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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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The C.W.’s ‘iZombie’ Casts Star, Sounds Almost Nothing Like The Vertigo Comic

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Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero's TV adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombie has made its first casting choices, including the male lead.

That role, a police detective named Clive (a character who wasn't in the comic), has gone to Malcolm Goodwin, who starred in the A & E series Breakout Kings. Alexandra Krosney of the sitcom Last Man Standing and Alias' David Anders have also been cast as female lead Liv's best friend, Peyton, and the chief antagonist, Blaine, respectively.

If none of those names look familiar, it's because the TV version of iZombie is shaping up to be vastly different from the Chris Roberson and Mike Allred-created comic that inspired it. Even the lead character's name has apparently changed from Gwen to Liv.

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‘iZombie’ Gets A Pilot Pickup At The CW

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The TV adaptation of writer Chris Roberson and artist Mike Allred's Vertigo Comics series iZombie is one step closer to being a series, after news broke Wednesday that the show has gotten the green-light for a pilot at The CW.

The pilot will still be written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and co-writer Diane Ruggerio, and it'll be a little different from the comic.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Rob Thomas To Helm ‘iZombie’ Series For The CW

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Fresh off the fan-funded Veronica Mars movie, series creator Rob Thomas is teaming up with writer Diane Ruggerio to write the pilot for a show based on the Vertigo comic iZombie by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred.

The series is in development at the CW, as many TV projects based on DC properties are. Like the comic, the show would follow the exploits of a zombie med student named Gwen who has to eat brains to keep her human appearance.

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Roberson And Culver Introduce Fun Supervillain Analogues Galore In ‘Edison Rex’ #10 [Preview]

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Every month Monkeybrain's Chris Roberson teams with artist Dennis Culver to simultaneously tell original stories and pay homage to some of their favorite comic book concepts in Edison Rex, the ongoing digital-first series that follows the adventures of a genius supercriminal who is vindicated and changes his ways once he proves his world's supposed greatest protector was the bigger bad guy all along. Last month, for example, saw the book's cast shuffled through a multiverse of comic book eras as vividly conveyed by Culver's shifting aesthetics and illustration styles. Today in Edison Rex #10 as Rex furthers his efforts to gain the public's trust as a hero, he faces some backlash from his former peers in the supervillain group known as The Warmongers - each of which are designed to pay homage to some of the most iconic villains in comics and beyond. Monkeybrain and Culver have provided CA with a preview of the issue, plus an extensive first-look at Culver's Warmongers character designs. Click through for all the evil goodness.

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‘Edison Rex’ #9 Is An Adventure In Art Styles [Preview]

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A little '90s Superman style, a little manga, perhaps something... extreme?

All those art styles and and more will be showcased in Edison Rex #9 by writer Chris Roberson and artist Dennis Culver, which hits ComiXology tomorrow. Just why is the title character running through parodies of so many different styles of comic? We'll let the creators explain, along with a few preview pages after the jump!

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Roberson’s ‘The Mysterious Strangers’ Explodes Across Linking Super-Spy Covers By Scott Kowalchuk [Art]

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Launching next month from Oni Press is The Mysterious Strangers, a new ongoing series set firmly in the superspy adventure genre but with distinct super-powered twists like time manipulation, telekinesis and a dreaded "death touch," all straight from the minds of writer Chris Roberson and artist Scott Kowalchuk. The Mysterious Strangers is a fun and earnest work, featuring a diverse cast artwork by Kowalchuck and Jackson that's very evocative of '60s spy fiction, expressing kitsch and drama with equal measure. It also comes with a unique two-issue structure, alternating between cliffhanger and resolution, which Kowalchuk and colorist Dan Jackson avail themselves of to create linking covers every two months, resulting in some lovely diptychs.

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‘Memorial: Imaginary Fiends’ #1 Kicks Off The Digital-First Series’ Print Run [Preview]

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Memorial: Imaginary Fiends begins its single-issue print run this Wednesday, with the first installment of a three issue series that collects the digital-first series' original nine chapters. The story by Chris Roberson

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Monkeybrain’s Digital Titles Get Print Collections Starting This Summer From IDW And Image

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Print fans and trade-waiters will have a new outlet to read Monkeybrain Comics' previously Comixology-hosted digital titles starting this summer via new collected editions printed by IDW and Image Comics. T

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Art Baltazar And Franco Launch The All-Ages ‘Aw Yeah Comics!’ Through Kickstarter

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The recent cancellation of Superman Family Adventures left a lot of readers -- especially those around here -- gnashing their teeth over another blow against fun, all-ages adventure comics. If you're on

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