It’s been about a year since we ran our Johnny Repeat contest and talked to the husband & wife team of Jason and Elizabeth James about their first graphic novel, Johnny Repeat … and it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything out of their company, Citizen Press. So I was pleasantly surprised to get a press release from them the other day on the bookstore distribution deal they’ve signed with Partners Publishers Group.
From the release:
Publisher Elizabeth James announced today that Citizen Press has partnered with distributor Partners Publishers Group to bring its brand of “Entertainment for the People” to a bookstore near you. First up on their list… the 2006 cult hit graphic novel JOHNNY REPEAT.
“I’m extremely excited about bringing JOHNNY REPEAT to a broader audience and flattered that a national book distributor of PPG’s caliber is welcoming us into their family with such open arms” said Elizabeth. “With the crossover successes of properties like Heroes, 300 and Sin City, the overall mainstreaming of comic books in general, and a JOHNNY REPEAT sequel on the way, now is the time.”
Established by Sam Speigel in 1997, Partners Publishers Group was created to help independent publishers like Citizen Press overcome the daunting challenges of national bookstore distribution. “Unlike many distributors, PPG does not reject single title author/publishers for that reason alone,” said Sam. “Each submission is evaluated on its own merits.”
The first in a series of graphic novels, JOHNNY REPEAT is written by Elizabeth’s husband, creator Jason James (Gotham Girls) and boasts an incredible mix of artists, featuring a wraparound cover by the legendary Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween and NBC’s Heroes), with interior art by Paul Azaceta (Grounded), Fabio Cobiaco (Gunned Down), Bruno D’Angelo (Prey), Mark Dos Santos (Western Tales of Terror), Geof Isherwood (Conan) and Noel Tuazon (Elk’s Run).