Amazon gets into the comics biz, nabs George R.R. Martin

The biggest online retailer of them all is about to start making funny books, and look who's already involved!

Never mind Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW. There's a new game in town -- Jet City Comics. And the company producing this new line of comics is none other than Amazon.

Right from the get, that's a nice potential shot in the arm for both the digital end of the comic market and brick-and-mortar shops. But, as with all things, it boils down to a question of content.

So what's Amazon's lineup? Well! As we mentioned at the top, George R.R. Martin is on board, and he's bringing a little something old and a little something new along with him.

My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of ‘The Hedge Knight’ and ‘The Sworn Sword’ went out of print several years ago, so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel ‘Meathouse Man,’ adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.

In addition to Martin, Jet City will also see Hugh Howley's bestselling novel Wool adapted by two of our absolute favorite comic writers, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

It's an exciting move, not just because of Martin's involvement, but also because, lest we forget, Amazon began as a book retailer in 1994 before they went on to sell, ya know, everything else.

We are thrilled to see Hedge Knight back in print, and we'll definitely give Meathouse Man and Wool a shot. How about you?

(via The Huffington Post)

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