Archaia has returned to the Diamond fold. Last year they announced they were leaving Diamond to team with Publishers Group West for bookstore distribution. However, Archaia has just announced it has decided to return to Diamond.
Award-winning graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC and Diamond Book Distributors (“DBD”) have announced a renewed agreement to distribute the publisher’s library of graphic novels and books to both domestic and international book trade markets, effective as of August 31st, 2012. Included among the catalog are many award-winning backlist titles that have yet to be exposed to an international audience, such as Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Cow Boy, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, and a lineup of exciting frontlist titles that promise to appeal to readerships worldwide, including Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, Iron: Or, the War After, and Cursed Pirate Girl. This agreement will unify all of Archaia’s print distribution channels under one roof, supplementing their existing agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors for fulfillment within the direct comic market.
“Archaia’s titles have always appealed to a wide range of audiences, including both traditional comic readers and non-comic readers, and we are excited to bring our library to as wide an audience as possible,” said PJ Bickett, Archaia’s President and CEO. “By expanding our relationship with Diamond in the direct market to include their knowledgeable sales expertise within the book trade, we can look forward to introducing our titles to new segments of the marketplace who may currently be unfamiliar with our library. Our creators are among the best and brightest in the industry, and their work deserves to be appreciated by fans of the medium, and fans of good storytelling, around the world.”
“We are very pleased Archaia has expanded our relationship and entrusted us once again with their key book trade business,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “As a book distributor, our key focus is on graphic novels and we look forward to working with Archaia to expand their sales and promote their best-selling line of graphic novels.”
Since Archaia is almost exclusively a publisher of graphic novels, they must see Diamond as the best option for bookstore distribution. What a difference a year makes!