Published on August 8th, 2016 | by Richard Boom
Caliber Comics’ Vast Library to be Offered via Diamond Distributors
Caliber Comics (www.calibercomics.com), the publisher of creator owned comics that relaunched in 2014, will begin to release its wide diversity of titles to the direct market via an agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors starting in the August Previews for October release.
Caliber, which focuses on graphic novel releases and trade paperback compilations, has selectively solicited titles with Diamond in the past but will now have a regular schedule of releases and each month will offer four to five titles to retailers.
According to President and Publisher Gary Reed, since Caliber Comics returned in 2014, the initial focus of Caliber had been primarily on print publication of collected material and converting its extensive existing library of titles into digital formats. “Although we centered on collections initially, we’ve had quite a shift to all new original graphic novels over the last year as creators bring their projects to us,” Reed said, “and increasingly, that will be at the core of Caliber for the future…. producing creator owned original graphic novels.” Reed said that in addition to compiling many of Caliber’s published titles, the current collected library features over 30 titles originally released from IDW, Image, and Dark Horse with an additional 25 titles from other publishers such as Apple, Malibu, First, Titan, and others. By the end of 2016, the number of original graphic novels available through Diamond will be over 40.
Although Caliber Comics only publishes trade book size in print, it does have an extensive release footprint with numerous digital platforms. Vice President Eric Reichert who coordinates the multi-media licensing and digital areas of Caliber said that in the digital market, the 150+ graphic novels in its library are offered in their original single issues format as well as collected graphic novels. “Right now, we have nearly 800 releases in the digital arena,” said Reichert, “with the books available on 40+ platforms including Comixology, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, and more are continually being added.
For the first month, the Diamond releases are:
Just in time for the Fox remake, relive the classic. The cult hit in a special “basic core” version which is the only official adaptation of the entire movie – now at a special introductory price. The additional material in the comic series such as song lyrics, participation guide, interviews, etc. will be available in “The Master’s Edition” version to be offered at a later date. This full color movie adaptation is faithfully rendered by Kevin VanHook (noted original Valiant editor, writer, artist). 72 pages, $12.99, 978-1-942351-672. For more information: http://www.calibercomics.info/rocky-horror-picture-show.html
The reboot of the acclaimed Deadworld in this collected version of the entire Image Comics mini-series. Original favorite artist Vince Locke (Sandman, Batman) is joined by Dalibor Talajic (Deadpool, Red Wolf), and writer Gary Reed as the long running zombie series goes back to the beginning to allow new fans to join in the classic comic series which began in the late 1980s and has lived till today in over 100 issues. 152 pages, black and white, $16.99, 978-1-942351351. For more information: http://www.calibercomics.info/deadworld.html
Inferno: A Sleep and a Forgetting GN
Coming back into print is this early graphic novel created by two of the minds behind television’s hottest shows Mike Carey (Fox’s Lucifer) with artwork from Michael Gaydos (Netflix’s Jessica Jones). In the Inferno, a netherworld city fueled by sin and driven by corruption across the ages, John Travis finds himself as the only person to ever escape Hell and live. Problem is he just doesn’t remember it. 146 pages, black and white, $14.99, 978-0-985749323. For more information: http://www.calibercomics.info/inferno.html
Caliber Presents #1 GN
The all new Caliber Presents! One of the leading independent comic anthologies returns as an expanded graphic novel and while still featuring newly discovered creators it also includes many established professionals with new stories to tell. Creators featured in this first issue include nominees and winners of some of the industry’s major awards including the Eisner, Harvey, Xeric, Ghastly, Shel Dorf, Comic Monsters, Horror Comics, and more. Join writers Joe Pruett, Sam Costello, Ben Sherrill, Gary Reed, Mark Bertolini, and others as they team up with artists such as Alex Sheikman, Rowel Rogue, Jason Walz, Steven Perkins, Ken Meyer Jr. and more. 120 pages, black and white, $9.99, 978-1942351436. For more information: http://www.calibercomics.info/caliber-presents.html
Days of Darkness GN
Collecting the incredible mini-series of the early days of the United States in WW II from popular historical writer and comic artist, Wayne Vansant. Witness the war’s dark days in the tragedy of Pearl Harbor and the devastation of the fleet in Hawaii, to the evacuation of the Philippines, the horror of the Death March of Bataan, leading up to the dramatic Battle of Midway which stopped the Japanese juggernaut in the Pacific. Perfect for any history buff. 184 pages, black and white, $19.99, 978-0983630777. For more information: http://www.calibercomics.info/days-of-darkness.html
About Caliber Comics:
During the 1990’s, Caliber Comics was one of the leading independent comic companies that helped to launch the careers of dozens of today’s top comic creators. Putting into print over 1,300 comics and books in the marketplace. Today, Caliber offers its vast library of comics and graphic novels in both print and digital formats, with new book releases rolling out that feature a wide diverse line of subject genre with the emphasis on creator owned titles. For more information visit www.calibercomics.com