Great Scott! Comic Shops Celebrate Back to the Future Day!

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Great Scott! Comic Shops Celebrate Back to the Future Day!
Prepare for Back to the Future day with memorabilia available at comic book shops

(BALTIMORE)-(September 21, 2015) –One of the most widely anticipated fandom dates takes place next month as October 21, 2015 is the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown time traveled in their DeLorean to 2015 to save Marty’s future self. To celebrate this once in a lifetime date, Diamond has a created the perfect Back to the Future catalog, featuring Back to the Future comics, toys and collectibles available to order from comic book specialty shops.

The Back to the Future Catalog is available online for both retailers and consumers to use for ordering their favorite Marty, Doc, DeLorean toys, games, collectibles, apparel and more!  Retailers are encouraged to link to the e-catalog and promote it to their customers to showcase all the items available to order.

“Our goal is to remind comic shop customers that their comic shop is a great source for Back to the Future collectibles, featuring fun and new items exclusive to comic shops”, said Diamond’s Consumer Marketing Manager, Andy Mueller.  “We’ll be reaching out to the visitors of PREVIEWSworld, FreeComicBookDay and ToyChestnews to remind fans about Back to the Future products coming to comic shops and showcase the e-catalog for them to check out. It’s easy to go ‘Back to the Future’, just go to your local comic shop!” 


Leading up to Back to the Future Day, PREVIEWSworld.com will be hosting a BTTF contest to win the ultimate Back to the Future prize pack including great items from Diamond Select Toys. The contest will take place October 5th through October 25th and all you need to do is sign-up for TOYCHESTNews free weekly e-newsletter at www.toychestnews.com/subscribe.  

To order Back to the Future items from your local comic book shop, find a comic shop near you at www.comicshoplocator.com.  So hop in your DeLorean and head to your local comic shop to get your Back to the Future items today! 

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

Diamond Appointed Master Distributor for Bandai America Products

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Diamond Appointed Master Distributor for Bandai America Products

Leading toy manufacturer signs with Diamond to distribute and market its products in the U.S.

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 11, 2015) — Diamond Comic Distributors has finalized negotiations with Bandai America Incorporated to become a Master Distributor for the leading toy manufacturer. The deal makes Diamond the preferred distributor on behalf of Bandai America to select retailers throughout the United States.

Bandai America is home to some of the most powerful entertainment toy brands, including Power Rangers, Big Hero 6™, GODZILLA™, and SprüKits®,  as well as extremely successful Japanese hobby and collector lines.

“We have a long standing strategic partnership with Diamond,” said Michael Ciminera, Bandai America’s Vice President of Sales. “We fully believe in their ability to distribute and market Bandai products far and wide into the U.S. market.”

“We’re gratified by the trust Bandai America has placed in us to be their Master Distributor,” said Diamond’s Director of Vendor Development, Eric Burkhardt. “We look forward to partnering with them to grow Bandai America’s diverse and successful product lines to U.S. toy , hobby and specialty retailers.”

Diamond will support Bandai America launches through its monthly PREVIEWS catalog, innovative programs to its retailer partners, and other unique marketing and distribution services.

Diamond Showcases San Diego Comic-Con Booth and Events Giveaways, exclusive first-looks, booth signings, Retailer Appreciation Lunch, the PREVIEWS Panel, and more set to take place at Comic-Con International

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Diamond Showcases San Diego Comic-Con Booth and Events

Giveaways, exclusive first-looks, booth signings, Retailer Appreciation Lunch, the PREVIEWS Panel, and more set to take place at Comic-Con International

(BALTIMORE, MD)- (July 2, 2015)- Diamond Comic Distributors and its PREVIEWSworld booth (#2401) are full steam ahead for Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC),  showcasing products for attendees to see WHAT’S@COMICSHOPS in the near future, con-exclusives they can enter to win, and more.  Additional activities at the booth include a signing with Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, photo opportunities with Star Wars characters, game demonstrations, and more for attendees to discover. Diamond is bringing 22 con-exclusives to the show from Marvel Comics, DC Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, IDW, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, Oni Press, Funko, Medicom Toy, and the Wonderland Toy Company. Attendees interested in the exclusives will be directed to retailers on the convention floor who have them available for purchase.

Additional products showcased at the booth include the latest offerings from Bandai America with their Godzilla, Power Rangers, and SPRUkits toy lines; new comic-branded trains from Lionel; Marvel Nendoriods and Figmas from the Good Smile Company; a glow-in-the-dark Cthulhu from Warpo Toys; TMNT clay sculpts from Threezero; new PREVIEWS exclusives from Funko, high quality Halloween masks and more will be available to admire for con-goers.

The Cthulhu fans can get their first look at the glow-in-the-dark and standard 12″ Cthulhu that will be debuting at the Diamond booth. With an MSRP of $125, the glow in the dark 12″ Cthulhu packaged in an early 1980’s style, full-color box designed by artist Ken Kelly, will have a limited production run, features removable wings, 7 points of articulation, and pliable “gripping hands,” suited for grasping 3.75″ action figures to their doom.

Also debuting at the booth will be four unique clay sculpts for the upcoming Threezero and Kevin Eastman 1/6th scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectible figures.  The four TMNT figures will include Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo designed by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman specifically for this collaboration. The figures in this series will be 1/6th scale and fully-articulated, featuring tailored fabric clothing and the various weapons recognizable by fans as their classic accessories. The four figures from Threezero will be released later this year for pre-order through the PREVIEWS catalog at comic book specialty shops.

The Diamond/ PREVEIWS booth will also feature a Star Wars section as attendees can stop by and view the new Peavey Star Wars Guitars and Straps and Santa Cruz Skateboards and Decks. During the show, fans will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a Santa Cruz Star Wars Vader Skateboard and a Peavey Star Wars Boba Fett Predator Guitar.  Star Wars characters, C-3PO, R2-D2, R5-D4 and Jawas will also be present at the booth each day for pictures.

Creator of the hit TV show Bob’s Burgers Loren Bouchard will be available for signings and photos July 10th from 12:30-1:30pm in addition to the Benchwarmer Trading Card girls, Raquel Pomplun, Malorie Mackey, and Pamela Horton who will be available for signings Thursday, July 9th through Sunday.

Strategy game fans will want to join in on the new Pathfinders -Wrath of Righteousness Adventure Card Game with live demos taking place July 9th and 10th at specified times.

On Thursday July 9th, Diamond will host its own PREVIEWSworld Panel from 12:30-1:30pm PST in room 8. The panel will give a detailed look inside the pages of PREVIEWS, information on how PREVIEWSworld.com interacts with the catalog, a look at the new “How To Order” comic, followed by an interactive Q&A session. The panel will be led by PREVIEWS Editor Marty Grosser, PREVIEWSworld.com Editor Vince Brusio and Diamond Consumer Marketing Manager Andy Mueller.  Panel attendees will get a free copy of the July issue of PREVIEWS and have a chance to win many other great prizes. On Friday July 10th, Diamond will also host a Retailer Appreciation Lunch from 12:00PM-2:30PM in room 31A. Lunch sponsors Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Titan Publishing, and Valiant Entertainment will make presentations, announcing their upcoming editorial plans and other news in addition to Diamond presenting its new initiatives for retailers.

For more information about Diamond’s SDCC Exclusives and where to find them, in addition to learning more about Diamond’s Comic-Con activities, visit www.previewsworld.com.

 

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

Reminder from Diamond :Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2015) —On May 2nd the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

This year’s roster contains 50 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes, including Marvel’s Secret Wars, DC Comic’s Divergence, Bob’s Burgers, SpongeBob, Transformers, Pokemon, The Tick, Rabbids, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of the 50 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other fun activities to take part in.

“Free Comic Book Day is the ultimate comic book experience, giving those who may be new comics, those who enjoy the TV Shows and movies based off of comic books, and also devoted comic readers, the opportunity to get great titles for free,” says Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.

“Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best Free Comic Book Day experience. Their events help bring together like-minded fans who come to discover new stories, explore all the fun and trendy comic book and pop-culture related items available in comic shops while enjoying the biggest comic book day of the year with family and friends!”

To find a participating FCBD comic shop, view all 50 free titles, and see special FCBD messages from actors and comic book fans Mark Hamill and Robin Lord Taylor, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

Some of the videos Special FCBD Messages are here

http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD15_ComicBookMen

http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_JasonMewes

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_LawrenceGilliard

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_ChadColeman

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics

*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd

 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL

JAN150002 - FCBD 2015 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL (NET)

BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150003 - FCBD 2015 BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL (NET)

DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN

JAN150004 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN (NET) (M

DC COMICS| DIVERGENCE

JAN150005 - FCBD 2015 DC COMICS DIVERGENCE (NET)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS

JAN150006 - FCBD 2015 BOBS BURGERS (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0

JAN150007 - FCBD 2015 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0 (NET)

IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1

JAN150008 - FCBD 2015 SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY (NET)

MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS #0

JAN150009 - FCBD 2015 SECRET WARS #0 (Net)

TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL

JAN150010 - FCBD 2015 DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL (NET)

UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLES FUNNIES

JAN150011 - FCBD 2015 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (NET)

VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON

JAN150012 - FCBD 2015 PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON (NET)

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics

* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.  

 12 GAUGE COMICS| I.C.E.: BAYOU BLACKOUT

JAN150045 - FCBD 2015 ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT (NET)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT| GRONK AND FRIENDS\

JAN150013 - FCBD 2015 GRONK AND FRIENDS (NET)

ANTARTCTIC PRESS| STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS

JAN150014 - FCBD 2015 STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS (NET)

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

JAN150016 - FCBD 2015 WORLDS OF ASPEN (NET)

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

JAN150017 - FCBD 2015 HATTER M LOVE OF WONDER (NET)

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

JAN150018 - FCBD 2015 MERCURY HEAT DEBUT (NET) (MR)

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1

JAN150019 - FCBD 2015 COMICS FESTIVAL (NET)
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

JAN150020 - FCBD 2015 MARCH GRAND PRIX (NET)

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

JAN150021 - FCBD 2015 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS (NET)

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

JAN150022 - FCBD 2015 CAPTAIN CANUCK (NET)

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

JAN150023 - FCBD 2015 AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0 (NET) (MR)

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, BANDETTE

JAN150024 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE (NET)
DC COMICS| TEEN TITAN GO, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP

JAN150025 - FCBD 2015 TEEN TITANS GO SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP (NET)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

JAN150026 - FCBD 2015 SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO (N

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

JAN150027 - FCBD 2015 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 3-IN-1 FEATURING COSPLAYERS (N

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

JAN150028 - FCBD 2015 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (NET)
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

JAN150030 - FCBD 2015 PHANTOM SPECIAL (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE

JAN150031 - FCBD 2015 TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE (NET)
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0

JAN150032 - FCBD 2015 TALES OF HONOR (NET)
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

JAN150033 - FCBD 2015 KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150034 - FCBD 2015 LEGENDARY COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

JAN150035 - FCBD 2015 STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (NET)

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

JAN150036 - FCBD 2015 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS (Net)

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

JAN150037 - FCBD 2015 THE TICK (NET)

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

JAN150038 - FCBD 2015 TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 (NET)

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

JAN150039 - FCBD 2015 RABBIDS (NET)

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

JAN150040 - FCBD 2015 LADY JUSTICE (NET)

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL

JAN150041 - FCBD 2015 2000 AD SPECIAL (NET)

 

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS

JAN150042 - FCBD 2015 BODIE TROLL & FRIENDS (NET)
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

JAN150029 - FCBD 2015 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (NET)

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

JAN150043 - FCBD 2015 STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS (NET)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

JAN150044 - FCBD 2015 MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI (NET)

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

JAN150046 - FCBD 2015 STREET FIGHTER SUPER COMBO SPECIAL (NET)
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150047 - FCBD 2015 VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL (NET)

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

JAN150048 - FCBD 2015 VIZ JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE AND YU GI OH (NET)

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

JAN150049 - FCBD 2015 GFT WONDERLAND SPECIAL EDITION ONE SHOT (NET) (MR)

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

JAN150050 - FCBD 2015 ZENESCOPE JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 ONE SHOT (NET)

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  All rights reserved. Free Comic Book Day, FCBD, and the FCBD logo are copyright Diamond and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 

 

UK Publisher TPub Titles Coming to Book Markets Worldwide

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UK Publisher TPub Titles Coming to Book Markets Worldwide

(BALTIMORE, Maryland) — (April 8, 2015) —Diamond is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement with British comic book and graphic novel publisher TPub, expanding Diamond’s abilities to distribute TPub’s titles worldwide into comic book specialty markets, gaming and hobby markets, as well as book markets through Diamond Book Distributors. TPub’s publications will be solicited in Diamond’s monthly PREVIEWS catalog where comic book and thriller fans can pre-order TPub graphic novels.

TPub caters to the thrill seeking crowd. Their stories are filled with suspense, terror, mystery and a hint of humor to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Since their beginnings in 2011, TPub’s collections of graphic novels were only available to purchase in the UK or online. The agreement with Diamond will allow comic book shops and book stores to have the opportunity to carry TPub’s titles, expanding reach and audience engagement.

“We are pleased to build on our original agreement with TPub and have the opportunity to offer their titles into new outlets through Diamond Book Distributors,” said Diamond’s Vice President of Purchasing, John Wurzer. “Through our combined efforts, Diamond hopes to bring TPub new success within the industry, increasing audience awareness and continued demand for their printed works.”

“We’re very excited to be expanding our agreement with Diamond to include the bookstore market,” said Head of TPub Operations Ryan O’Sullivan. “As creators of graphic novels exclusively, selling our books to bookstores, libraries, and schools was an obvious next step for us as a publishing house. Our goal at TPub has always been to get even more people reading comics, and with the increased reach we now have through Diamond, we’re ready to do just that.”

The top titles TPub produces includes the Twisted Dark series and the graphic novels Tortured Life and Tabatha. In 2016, TPub will be breaking into new genres to include titles containing super heroes, dramatic titles and autobiography works for younger readers. 

Customers looking to pre-order TPub Publisher titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com. New retailers interested in purchasing TPub’s titles are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001.

Lo Pan Mesmerizes with Radiant Glow as Exclusive POP!

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Lo Pan Mesmerizes with Radiant Glow as Exclusive POP! 

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(BALTIMORE, MD) – (March 11, 2015)- The flesh-craving wizard David Lo Pan from the film Big Trouble in Little China shows off his magical powers as a PREVIEWS Exclusive Glow-in-The-Dark POP!. The glowing Lo Pan is available to pre-order from the March PREVIEWS catalog and will be available to purchase from comic book specialty shops in late May. 

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Funko has captured the ghostly appearance of dark wizard David Lo Pan in his otherworldly form as this exclusive glow-in-the-dark POP! figure. Cast in translucent blue vinyl with glow highlights added, Lo Pan gives off a magical blue glimmer from his eyes, face, and hands contrasted by his dark Chinese garment as replicated from the movie. This one is a must-have for fans of John Carpenter’s hilarious fantasy actioner, Big Trouble in Little China!

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To pre-order this unique Lo Pan POP! priced at $10.99, use item code MAR152501 at your local comic book shop. Find a local comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

DARK HORSE TAKES HOME MULTIPLE DIAMOND GEM AWARDS

DARK HORSE TAKES HOME MULTIPLE DIAMOND GEM AWARDS

“DARK HORSE PRESENTS,” “SERENITY” EARN DIAMOND’S TOP AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This week, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the recipients of the prestigious Diamond Gem Awards, the pinnacle of sales achievement for publishers, vendors, industry executives, creators, and more, with Dark Horse Comics receiving several accolades for its 2014 projects.

Dark Horse dominated among independent publishers for the second year running, with the new launch of Dark Horse Presents earning Anthology of the Year for the third consecutive time.

This year’s Dark Horse wins are as follows:

• Licensed Comic Book of the Year: Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1 (NOV130031)
• Licensed TP/HC of the Year: Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search Library Ed. HC (OCT130056)
• Anthology of the Year: Dark Horse Presents 2014 #1 (JUN140010)

“The Gem Awards are very important to us, since they originate within the retail community. We are honored that our work has been chosen for recognition in such a major way,” said Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson. “Thank you to all our retail partners for their support this year, and we look forward to continuing our success in 2015.”

Dark Horse congratulates the editors, creators, and licensors who worked on each of the above titles and thanks our retail partners for all their support in 2014!

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

Diamond Select Toys Partners with Nickelodeon to Create New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Products

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more popular today than ever before. The newest animated series on Nickelodeon is beloved by new and longtime fans alike, creating a diverse audience hungry for new stories, media and merchandise. With that audience in mind, Nickelodeon has partnered with Diamond Select Toys (DST) to create a similarly diverse array of toys and collectibles for fans of the hit franchise, with the first products scheduled to debut at the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one of those brands that any company would love to work on,” says Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “Not just because it’s so popular today, but because it’s such a long-lived property, with distinctly different incarnations of the Turtles and their colorful supporting characters stretching back to the late 1980s. Plus, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun. They’re turtles who fight ninjas, robots, and talking brains. What’s not to love?”

“The depth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise allows us to continue to create new products that will resonate with both new and loyal fans,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products.  “Partnering with Diamond Select Toys to create a variety of products is a perfect example of the momentum of the Heroes in a Half Shell.”

Comic-Con International in San Diego, which runs from July 24-28, will see the first physical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products from Diamond Select, two translucent Minimates mini-figures of Leonardo and Michelangelo.  These products will be handed out for free (while supplies last) daily during the convention at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#2607) and Nickelodeon booth (#4113), respectively.

Products from several different categories will begin to hit stores in September, including:

•    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 1: The cast of the animated series has been transformed into a series of 2 -inch block figures as part of the wide-ranging Minimates brand. Each figure in the line features interchangeable parts as well as their trademark weapons. Characters include the four Turtles, April O’Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldiers, Foot-Bot, Kraang and Exo-Armor Kraang and are available in blind bags and two-packs. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores, Kmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us.

•    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks: The four turtles will be re-created from the waist-up as full-color vinyl money banks. Striking action poses with their trademark weapons, each 7 inch bust is based on 3D data from the animated series, and will feature collectible-quality sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores and Toys “R”Us.

•    Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener: A classic image of Michelangelo enjoying a slice of pizza, taken from promotional artwork for the 1987 cartoon series, has been turned into a 3D metal bottle opener, with magnets on the back so it can be hung on any metal surface. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.

•    Michelangelo Pizza Cutter: Michelangelo’s mind is always on pizza, and now his head will help slice it! This pizza cutter shaped like Michelangelo’s head is a must-have for any pizza party, Turtle-themed or otherwise. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.

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ABOUT DIAMOND SELECT TOYS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Envisioned to create unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a vast array of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York design studio Art Asylum, creators of the global Minimates brand. Minimates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. With partners including Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, EA Games, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select manufactures a wide variety of collectible products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).