Radical wins Diamond’s Gem Award for Best New Publisher
February 3rd, 2009 – Radical Publishing is proud to announce that they have been awarded New Comic Book Publisher of the Year for 2008 by Diamond Comics Distribution, the major comic book distributor in North America. Voted on by comic book store retailers based on overall impact on the industry, sales performance, quality and creativity, the Gem Awards represent Diamond’s annual recognition of outstanding suppliers in the comic book specialty market.
“To say that I am extremely proud of this award is an understatement,” said Radical’s President and Publisher Barry Levine. “It validates all the hard work and long hours that everyone involved with the company has put in for both launching and running Radical.”
The 19th annual awards recognized Radical for its publications ofHercules: The Thracian Wars and Caliber: First Canon of Justice, the company’s two flagship titles that debuted in May to sellout performances; along with the follow-up titles Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland and City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story, both of which garnered rave reviews, and the deluxe hardcover publication Mateki: The Magic Flute from international storytelling sensation Yoshitaka Amano.
Both Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Caliber: First Canon of Justice have already been collected into hardcover omnibus editions; a City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story collected edition from celebrated horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), has been scheduled, as has a sequel to the hit Hercules series, once again from veteran scribe Steve Moore and comics legend Jim Steranko. All of Radical’s titles have featured painted artwork on deluxe, glossy paper and some of the highest production values in the industry. Many of Radical’s titles have already garnered the interest of Hollywood, with noted directors and producers such as John Woo, Peter Berg, and Bryan Singer attached.
“I started Radical Publishing with the commitment to releasing only the best books in terms of both story and illustration,” Levine said. “Given that we were only in business for eight months for 2008 with just five titles, we definitely achieved that, and will continue to do so for this year and beyond. I want to thank all the retailers not only for their votes, but also for their overall support for this relatively new company. I would also like to thank the press for their write-ups for all of our books and to the comic fans who purchase and read them.”
Current series from Radical include Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising, a space opera that has received uniformly stellar reviews in both the industry and mainstream press, as well as Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, from fan-favorite creators Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis, which the Philadelphia Daily News hailed as “lightning in a bottle” and received its “highest possible recommendation.”
Upcoming titles include Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost, a dark and epic retelling of the famous fable with art by artist Patrick Reilly and story by Ian Edginton; FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, being written by David Hine; and The Last Days of American Crime created and written by Rick Remender.