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Comics Alliance Podcast 106: Amazon Buys ComiXology

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The big story of the week is the acquisition of leading digital comics retailer ComiXology by Amazon.com. ComiXology has facilitated over 200 million downloads of digital comics, making it the largest provider of American comic books from nearly every major publisher as well as small press and independent creators. Amazon.com is one of if not the biggest retailers of, well, everything in the world, including a leading seller of digital content in the form of music, video and electronic books.

What does this acquisition mean for Comixology and the American comic book industry as a whole? To address these questions and ask even more besides, Senior Editor Andy Khouri is joined tthis week by Heidi MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief of comics news and culture site The Beat; Matt D. Wilson, ComicsAlliance contributor and the writer of the digital comic book Copernicus Jones, Robot Detective; and Alison Baker and Chris Roberson, publishers of Monkeybrain Comics, an imprint with an exclusive digital distribution deal with ComiXology.

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ComiXology To Become A Subsidiary Of Amazon

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According to the ComiXology Tumblr, the digital comics company will become a part of Amazon's ever-growing media empire sometime in the second quarter of 2014, which would mean before the end of June.

The news is a pretty big surprise. Though there have been a few rumblings about a possible acquisition over the past few weeks, they were not much more than rumors. Now, it appears to all be a done deal.

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A Lot More Marvel TV Potentially On The Way

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It looks like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is just the beginning of Marvel's network TV ambitions.

According to Deadline, the company has developed a 60-episode package of four drama shows and a miniseries -- one of which could be the rumored Agent Carter series -- to be shopped around to different networks including WGN America. Also in the mix are video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video.

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Amazon Launches New Jet City Comics Imprint With ‘Symposium’

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Amazon's been testing a lot of different ideas, including digital comics, with its new publishing wing. Now, it seems that the online retail giant is really committing to the format.  This morning, Amazon announced the formation of Jet City, a sci-fi/fantasy comics imprint, and the launch of Symposium, a "sidequest comic" that ties in to the Foreworld series.

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Valiant Signs On To Amazon’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction Portal

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Got a Bloodshot story you've been aching to show the world, but worried that Valiant Comics might not assent to its publication? Fear not.

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Comic Creator For eBook Conversion

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Comic creators looking to sell their self-published or indie comics in Amazon's Kindle store now have a way to make it happen with the new Kindle Comic Creator, a tool the e-commerce giant quietly rolled out last week.

From the looks of it, the tool is j

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The CW’s Teen ‘Amazon’ Take On Wonder Woman A No-Go… For Now

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With the previous success of Smallville and the current buzz around its latest hit Arrow, it's no surprise that the CW is looking to expand on its DC comic line-up. Unfortunately for Wonder Woman fans, it looks like we're all going to ha

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Link Ink: Teenage Mutant Ninja Pancakes, Digital She-Ra And Marvel On The Kindle

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Baked Goods: Clutzygeek transforms the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into delicious (and turtle-free) pancakes.

Digital: Select Marvel graphic novels are now available in the Amazon Kindle store.

Upcoming: She-Ra is getting a Mas

Link Ink: New ‘The Walking Dead’ Minimates, Mike Wieringo’s First Impulse Drawing And Street Fighter x Sanrio Toys

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Toys: An exclusive box set of Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum's The Walking Dead Minimates will be available on Amazon in mid-December.

Art: Albert Ching chronicles "The Journey of Mike Wieringo's First Impulse Drawing" in a moving piece remembering the beloved artist.



Gaming: Capcom's Beeline Interactive is w

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Amazon Launches Kid-Friendly ‘FreeTime Unlimited’ Service With Lots Of DC And Marvel Material

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Now the next generation has even more reason to become addicted to technology at a ridiculously early age, with Amazon launching FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire - A new subscription service that offers videos, games, and books for the young at heart for less than $10 a month. Included in the service? A lot of DC a

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