One of the better developments in the comic book industry lately has been the shattering of Diamond’s monopoly on the distribution market. For a long time if a comic book vendor wanted to sell anything, it was Diamond or nothing. But after Diamond chose to shut down temporarily during the start of the pandemic, the big boys like Marvel and DC suddenly had a reason to oppose Diamond’s level of power, and looked for other partners.
The breakup has now allowed smaller companies to choose their own distributors too. Tidal Wave Productions, a small comics outfit from Washington State, has entered a new agreement with the up-and-coming Comics Distro to distribute their new creations to comics shops, as well as reprints of their older material.
“We’re excited to distribute TidalWave comic books and publications to stores. They have a rich library of compelling stories and their biographies are second-to-none,” says Comic Distro’s Founder Austin Osueke. “I am excited to see a new player in the world of comic distributors,” adds TidalWave Productions Publisher Darren G. Davis. “Comic book stores are the backbone of the comic book industry. Giving them a choice of distributors is a game changer. Comic Distro is a ground breaking one stop shop for the comic book world.”
These days, Tidal Wave is mainly famous for their biography comics about famous figures in politics and the media, but they were also responsible for 2000s hits like 10th Muse, Power of the Valkyrie, and Legend of Isis (as in the Egyptian figure…Davis says he would like to continue the series at some point, but a terrorist group claiming the same name has kinda forced a hiatus).
The deal is effective immediately and the next issues due out from Tidal Wave will be distributed by Comic Distro.