Th3rd World’s all-ages series pre-launches with a record setting micro-distribution promotion
Th3rd World’s new all-ages series pre-launches with a record setting micro-distribution promotion
BETHESDA, MD (May 18, 2012) – Th3rd World Studios, publisher of the NY Times Bestselling series THE STUFF OF LEGEND, is proud to announce a complete sell-out of their FINDING GOSSAMYR micro-distribution promotion. This comes on the heels of the breakout success of their Free Comic Book Preview that MTV Geek said, “purposely evokes the excitement and humanity of a Pixar movie and actually nails it… exciting, intriguing, and everything you’d want from the first few pages of a book…”
“Th3rd World has taken the increasingly popular method of ‘micro-distribution’ and applied it in a way that we’ve never seen done before with FINDING GOSSAMYR. Not only is this book shaping up to be an all-ages classic in the making, like AMULET or BONE, but I feel it’s going to be carry a lot of heat with collectors as well”, said Steve Anderson, owner of Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD.
Th3rd World studios opted to use a hybrid model that blended the direct to retailer sales of micro-distribution with the much larger Diamond channel, offering each their own set of unique purchasing incentives. The micro-promotion was limited to 25 retailers on a first come first serve basis, with two sponsorship levels based on volume. As soon as the slots were filled, the promotion closed. Each retailer that took part will receive 1 of the 25 numbered Jim Starlin variant and a limited exclusivity window. Th3rd World also created two, Diamond exclusive, incentives that can be found in this month’s MAY PREVIEWS catalog.
The promotion met with a success that far and away exceeded expectations, pre-selling over 3000 copies to retailers with 8 store exclusive variants by artists such as Stjepan Sejic, the Skullkickers art team of Edwin Huang and Misty Coats, Jeremy Dale, Charles Paul Wilson III and Daniel Lieske. A full breakdown of participating stores and their individual covers can be found below.
Preserver Level (Minimum 200 Copies)
- Beachball Comics – Anaheim, CA
- Chris’ Cards and Comics – Salem, NH
- Double Midnight Comics – Manchester, NH
- Friendly Neighborhood Comics – Bellingham, MA
- Graham Crackers Comics – Chicago, IL
- Jetpack Comics – Rochester, NH
- Larry’s Comics – Lowell, MA
- Laughing Ogre Comics – OH & VA
- Lone Star Comics – TX
- Midtown Comics – New York, NY
- Games and Comics -Northridge, CA
- Third Eye Comics – Annapolis, MD
Bladeslinger Level (Minimum 50 Copies)
- Acme Comics – Greensboro, NC
- Antique Jackpot – Saint Calre, MO
- Comic College – Minneapolis, MN
- Comic Depot – Saratoga Springs, NY
- Comickaze – San Diego, CA
- Dreamland Comics – Schaumburg, IL
- Excellent Adventures – Ballston Spa, NY
- Flying Colors Comics – Concord, CA
- Grasshoppers Comics – Williston Park, NY
- JC Comics – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
- NewCastle Comics – Maryland Heights, MO
- The Fantasy Shop – St. Louis, MO
- Ultimate Comics- Chapel Hill, NC
To view all of the variant covers as well as links to the participating retailers click here.
FINDING GOSSAMYR – CHAPTER 1 (MAY121282 – Previews Page 328)
When a brilliant young boy named Denny solves the most perplexing puzzle in the history of mankind, he and his caretaker sister, Jenna, are transported to the fantastic land of Gossamyr, where math is the language of magic and the boy’s unique condition gives him incredible power.
A 36-page full-color, all-ages comic series written by writer/video game designer David A. Rodriguez (SKYLANDERS, STARKWEATHER) and illustrated by artist Sarah Ellerton (PHOENIX REQUIEM, INVERLOCH), will be available in stores July 2012.
About Th3rd World Studios
Th3rd World Studios (www.th3rdworld.com) is a hands-on print and digital publishing house specializing in the development of high-quality original and adapted properties spanning a broad spectrum of genres. Th3rd World Studios had its first breakout hit in 2009 with the first volume of the acclaimed original series THE STUFF OF LEGEND. A fourth volume will be released in the Fall of 2012. Also in development is the highly anticipated adaptation of the NY Times bestselling series THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare.