In March 2017 we brought you the news of Emerald Comics Distro, a new indie comic distributor. Started by Anne Bean, Emerald Comics Distribution hopes to fill a “much-needed distribution gap” for independent creators in Seattle.
To kick off 2018, Emerald Comics Distro sent out an email with an update as to where they stand… and things seem to be good!
In 2017, Emerald Comics Distro served 49 creators and ended the year with 122 items in its catalog and worked with 20 shops in Seattle, Tacoma, Mill Creek, Shoreline, and Portland. You can find a map of all of the shops online.
In 2017, the distributor announced in their annual report that in 7 months of operation it has 49 clients, 122 items in their catalog, 20 shops, 1,477 total books put into shops, and $5,680 given to creators. Not bad at all.
In 2018, the distributor plans to expand into a few more bookstores and comic shops in the Pacific Northwest and also continue to accept work into the ECD catalog.
However, the big project is working on a sustainable mail-order worldwide distribution. This is still in the planning phases.
One of the biggest complaints about the comic industry is the distribution system which “favors” large publishers over independent creators and small press. There’s some data that says this isn’t totally the case, but for independent comics creators in the Seattle area, you now will have some help to get your comics out there with Emerald Comics Distro.
Started by Anne Bean, Emerald Comics Distribution hopes to fill a “much-needed distribution gap” for independent creators in Seattle.
Currently, the company is focused on “consignment management.” But, the company has bigger plans. With “phase one” focused on local consignment, “phase two” includes “nationwide wholesale” distribution, and “phase three” includes wholesale and retail. It’s unknown if a consignment model will continue or a more traditional distribution model will be put in place.
But beyond just distributing the comics, Bean is putting a creative spin to the distribution. Once there’s enough creators signed, the idea is to curate “theme packs” of comics for stores to sell. That’s something that’s definitely creative and somewhat new to the industry. Packs of comics can be found, in fact Target is selling them currently, but putting together indie comics from various creators around a “theme” is somewhat new. Those Target packs are random issues thrown together.
While Diamond Comic Distributors is the leader in the market, they aren’t the only distributor for comics, and even indie comics. Different distributors exist for book stores, and numerous others have stepped in to build different distribution methods to comic fans as well as stores, though none have the reach of Diamond.
(via Vanguard Seattle)