Right on the heel’s of Alterna Comics‘ 10 year anniversary announcement I got word that they have also worked out an exclusive deal with IPG, who is the second largest, and first indie book distributor in the U.S. According to Alterna, this deal will not effect their control over their accounts on Diamond and ComiXology which will allow readers to keep finding Alterna books in their usual places, but they’ll expand into new markets worldwide. Alterna currently has book distribution with Partners Publishers Group but that contract will be coming to a close over the next few months.
According to Peter Simeti:
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.
IPG’s fall catalog will be the first to feature Alterna titles including The Chair, Corktown, The Alterna Anniverseries Anthology, and If Anthology: Super Powers.