For Immediate Release:
Leading graphic novel properties to get wider distribution
including Disney PIXAR and The Muppets
JULY 14TH, 2009 – TORONTO — HarperCollinsCanada and BOOM! Studios announced an agreement today that will see BOOM!’s original and licensed graphic novels distributed through HarperCollins to book retailers across Canada. Shipments from the HarperCollinsCanada warehouse will begin in July.
Founded in 2005, BOOM! Studios publishes both periodical comic books and graphic novels. Within four months of publishing its first comic book, BOOM! Studios was named Best New Publisher by Wizard Magazine. In 2007, industry legend Mark Waid, writer of one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, Kingdom Come, came aboard as Editor-in-Chief. This fall will see BOOM! Kids — publishing well known licensed Disney properties as The World Of Cars, Toy Story, The Incredibles and The Muppet Show — release a series of graphic novels for kids to the mass market. BOOM! continues to grow and explode, finding a wider and wider audience.
“We are extremely excited about this alliance with HarperCollinsCanada,” BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie said, “The team at the company is an exciting, powerful group that will take BOOM! to the next level, building on our Direct Market and newsstand presence and allowing us to focus on the Canadian market in a smart, targeted way with some of the biggest and best brands in the world, such as our Pixar and Muppets comic books, as well as Farscape, Philip K. Dick’s science fiction classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and upcoming blockbusters like Die Hard.”
“BOOM! has gathered some of the world’s most cherished characters and storylines under their imprint,” said Leo MacDonald, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at HarperCollinsCanada. “We are excited to be able to bring such high-quality product to a wider Canadian marketplace.”
HarperCollinsCanada publishes fiction, non-fiction, and books for children, as well as religious and reference books. HarperCollins imprints in Canada include HarperCollins, HarperPerennial, HarperTrophyCanada, Collins, and Phyllis Bruce Books. These imprints publish many of Canada’s finest writers, including Bonnie Burnard, Charlotte Gray, Lawrence Hill, Barbara Kingsolver and Kenneth Oppel as well as writers and leading authorities from Canada and around the world, such as Nick Cave, Tim Flannery, Theo Fleury, J.L. Granatstein, and General Rick Hillier.
HarperCollinsCanada also distributes America’s Test Kitchen, TokyoPop, Zondervan, and HarperCollins, Collins, Perennial and Harper Paperbacks from the US and the UK. HarperCollins is also the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand, and generate additional business opportunities. Visit the HarperCollinsCanada website at www.harpercollins.ca.
For further information contact Rob Firing, Director, Publicity and
Communications at HarperCollinsCanada Ltd., 416-975-9334, ext 141.