Diamond Comic Distributors has been named the exclusive worldwide distributor of comic books and graphic novels for Valiant Entertainment. The agreement includes worldwide distribution rights to the comic book specialty market and to the book market under the banner of Diamond’s sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.
Valiant returns to the publishing ranks in 2012 with comic books featuring popular characters such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger and numerous other bestselling properties. The full 2012 editorial schedule includes several new monthly comic book series, with new trade paperbacks and hardcovers planned for release later in the year.
“It’s great to have Valiant and its enduring characters back in comic books again,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “We couldn’t be more excited to help the company reconnect with retailers, as well as comic book fans, and grow their publishing business.”
“We are extremely excited to have Diamond carrying our full line of comic books and graphic novels to retailers worldwide,” said Valiant’s Chief Executive Officer Jason Kothari. ”Diamond’s reputation for being the leading distributor of comic books and pop culture merchandise is unmatched, and we’re thrilled and honored to have our new publishing line added to their client roster.”
ABOUT VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT—Valiant Entertainment is a character-based publishing and licensing company that owns and controls some of the most cherished comic characters ever created across all media worldwide. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books and have been the basis of a number of successful video game franchises. Valiant’s extensive library includes over 1,500 characters, such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Ninjak. Visit www.valiantentertainment.com.
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture merchandise. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, servicing more than 4,000 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.
ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS (DBD)—DBD is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise available to bookstores, online retailers, libraries, schools, mass merchants and other general retailers globally. DBD is the home to a number of world class publishers including Dark Horse, publisher of award-winning and best-selling creators & series including Joss Whedon, Janet Evanovich, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan and the Star Wars franchise; IDW, publisher of Transformers & True Blood; Image Comics, publisher of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead; Dead; Oni Press, publisher of the widely successful Scott Pilgrim series; and many others. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.