ComixTribe Expands Micro-Distribution, Doubles Direct-to-Retail Sales in February
ComixTribe Expands Micro-Distribution, Doubles Direct-to-Retailer Sales in February
February 24, 2012 — Newburyport, MA — Independent publisher ComixTribe announced today that it has doubled the number of retailers carrying its books this month, and will ship twice as many books direct-to-retailers in February as it did in January. Opting to circumvent the traditional direct market distribution channel in favor of establishing direct partnerships with indie-supportive retailers, ComixTribe books are now carried in more than 50 retail locations in the US and Canada.
On the heels of a strong January debut of SCAM #1 by Joe Mulvey, this month ComixTribe is releasing both THE RED TEN #2, the second installment of the ten-issue superhero murder mystery by Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano, as well as the 2nd printing of the sold out SCAM #1, featuring a new variant cover. “We couldn’t be more excited about where we are as a young imprint,” said ComixTribe Publisher Tyler James. “SCAM has done extremely well for us, and orders for THE RED TEN are way up for the second issue. ComixTribe has shipped more than 2,000 books direct-to-retailers in 2012, and we’re just getting started.” Both THE RED TEN #2 and SCAM #1 second printing debut February 29.
ComixTribe is one of a small number of independent creators and publishers pursuing a direct-to-retailer distribution model. “The micro distribution phenomenon is underway. Savvy retailers are adding depth to their shop by stocking quality creator owned books like SCAM and THE RED TEN,” reports Larry Doherty of Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics, who has partnered with ComixTribe on New England Comic Retailer’s Alliance (NECRA) Variants for both SCAM #1 and THE RED TEN #2.
While the direct market has sometimes been luke-warm to new publishers, many retailers are finding real value in carrying these books. “What I love about ComixTribe is that not only are they creating quality stuff, but they never stop hustling to promote it,” said Chris Proulx of Double Midnight Comic. “THE RED TEN & SCAM have been very popular in our shop! They are selling better than mid-tier Marvel & the guys at ComixTribe work their butts off,” said Ernie Pelletier of Friendly Neighborhood Comics
THE RED TEN is a superhero re-telling of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit “And Then There Were None.” The second issue, written by James and drawn by Cesar Feliciano, sees the “heroes” narrowly escape an explosion that destroyed of one of their own, only to find new and deadly horrors that await them on the island. The standard edition features a cover by CP Wilson, III (Stuff of Legend.) The NECRA variant features a cover by Alex Cormack (Chicara.)
SCAM is “X-Men meets Oceans 11″ and involves a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives…taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on a former teammate who double-crossed them. The first printing of SCAM #1 was limited to just 777 copies, which sold out to retailers more than a week before release date.
The next chapter of the thrilling 10 issue maxi-series that’s an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit meets The Justice League debuts at Friendly Neighborhood Comics!
In the second issue, after narrowly escaping an explosion that took the lives of one of their own, The Alliance uncovers new and deadly horrors awaiting them on the island. Plus, the tragic origin of Red!
Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano will be on hand, and bringing along:
- THE RED TEN #2 – (First Printing) – Get ‘em signed!
- THE RED TEN #2 (Blood Smear Variants) – Only 100 printed! Come signed, number and hand smeared with “blood!”
- THE RED TEN #1 (First Printings!) – (Going for $15 on eBay, get ‘em for cover price!)
- THE RED TEN #1 (Artist Editions!) – Featuring original sketch cover by Tyler James or Cesar Feliciano!
- Cesar Feliciano will also debut a new THE RED TEN inspired print series at the signing!
Hope to see you there!
New Preview of SCAM #1 (2nd Printing)!