Tuesday, February 2, 2016

IPG Signs Alterna to Exclusive Worldwide Book Market Distribution Deal


It's been ten years that Alterna Comics has been around. Ten years of offering up some great comics to an avid audience of readers. IPG wants to celebrate ten years in a very special way: by becoming the exclusive distributor for the up and coming publisher. As per the specifications of the deal, Alterna will retain control over their accounts at ComiXology and at Diamond Comics Distributors.

"IPG is one of the largest distributors of independent publishers in the world and I'm thrilled that Alterna will be able to grow under their banner," said Alterna Comics publisher Peter Simeti. "Our readership is expected to grow globally up to 10 times in size over the course of the next two years as they will be our exclusive distributor in the book market and ebook market. The deal also shows the growing interest in graphic novels across the world. I hope other graphic novel publishers pursue a deal with IPG as well, as they've been a pleasure to work with. It's an exciting time for the creators here and it's fitting that it comes about as we celebrate our tenth anniversary."

Alterna currently has book distribution with Partners Publishers Group but that contract will be coming to a close over the next few months. IPG will be rolling out Alterna's lineup in their Fall Catalog with frontlist titles and key backlist titles that will see release dates between September 2016 and March 2017. The frontlist releases include the Chair (SEP 2016), Corktown (SEP 2016), The Alterna Anniverseries Anthology (OCT 2016) and If Anthology: Super Powers (NOV 2016). Full press release below.

IPG signs ALTERNA to an exclusive worldwide book market distribution deal

February 1st, 2016 - Continuing to grow in their 10th anniversary year, Alterna Comics (alternacomics.com) has just announced an exclusive deal with IPG (ipgbook.com) to expand their print and digital lineup into the global book market.  As per the specifications of the deal, Alterna will retain control over their accounts at ComiXology and at Diamond Comics Distributors.

Alterna Comics publisher Peter Simeti elaborates on what this will mean for the creator-owned company, "IPG is one of the largest distributors of independent publishers in the world and I'm thrilled that Alterna will be able to grow under their banner.  Our readership is expected to grow globally up to 10 times in size over the course of the next two years as they will be our exclusive distributor in the book market and ebook market. The deal also shows the growing interest in graphic novels across the world. I hope other graphic novel publishers pursue a deal with IPG as well, as they've been a pleasure to work with. It's an exciting time for the creators here and it's fitting that it comes about as we celebrate our tenth anniversary."

Alterna currently has book distribution with Partners Publishers Group but that contract will be coming to a close over the next few months.
IPG will be rolling out Alterna's lineup in their Fall Catalog with frontlist titles and key backlist titles that will see release dates between September 2016 and March 2017.  Planned frontlist releases are THE CHAIR (SEP 2016), CORKTOWN (SEP 2016), THE ALTERNA ANNIVERSERIES ANTHOLOGY (OCT 2016), IF ANTHOLOGY: SUPER POWERS (NOV 2016). 
About Alterna Comics
Founded in 2006 by current president and publisher Peter Simeti, Alterna Comics titles are distributed worldwide in print and digital formats and in several languages. A creator-owned comic book publisher, Alterna creators own the licensing and merchandising rights to their creations. FUBAR Press is an imprint and sub-division of Alterna Comics, owned and operated by creator Jeff McComsey. Alterna Comics titles can be found wherever books are sold.
For more information, please visit alternacomics.com


About IPG
IPG is the original and second largest independent book distributor in the United States. Our innovative publisher services, aggressive marketing, and extensive reach ensure access into every imaginable channel, including gift, specialty, wholesale, and digital accounts worldwide.
For more information, please visit ipgbook.com

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