Amazon Publishing is getting into the comic book business.
It's no secret comic books (namely graphic novels and collections) are big sellers for Amazon, so now the publishing arm is getting directly into the business with a new imprint, Jet City Comics, as first revealed on EW.com. All three of their first-announced titles will be adaptations of prose stories by the likes of George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo.
Martin's Meathouse Man will be illustrated by Raya Golden, and is "one of [his] strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories," according to the writer. Meathouse Man will make its debut as a one-shot in both print and digital (via Kindle) in October 2013. The A Song of Ice and Fire (better known to HBO viewers as the Game of Thrones books) prequel The Hedge Knight by Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller will also be re-released from Jet City, as both a graphic novel and digitally in November 2013.
Howey's dystopian novel Wool sees the ever-busy Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray team with artist Jimmy Broxton for the adaptation, which will also begin in October 2013. The book will be serialized in individual issues on Kindle store, and have a collected edition in print and digital in 2014. Amazon says it's one of the most-reviewed sci-fi novels with nearly 6,000 customer reviews and a maintained 4.5 star average.
The novel The Mongoliad, a joint effort of scif-fi and fantasy legends Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo and part of "The Foreworld Saga" won't see a direct adaptation. Instead, the alternate history story will see six brand-new comics set in its universe, beginning with Symposium. Written by Christian Cameron and drawn by Dmitry Bondarenko, the story follows "the Shield-Brethren in Ancient Greece in the days following Athens crushing defeat to Sparta in 394 BC." That series launches today at a special price of just $0.99, and will be serialized monthly with graphic novel collections to follow.