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ComicOne Transition to Dr.Master

posted on 2005-01-04 17:11 EST
DrMaster to take over some ComicsOne titles, while ComicsOne continues with others

A press release recently released by Diamond Book Distribution states:
DrMaster has selected Diamond Book Distributors as the exclusive U.S. distributor of English-language editions of its graphic novels and books to the bookstore, library, warehouse, mass merchandise, and specialty mass markets, as well as the non-exclusive worldwide distributor to hobby and comic book specialty markets.

With offices in Fremont, California; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan, DrMaster is dedicated to bringing translated Asian comic book and graphic novel titles from Japan and Hong Kong to American audiences, including such works as Onegai Teacher, Goku - Midnight Eye, Kazan, Sarai, and many others. DrMaster publishes its titles in the traditional, proven Asian format – trade paperback collections of several hundred pages in length..

ComicsOne was one of our best clients and we are elated to welcome its newest incarnation into the fold,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. “This latest agreement will help us continue making sure these brilliant books from Asia reach the widest American audience possible.”

“We here at DrMaster Publications are delighted to work with Diamond Book Distributors – the foremost distributor of comic books and graphic novels here in the United States,” said Shawn Sanders the Marketing Director for DrMaster Publications. “We have an exciting line-up for 2005. We plan to bring some Asia's best and brightest to the States and we happy to know Diamond is at the helm of distribution.”

Diamond's Sales Team will begin working with bookstores, book wholesalers, warehouse clubs, mass merchandisers, and libraries to place DrMaster titles across the country.


Shawn Sanders, the marketing manager for Dr.Master has spoke to ANN and cleared up a few misconceptions that this press release has caused.

ComicsOne is not ceasing its operations and is expected continue to continue releasing Kung Fu comics and some of its older manga.

Meanwhile DrMaster, ComicsOne's asian printer (not owner), is expected to take over the publication of newer manga.

ComicsOne will not release any new manga.

During this transition period, not all the details regarding this change are available to us, and some details may change, although we expect to be able to clarify them all later this month.

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