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IMAGE COMICS JOINS SIMON & SCHUSTER IN EXCLUSIVE, NORTH AMERICAN BOOK MARKET DISTRIBUTION DEAL

PORTLAND, Ore. 08/04/2023 — Image Comics is pleased to announce an exclusive North American distribution deal with Simon & Schuster, effective with January 2024 on-sale titles, for Book Market distribution.

Previously exclusive to Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics will join Viz Media, Boom Studios, and many other graphic novel publishers on the Simon & Schuster distribution client list.

Image Comics will continue its relationship with Diamond Book Distributors to serve the UK and International Book Market.

"For the past 20 years we have been able to establish a foothold for our trade paperbacks and graphic novels in the book market thanks in no small part to the support and efforts of Diamond Book Distributors,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Over time, our needs and backlist of titles have grown and our increasing footprint in the marketplace has us excited to take this next step with Simon & Schuster to build a more robust infrastructure for our titles there.”

“We are delighted to welcome Image Comics to our family of distribution clients,” said Michael Perlman, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Simon & Schuster Publisher Services. “We look forward to partnering with them to help share their graphic novels with readers throughout North America."

Simon & Schuster offers a full range of distribution services to independent publishers and client publishers benefit from all advantages of the Simon & Schuster infrastructure, including sales, fulfillment, production, digital support services, and more.

The “Book Market” comprises chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-a-Million, as well as Amazon, independent bookstores, libraries, and non-comic shop brick-and-mortar and online retailers where physical books are sold.

Image Comics’ “Direct Market”/comic shop distribution is currently serviced by Lunar Distribution and is unaffected by this change.

Image Comics’ Digital/ebook distribution is currently serviced by IPG and is unaffected by this change.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a group of bestselling artists and has gone on to become the second largest comics publisher in the United States. The company currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, style, and format imaginable. Its titles run the gamut of science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime, humor, and are created by the top artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster, a Paramount company, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Adams Media, Avid Reader Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.