Penguin Random House Buys BOOM! Studios, DSTLRY Heads To Diamond, June’s Top-Selling Graphic Novels Revealed | Comic Book Club News For July 11, 2024

Comic Book Club News July 11 2024

Penguin Random House has bought BOOM! Studios. DSTLRY heads to Diamond. June’s top-selling graphic novels revealed. All on Comic Book Club News for July 11, 2024.


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Penguin buys BOOM!

DSTLRY heads to Diamond.

June’s top-selling graphic novels revealed.

This is Comic Book Club News for July 11, 2024.

Penguin Random House Has Bought BOOM! Studios:

In some wild business news, Penguin Random House has bought BOOM! Studios. As a result of the purchase, the comic company will now be distributed under the Random House Worlds imprint, which also includes Del Rey, Inklore, and their licensing program.

The news was first reported by Bleeding Cool, who added that a staff meeting happened on Wednesday to alert BOOM! Studios staff of the layoffs. More information was provided via Publishers Weekly, which added that BOOM! “will remain based in its Los Angeles offices and retain editorial and publishing independence.” However, as part of the deal, BOOM! founder Ross Richie will leave the company, with BOOM! director of strategy Jen Harned taking over and reporting to Random House Worlds president Scott Shannon.

While Penguin Random House has its own distribution arm, BOOM! will remain with Diamond Distributors for the time being, and use Simon & Schuster for book distribution.

As for what this means for comic book fans? TBD. Certainly with San Diego Comic-Con coming at the end of the month, while this will be a hot topic at barcon, for sure, any announcements, panels, and signings will most likely continue as planned. In fact, the publisher has already announced an ashcan of Jeff Lemire’s highly anticipated Minor Arcana, and multiple exclusives tying into Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR. Any changes to titles shouldn’t impact immediately — though as this is a developing story, stay tuned. And good luck to the current BOOM! staffers, as these sorts of changes are rough.

DSTLRY Heads To Diamond For Distribution:

In more business moves, DSTLRY has switched their distribution from Lunar to Diamond.

Said DSTLRY co-founders Chip Mosher and David Steinberger in a joint statement provided to Comic Book Club: “Diamond has more than 40 years of expertise in ensuring comics and graphic novels are available every Wednesday when comic book stores open. They’re continually evolving to meet the demands of the retailer, remaining an integral foundation to the comic ecosystem. DSTLRY could have never enjoyed the stability and success of its debut year without Diamond. Solidifying that partnership with an exclusive deal was an easy decision.”

While this again won’t initially impact consumers too much, the change takes place immediately with next week’s final order cutoff date for comic book stores. And starting in September, DSTLRY will be bumped up to Diamond’s Deluxe Tier, which gives them preferred listings in the Previews catalog. Sounds swanky!

Energon Universe Tops June’s Best-Selling Graphic Novels:

Yesterday, we discussed the best-selling single issues of June. Today, it’s time for the best-selling graphic novels of June. And it’s all about the Energon Universe, and DC’s Compact Comics.

Per ICv2, Duke Volume 1 was the top-selling graphic novel of June, in terms of units sold. It’s followed in the number two and three slots by Batman: The Court of Owls and Watchmen, both from DC’s new, affordable $9.99 Compact Comics line. All-Star Superman also charted from that line, at number six, which bodes well for the print format going forward.

They did not, though, top the dollars earned list, given the price point. Instead, that honor once again went to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Last Ronin for, I want to say, the 6000th month in a row.

Back to units sold, though, from the Energon Universe, Transformers and Void Rivals both hit the Top 20. And in a flip from single issues, Marvel only took two slots: a new printing of Spider-Man Reign at number five, and Predator vs. Wolverine falling to number 18.

Other highlights include Fantagraphics My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 2 charting at number 12, Lilo & Stitch hitting at number 17, and the great Our Bones Dust sneaking in at number 20.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. More like our bones doing great!

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