Amazon Publishing expanded its reach into comics this morning with the launch of a new publishing imprint, Jet City Comics. The launch moves Amazon into a world dominated by Marvel and DC Comics. Jet City will focus initially on adapting books by prominent science fiction authors into comics and graphic novels.
Jet City issues will publish individually on Kindle, as serialized comics and as graphic novels. Print editions will also be available via Amazon.com and other comics retailers, according to a news release announcing the move.
The first comic from the imprint is “Symposium #1″ based on the Foreworld Saga. Jet City is also planning adaptations of George R.R. Martin’s short story “Meathouse Man” and Hugh Howey’s science fiction novel “Wool,” both slated for release in October.
“Jet City Comics” is a reference to Seattle’s nickname and will sound familiar to people in the region based on the existing (and unaffiliated) Jet City Comic Show. Amazon Publishing has made a habit of Seattle references in its imprint names, including Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer mysteries and 47North sci-fi books.