British comic book and graphic novel publisher TPub has just signed a new agreement with Diamond, expanding the distributor’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 catalogue where comic book and thriller fans can pre-order TPub graphic novels.
Founded by Neil Gibson in late 2011, TPub caters to the thrill seeking crowd, currently producing 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.
At a talk at the flagship Regent Street Apple Store in London in November 2012, Neil was unequivocal about his passion for the comic book medium, and, like many other creators of the medium, is keen to get people to take graphic novels seriously.
“Comics are often seen as infantile” he explained. “I intend to completely change the way most people think about comic books, I want to convince people who blindly assume comics aren’t serious literature to actually give them a shot.”
Their stories are filled with suspense, terror, mystery and a hint of humour to keep readers on the edge of their seats but since their beginnings, the company’s collections of graphic novels were only available to purchase in the UK or online.
This new 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.”
• Customers looking to pre-order TPub Publisher titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com
• TPub are part of Lines of London in conjunction with Orbital Comics and London Book & Screen Week on Friday 17th April (7.00 – 9.00pm) at Orbital Comics – the first drawing class of the year with a focus on sequential storytelling.
TPub artists Caspar Wijngaard, Seb Antoniou and Patrick Koduah will guide you through an original three-page sequence, exploring the various ways it can be interpreted visually. Bring your own art equipment & supplies, and we’ll supply the refreshments. Tickets are expected to sell fast with the long-awaited return of our drawing classes, so grab yours today! More info: www.orbitalcomics.com/lines-of-london-sequential-drawing-class-friday-april-17/
• Buy Twisted Dark Volume One
Twisted Dark is Neil Gibson’s interconnected psychological thriller anthology – and three volumes have been published to date, with a fourth due for release in September 2015 . This, the first volume, is formed of 12 individual and unique stories comprising of nearly 200 hundred pages. The stories vary from 10 year old girls to Colombian drug lords and everything in between but the stories are all somehow connected some obviously so and some not. It is left to the reader to find the connections, with some impossible to see until you have read multiple volumes. The books contains horror, dark, at times demented, stories incorporating every human emotion, illegal activity, and brutal reality. Using various illustrators allows each story and character to develop their own form the reader is left desperate to turn the pages. The book has been embraced by the comic book world receiving critical acclaim and a cult underground following.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.