Vault and Lunar; Zoop and 3W/3M

More platforms, more options, more ways to get comics. Some recent business partnerships show that the comics industry has more ways than ever to get things done.

Add Vault to the list of comic publishers carried by Lunar Distribution, the distribution arm of DCBS. Vault’s comics and graphic novels are available to order with Lunar beginning with titles shipping in May 2022 and offer the same line-wide discounts and return opportunities for new single issues as through Diamond.

“We know that more than ever flexibility is extremely important for our trading partners. We are therefore expanding our distribution relationships to enable our retail partners to make the choices that are best for their businesses,” said Vault CEO, Damien Wassel in a report. “We are excited to begin working with Lunar and excited to continue our relationship with Diamond.”

The PR noted that Vault’s comics and graphic novels are available to order through Diamond, Simon & Schuster, and as e-books through InScribe — that last item is something we’ve never seen mentioned for e-books before? No Comixology?

In addition to being DC Comics’ exclusive distributor to comic book stores, Lunar also distributes Ahoy, Scout, Silver Sprocket, and several other publishers.

In an interesting start-up, 3 Worlds/3 Moons, the Substack-based editor created by Mike del Mundo, Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddlestonannounced that it is partnering with crowdfunding platform Zoop for execution.

3W/3M is teaming up with the team at Zoop, a comic-centric crowdfunding/pre-order platform, to print, fill out, and ship this book to you, along with all other promised subscriber rewards (such as as the first 500/Ashcan Founders/Print/Collector Card).

The first project carried out via Zoop will be The [SYSTEMS] Graphic Novel Sourcebook, their first print publication from 3W/3M which was offered as a reward to founding and annual subscribers. Although subscribers will have to pay shipping costs, foreign subscribers will be able to obtain the books, as long as they can pay the shipping costs.

Zoop launched last year as a one-stop-shop for pre-ordering, production, fulfillment, and marketing for creators who don’t want to do all the heavy lifting for their crowdfunding campaigns. It makes perfect sense for a small publisher like 3W/3M to outsource some of this – although calling 3W/3M a small publisher might be a bit of a misnomer as they recently hired Steve Wacker away from Marvel, and are planning an ambitious list of interconnected SF titles.