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Indie Graphic Novel Publisher Archaia Signs With PGW

archaia logo 7fcDear Fanboy Comics Readers:

The Staff of Fanboy Comics is excited to announce a big distribution deal this week in the independent comic book publishing world.  Publishers Group West (PGW), a member of the Perseus Books Group, will begin distributing both front and back list titles from up-and-coming independent graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC.  

Archaia is widely known throughout the graphic novel community for producing visually stunning works that seek to transform the mind, with titles including Mouse Guard, Dapper Men, The Killer, and the entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels.  As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, it was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year and received nine Eisner Award nominations in 2011.  Archaia’s domestic and international successes will continue to find large audiences, as PGW is set to distribute the titles to the U.S. and Canada.  According to Archaia CEO PJ Bickett, “We are proud to be forging powerful partnerships with industry leaders in all aspects of our business, underscoring Archaia’s arrival as a substantial player within the publishing world.  PGW represents our newest prestigious partner, a world-class distributor that has the unique ability to expand our company’s titles across the book trade, educational, library, and international markets.”

Publishers Group West maintains its status as one of the top ten book vendors in the company, working with more than 100 independent publishers.  It will provide various services to Archaia including distribution, marketing, sales, and digital distribution, which has become a requirement for all graphic novel publishers seeking to stay current in today’s digital comics market.  The excitement over the deal is mutual, as Kevin Votel, PGW’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, stated, “Archaia is a publisher to be reckoned with that is consistently developing some of the most beautifully illustrated and masterfully written titles across all genres.”   

On behalf of Fanboy Comics, I look forward to the great work to be released from the joint forces of Archaia Entertainment and Publishers Group West.  In addition, I encourage our readers to check out Archaia’s website,  The site features all of the publishers’ titles, including new releases, while also encouraging artists to submit their own work.  Archaia is a big supporter of creator-owned projects, which couldn’t be more in line with the M.O. of Fanboy Comics.


Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief




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