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Fantagraphics signs with LibraryPass for digital comics in school libraries

The new distribution deal will make digital versions of titles like Monsters and Love & Rockets available in schools and libraries

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Image credit: Fantagraphics/LibraryPass

Following last week’s announcement involving Image Comics, Seattle’s Fantagraphics has become the latest comic book publisher to sign with LibraryPass, Inc. for digital distribution via its Comics Plus program, making its titles available to schools and libraries for both online and offline reading.

Amongst the titles that will initially be made available on Comics Plus from the publisher as part of the deal are Hip Hop Family Tree, Peanuts Every Day, the multiple award-winning Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith, and a selection of titles from Love & Rockets by the Hernandez Brothers. More titles will be added in upcoming months, according to the publisher.

In a statement accompanying the news, Fantagraphics executive director of sales and marketing Jennifer Chan said, “We’ve been following LibraryPass since its inception and have been impressed with its growth and outreach within the school and library communities. As we continue to expand our eBook channels, we’re excited to partner with LibraryPass and their Comics Plus program and look forward to widen our availability in schools and libraries.”

“We’re truly honored to welcome a publisher with Fantagraphics’ pedigree to the Comics Plus family, especially since some of these titles have never been available to libraries in digital format before,” added LibraryPass’ chief content officer Guy LeCharles Gonzalez. “They’ve been on our wish list from the beginning, and it’s an exciting way to end what’s already been an incredible year for new partners.”

More information about LibraryPass and Comics Plus can be found here, but Fantagraphics’ Chan will be appearing in LibraryPass’ booth during LibraryCon Live 2022 at 3pm Pacific on November 17 to talk about the company as well as what people should be expecting from the partnership in coming months.

Read up about Image Comics’ deal with LibraryPass, which was announced last week.

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