Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors have renewed a multi-year distribution deal with publisher, ABLAZE, to exclusively distribute their products to North American and international book markets, as well as the comic book specialty market.
Since launching in 2019, ABLAZE has developed an acclaimed catalog featuring a celebrated range of award-winning international creators from North America, Europe, and Asia. The publisher has built a reputation for quality with critically acclaimed releases by noted creators, writers, and artists such as Mark Russell (Traveling to Mars), Michael Moreci (The Mighty Barbarians), Mirka Andolfo (Un/Sacred), Werther Dell’Edera (He Who Fights with Monsters), Maria Llovet (Porcelain, Eros/Psyche), Max Bemis (Belit & Valeria), Zerocalcare (Forget My Name, Tentacles At My Throat), and others. As well as an expanding selection of manga, manhwa and webtoon titles under the ABLAZE MANGA line, including the bestselling manhwa martial arts series, The Breaker, planned launches this summer for graphic novels based on a pair of popular Korean webtoon series, Get Schooled and Terror Man, along with Wakfu Manga, inspired by the hit Netflix anime series, the recent debut of the stylish and macabre webtoon Zombie Makeout Club, and the announcement of the publishing rights to four classic manga by the legendary Osamu Tezuka.
“Diamond has been an important partner throughout our growth, and we are very happy to extend our relationship,” ABLAZE publisher and co-founder Rich Young said. “Their teams on both the direct market and book market have worked hard to customize to our needs and those of the channels that will continue to support the expansion and evolution of the ABLAZE catalog.”
ABLAZE continues to garner critical acclaim with various nominations for the 2023 Eisner Awards, including Best Limited Series (Animal Castle), Best New Series (Traveling to Mars), Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Felix Delep, Animal Castle), and Best Writer (Mark Russell, Traveling to Mars).
“We’re excited to continue our work with ABLAZE in all markets,” Geppi Family Enterprises Chief Purchasing Officer Tim Lenaghan said. “Rich and his team have quickly established themselves as one of the most innovative publishers in comics, and Diamond feels privileged to be their exclusive distributor in both the Direct and Book markets.”