FAQ

Emerald Comics Distro FAQ

When did this happen?

Emerald Comics Distro was founded in 2016 by Anne Bean.

What exactly does Emerald do?

Emerald Comics Distro helps independent comics creators, creative teams, and small presses sell comics.

Since the beginning, Emerald has been providing Pacific Northwest consignment and sales management, repping and selling comics to shops. Creators provide us with books; we sell and consign them, hold the sales money in trust for the creators, and then pass sales money back on a monthly basis. 

The next phase of Emerald's overall plan is here! Some of the full ECD catalog is available for retail purchase, and even more tasty books are available to shops across the world in the wholesale catalog. If you're a comic shop, bookstore, library, or other brick and mortar retailer and you'd like high quality indie comics in your shop, please fill out a wholesale application and check out our wholesale terms. 

Why buy from Emerald Comics Distro?

When you buy comics from ECD, you are supporting great independent comics creators and small presses. Find high-quality small press titles, unique minicomics, and even indie work of established creators.

Where can I find ECD-distributed comics in shops?

Right now, Emerald is working with over a dozen comic shops and bookstores in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Mt. Vernon, and Portland. We're always expanding. Check out our current map!

What's the overall plan?

Emerald started out doing local distribution to shops in the Puget Sound region. ECD has since expanded local distro to north as far as Mt. Vernon and south to Portland.

This online store marks the next phase of ECD's evolution. Now brick and mortar shops all over the world can get ECD's quality indie comics at wholesale prices. Plus, the retail shop lets customers from all over the world buy comics directly.

Can I submit work for distribution?

During open submissions periods, yes! You can find more details on our submissions page.

What kind of work are you looking for?

Emerald is looking for comic books (floppies, trade paperbacks, or hardbacks) that have some kind of narrative to them. In general, Emerald values good storytelling, diversity of subjects and creators, and good quality production. Take a look at our online catalog to get a sense of what we distribute.

How much does distribution cost creators?

Send us some information on our contact form, and we’ll get back to you with pricing and further details. For books in the PNW Consignment and Sales Management program, instead of ECD taking a cut of wholesale money, creators pay a monthly service fee. For books sold online, ECD does take a cut of sales. Creators always get at least 50% of cover prices.