The web giant will swallow comiXology whole, resulting in imminent doom for the comics industry (probably).
Last month, The Outhouse reported on Bleeding Cool's rumor that Amazon was planning to buy comiXology, the largest digital comics platform. Of course, we topped Bleeding Cool as usual by scoring an exclusive interview with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, revealing that the motivation behind the purchase was comiXology's advanced technology allowing them to stupidly capitalize a letter in the middle of their company name. Well, comiXology confirmed The Outhouse's report today, and we guess Bleeding Cool's report too, by posting the following message on their website:
I’m very excited to share some big news with you: we have just announced that comiXology is becoming a part of the Amazon family!
More than seven years ago, John D. Roberts, Peter Jaffe, and I set out to connect people to comic books and graphic novels they’d love, and we’re so excited about how far we’ve come. Thanks to the books we are privileged to present and the platform we created, there’s access to more diverse content than ever, allowing all readers to enter the amazing world of comics.
We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan. With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.
ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary and we’re not anywhere near done “taking comics further.” We are confident that – with Amazon by our side, who shares our desire for innovation and a relentless focus on customers – we’ve only just begun.
We wouldn’t be here without you, our customers. Thank you. The best is yet to come!
Co-founder and CEO
Oh man. There must be a full blown jazz concert today over at Bleeding Cool with all of the horn tooting that's going on. (UPDATE: There is.)
comiXology Europe President and frequent Outhouse news analyst Pepe Le Pew was unavailable for comment at this time, though his office promised to have him call us as soon as he returned from stalking a black cat that had accidentally brushed up aganst some fresh white paint earlier in the week.
When the rumor first broke last month, controversial retailer and co-founder of ruthless retailer organization COBRA, Dennis Barger Jr., had some strong words about it, which address legitimate concerns about Amazon, which is famous for its willingness to go to any lengths to undercut competition. From a facebook discussion of the first Bleeding Cool article:
So the great ComiXology who loves comics and wants to help the industry was just a big pump up to sell out to a corporate giant...TOLD YOU SO, these parasites got this industry to roll for a few measly duckets and screwed over the one TRUE friend it had, the brick and mortar comic retailers who bleed, sweat and cry for this industry daily and now they are going to cash in and get out and move onto another host to leach off of with their hundreds of millions, maybe even a billion. Are you getting a cut of that money publishers, distributors, sell out retailers that collaborated with comixology to sell out this industry? Nope, now we will get a corporate giant that has already shown a disdain for the SRP, dumped unsold books back onto publishers and buried indy books so shoppers can't find it. Is it too late to fight?
So what are your thoughts? Post em below!
Written or Contributed by Jude Terror
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