephanie had already established themselves as one of comics’ premier creative teams, but they’re operating at a whole other level with We Called Them Giants.”

    We Called Them Giants hardcover (ISBN: 978-1534387072) will be available at local comic book shops on Wednesday, October 30 and independent bookstoresAmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndigo, and Waterstones on Tuesday, November 12.

  • 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

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