Steve Geppi Responds To Random House Exclusivity in Dark Horse Penguin

Steve Geppi Responds To Random House Exclusivity in Dark Horse Penguin

Bleeding Cool just published the news that Dark Horse Comics was joining Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing, in going exclusive with Penguin Random House Publsihing Services for the direct market of comic book shops and stores, which would begin in June 2023.

Steve Geppi, the founder of Diamond Comic Distributors and CEO of Geppi Family Enterprises, to whom Dark Horse Comics had been exclusive for over thirty years and distributed by them for over forty years, wanted to remind us that Diamond will still be selling Dark Horse merchandise.

"Dark Horse has been our trusted partner for over thirty years and we are honored that Diamond remains a key source for Dark Horse comics and graphic novels to the Direct Market domestically and internationally."

"We are extremely pleased to continue to operate as distributors of Dark Horse merchandise around the globe. While Dark Horse is an established name in the industry, the estimated impact of this change to Diamond''s Dark Horse direct market sales is only 1% of Diamond''s top line sales, including comics, games, merchandise, and pop culture items. We are so much more than just comic book distribution."

"Diamond and all the Geppi Family Enterprises firms have worked strategically and successfully to diversify over the years, with our most recent example being the introduction of Overstreet Access, an online subscription comic collection platform and price guide. I remain proud of the role Diamond in the industry and steadfast in my commitment to the Direct Market." I look forward to continuing service of the Direct and book markets as well as the continued growth of the GFE portfolio of companies."

Image Comics is Diamond Comic Distributors'' largest comic book publisher, but is there any chance that they will work? While others such as Dynamite, Boom, Frank Miller Presents, AfterShock, Titan, and Ablaze have been solidifying their arrangement, while Ahoy, Oni Press, Scout Comics, and others have chosen to be distributed by both Diamond and Lunar.

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