Amazon is launching four new titles through its digital comics platform ComiXology.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new projects are Savage Game, a sci-fi Dr. Moreau style story created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, co-written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art from Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks, a tale of teenage superhero sidekicks written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, and art from Margaux Saltel making her series debut; the continuation of long-running series Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, created and written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy, also from Starkings but art this time coming from Abigail Jill Harding.
These titles will be the first creator-owned titles to be published as ComiXology originals and will release in multiple formats. This means all of the stories will be free for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and ComiXology Unlimited subscribers.
Amazon announced the titles during a Twitch stream as part of ComiXology’s new campaign to support new creator-owned titles for its originals lineup.
ComiXology’s head of content Chip Mosher released a statement saying “We’re proud to offer these creator-owned titles where creators keep their IP rights and are motivated to bring their A-game to the benefit of readers everywhere. Helping bring these incredible titles to fans lets us experiment with different release strategies like a binge-style drop of a whole series, high quality print-on-demand, and day-and-date inclusion in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and ComiXology Unlimited.”
These new lineup announcements are likely only a taste of what we will see announced for the platform next month at San Diego Comic-Con.
Amazon acquired ComiXology back in 2014, with companies like Marvel and Darkhorse Comics signing on for distribution more recently. While digital comic distribution has allowed for crazy cheap sales there may hidden costs for the industry.