Simon & Schuster has been very busy of late in the comics world setting up a deal with Vault earlier this month and this week finalizing a deal with AHOY and Heavy Metal. They also recently added AWA Studios to the comic book publishers they distribute for. This is a move from Diamond Books, which is a sister company to Diamond Comics Distributors.
The first wave of releases from Heavy Metal Productions will include collected editions of Dylan Sprouse’s Sun Eater, Dan Fogler’s Brooklyn Gladiator, and Fishkill, an enhanced second edition of CEO Matthew Medney’s bestseller Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance, and much more! Though announced March 16, Simon & Schuster will handle sales and distribution to the United States, Canada, and other international territories beginning February 1, 2021 for Heavy Metal.
For AHOY, their titles will be distributed in bookstores by Simon & Schuster as of March 2021. That includes their recently revealed fall lineup of collections which you can view below.
HAPPY HOUR: August 25, 2021 (Bookstores: September 7, 2021)
(W) Peter Milligan, (A) Michael Montenat
In future America, being happy isn’t just a right—it’s the law. While the Joy Police brutally enforce the cheery code, two young people go on the run, searching for a haven of melancholy where they can safely bask in the blues. A timely tale by superstar writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Prisoner) and artist Michael Montenat (Dominion, Hellraiser Annual).
THE WRONG EARTH: NIGHT AND DAY: September 8, 2021 (Bookstores: September 21, 2021)
(W) Tom Peyer, (A) Jamal Igle / Juan Castro
The vengeance-dealing Dragonfly sticks it to the man! The acrobatic sleuth Dragonflyman assists the police! These alternate-earth versions of the same masked crimefighter meet face-to-face for the first time in this new series by the original creators of the smash-hit The Wrong Earth! Will their impossible encounter result in a team-up… or an all-out war?
EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD: September 22, 2021 (Bookstores: October 5, 2021)
(W) Paul Cornell, Dean Motter, (A) Russ Braun
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood continues to cheaply exploit the great Edgar Allan Poe’s reputation! The collection combines 6 issues worth of anthologies including a take on how the 1% would fare in “Masque of the Red Death” by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, Sherlock Holmes’s investigation of murders from two Poe stories by Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and Greg Scott, a update on the “Tell-Tale Heart” and more. Oh, and did we mention the new Cereal Monsters story from Mark Russell and Peter Snejberg?
SECOND COMING: ONLY BEGOTTEN SON: November 3, 2021 (Bookstores: November 16, 2021)
(W) Mark Russell, (A) Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk
The long-awaited second volume of the book ComicsBeat called “the world’s most dangerous comic book and the most lovely.” As superhero Sunstar anticipates becoming a father, he agonizes over how—and if—he can use his powers to make a better world for his child. And as Jesus Christ loses his bedroom to a nursery, he struggles to find a new place in a society that distorts and exploits his message for profit.
Simon & Schuster already has distribution deals with Boom Studios, Insight Editions, Legendary Comics, Oni Press, Rebellion, Source Point Press, Viz Media, Keenspot and Humanoids.
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