Boom! Studios made a big move this week, opening their full new releases and backlist up to Haven Distributors at the highest discount available to any comic distributor. What that means, in so many words, is that Boom! has selected Haven as their distributor of choice and not industry powerhouse Diamond.
With Haven earning the highest discount possible to give to retailers, it’s hard to imagine that most Boom! carrying comic retailers in the country wouldn’t switch over to Haven. As many comic pundits (like the ever eloquent Johanna Draper Carlson) have pointed out, this is another sign that comic publishers are learning to fear Diamond less. This is on the heels of Marvel moving their trade/OGN distribution side of the business from Diamond to Hachette Books as well.
Hopefully this leads to a Golden Age of distribution where Diamond is perhaps a bit less cutthroat with their business. Time will tell on that, but I’m unsurprised and pleased about Boom! being part of the early minority in this movement.
Check out the press release after the jump.
Skokie, IL – May 5th, 2010 – Haven Distribution is proud to announce the deepest discount option available to Direct Market retailers for BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! titles.
Starting with BOOM!’s July-shipping books, Direct Market retailers will be able to buy the full line of BOOM! products at 50% off cover. Retailers now have another distribution option to receive the entire line of newly-shipping BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! titles and receive the best discount on these books available! In addition, BOOM!’s complete backlist of single issues and trade paperbacks will also be available to order from Haven with that same deep discount.
Haven Distribution now joins Diamond Comics Distributors in offering the complete line of BOOM! products.
“I am proud to let the Direct Market know that they can order frontlist BOOM! titles at a steeper discount than our competitors and we have no 3% reorder penalty on backlist items,” said Haven Distributors Director Lance Stahlberg. “Since we started carrying select BOOM! titles last October, Direct Market retailers have been begging us to expand our offering to BOOM’s complete line. We are pleased to announce that now retailers will be able to get the best discount possible on newly- shipping BOOM! titles and be able to order BOOM! backlist single issues, and BOOM! trade paperbacks at a great discount also.”
For July shipping BOOM! titles, Haven will be accepting orders starting May 5th. On that date, BOOM!’s full backlist of singles and trades will also be made available.
This newly-struck deal serves as an expansion of the distribution agreement BOOM! announced with Haven last October for second printings and specialty items.
Haven Distributors is just one of a growing list of distributors offering BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! publications. This past summer, BOOM! Studios announced mass market distribution deals with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollinsCanada, with Simon & Schuster distributing BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! line of graphic novels in the United States and HarperCollinsCanada distributing in Canada.
Previous to the addition of Simon & Schuster and HarperCollinsCanada, last March BOOM! announced a newsstand distribution deal for their BOOM Kids! line through Kable Distribution Services, Inc., best known amongst comic book fans for distributing Archie Comics throughout North America in the United States and Canada.
The entire BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! line of publications are also offered in the direct market by Diamond Comics Distributors.
Retailers needing more information on how to order from Haven Distributors can call 1-877-HAVEN-50 or sign up on their website here: http://www.havendistro.com/retailers.html
About Haven Distributors
Haven Distributors (www.havendistro.com) was launched in 2008 with the mission of enabling independent comics to succeed in an ever-changing market place. They provide a wide array of comics and related merchandise at competitive discounts with low minimum orders to direct market retailers. They strive to treat both their customers and suppliers as business partners, providing a range of order fulfillment services from wholesale distribution to web store management.
About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Eisner nominated Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the Eisner nominated original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM!’s children publishing imprint BOOM Kids! publishes titles such as Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s Eisner nominated THE MUPPETS, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.