Another brick in the distribution wall as TKO Studios has announced they’ll be getting bookstore distribution via Simon & Schuster starting next month.
S&S already distributes many graphic novel publishers, including Viz, Boom, Oni and many more.
TKO Studios launched in 2018 with an innovative business model that involved periodical format comics, direct to consumer sales, and other quirky details. Since then they’ve put a line of well-reviewed books and plenty of collected editions…the time for a bookstore partner was nigh. S&S will also distribute book from TKO’s recently announced Rogue prose imprint.
“We’re excited for this partnership with Simon & Schuster to dramatically expand the reach of our extensive, bestselling catalog and bring TKO titles to the attention of an even wider range of retailers and fans around the world,” says Tze Chun, TKO Studios President and Co-founder.
“We are delighted to welcome TKO Studios to our family of distribution clients,” said Michael Perlman, Vice President, General Manager of Simon & Schuster Publisher Services. “We look forward to working together to take their business to new levels.”
And a summation of the last four years’ publishing program:
TKO Studios publishes comics, graphic novels, and literature by a critically acclaimed array of creators, authors, and artists. Notable TKO titles include DJELIYA, by Juni Ba, THE BANKS by N.Y. Times bestseller Roxane Gay (Hunger, Bad Feminist) and Ming Doyle (The Kitchen), the Eisner Award-nominated SENTIENT by Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and Gabriel Walta (Vision), SARA by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and Steve Epting (Captain America: Winter Soldier), GRAVENEYE by Sloane Leong and Anna Bowles, as well as the upcoming illustrated novellas, BROOD X, by Eisner nominee Joshua Dysart with M.K. Perker, and ONE EYE OPEN, by N.Y. Times bestselling author Alex Grecian (The Yard) with Andrea Mutti. Both titles are scheduled for print and digital release under the new TKO Rogue literary imprint on March 11th.