Diamond Named Exclusive Worldwide Distributor for Publisher Albatross Funnybooks

(HUNT VALLEY, Maryland) — (November 30, 2017) —Diamond Book Distributors has been named the exclusive world-wide distributor in the Comic Book Specialty Market and for the Book Market for Albatross Funnybooks.

We’re very excited to be expanding the reach of our books through Diamond,” said Founder and Publisher Eric Powell. “They have been very supportive and encouraging of our publishing endeavors through Albatross.”

“I’ve always been a fan of Eric Powell’s work, and getting the chance to work with his company, Albatross, makes me very happy,” said Executive Vice President of Diamond Book Distributors, Josh Hayes. “Sometimes it also makes me very afraid, as they produce some seriously terrifying comics. So, I’m leaving the light on for now.”

Albatross was launched in 2002 by award-winning cartoonist, Eric Powell, and is home to his long-running series, The Goon. The company continues to publish, celebrate, and cultivate creator-owned titles with titles such as Chimichanga and Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis. In 2016, the company re-dedicated itself to publishing creator-owned series deemed “too different” for the mainstream industry, and launched several new titles, including Hillbilly, a new fantasy series by Powell; Spook House, an all-ages horror anthology; ‘Namwolf, a war story by veteran creators Fabian Rangel Jr and Logan Faerber, and Galaktikon, a high stakes intergalactic extreme rock comic by Brendon Small.

Hillbilly is Eric Powell's Appalachian Mountain fantasy epic that tells the story of Rondel, a lonely figure who wanders the wooded hills among witches and magical creatures as a folktale hero to those who dwell in this gritty dream world. The series is reminiscent of Powell’s cult-classic The Goon, bringing the same mayhem, drama, and humor to the page. Two trade paperbacks, Volume 1 and Volume 2, are currently available.

Albatross’s Spook House is an all-ages series of scary campfire tales with talent from creators such as Steve Mannion, Mac Cushing, Ally Cat, and Shane Barryhill. The horror anthology collects spooky fun for kids and adults with a wide cast of characters including mummies, zombies, witches, and more. A Volume 1 trade paperback is currently available.

Current retailers interested in ordering Albatross titles are encouraged to contact their Diamond Representative, while new retailers interested in purchasing Albatross titles should contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001.

ABOUT ALBATROSS — Launched in 2002, Albatross Funnybooks has always been a labor of love for award-winning, Nashville-based cartoonist Eric Powell. The label began as a way to publish Powell’s creator-owned series The Goon, which mainstream publishers had deemed “too different.” Although The Goon later found a home and wider audience with Dark Horse Comics, Powell continued to publish, celebrate, and cultivate creator-owned titles through Albatross Funnybooks, including his all-ages comic Chimichanga and Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis. In 2016, Powell rededicated himself in earnest to his publishing company, launching his new fantasy series Hillbilly and other works such as the all-ages horror anthology Spook House, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber's weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small's Galaktikon.

ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS —Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of its graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise available to bookstores, libraries, schools, mass merchants and more worldwide.  Our team of professionals is committed to helping DBD’s client publishers tell their stories, grow their businesses and reach new customers. We work to provide insight at every stage of the publishing process—from initial concept, to marketing, sales and distribution.

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