Dark Horse Comics has announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide multi-year agreement with the Penguin Random House publishing group for the latter’s sales and distribution of Dark Horse’s newly published and backlist single-issue comic book periodicals, graphic novels, and manga to direct market comic shops. The direct market is mostly composed of comic book stores that receive their inventories from certain distributors, separate from most other kinds of bookstores or mass-market retailers. This expands the companies’ current partnership, in which Penguin Random House sells and distributes Dark Horse’s trade books and graphic novels to bookstores.

Diamond Distribution was Dark Horse’s previous partner for nearly 30 years. Dark Horse’s products will still remain available on Diamond.

Penguin Random House Publisher Services’ clients include Seven Seas Entertainment, Kodansha USA Publishing (which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints), Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. for its Square Enix Manga & Books publishing label, and Dark Horse Comics.

Source: ANN