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Amazon Pushes Into Comic Publishing

Written by xaraan on Wednesday, September 12 2012 and posted in News with Benefits
Amazon Pushes Into Comic Publishing

Amazon Studios Turns Supernatural Horror Tale "Blackburn Burrow" into Digital Comic to Test Story with Audiences

Source: Amazon Press Release

Amazon Studios launched digital comic Blackburn Burrow today and it marks the first digital comic they've actually commissioned.  Initially brought to them as a screenplay, they decided to release the story first as a comic to get feedback and test its viability as a possible movie project.

The comic is available for free from various sources including Graphicly and and of course by searching for Blackburn Burrows in the Kindle Store.  Visit for more information.

Blackburn Burrow is a "story set in Civil War America where supernatural horrors are infesting a small Appalachian town in Northern Georgia".  It's produced by 12 Gauge Comics and produced by comic veterans Ron Marz and Mathew Dow Smith.

Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios had this to say about the project:

This is a very exciting new venture for Amazon Studios. Beyond entertaining lots of comic fans, we see value in digital comics as a new way to test screenplays and learn more about fan engagement. The 12 Gauge team has done beautiful work on the Blackburn Burrow digital comic and we are thrilled to share it with audiences to see how they react to the story of Blackburn Burrow.

Fans are encouraged to particpate in the development of this project as it unfolds.  Blackburn Burrow will be released every four weeks over the next four months and every 'issue' will be accompanied by a poll ( to get reader's feedback and comments.



About Blackburn Burrow:

In Blackburn Burrow, Mister is a legendary fighter rumored to take on the strange andsupernatural. When a Union general requests his help in investigating the disappearance of a group of his soldiers from a small town in the South, Mister initially declines, refusing to get involved in the politics between the North and the South. Mister's interest, however, is piqued when the last contact with these soldiers referenced the walking dead and a man Mister has been tracking all his life, the man who brought him into this world. Mister teams with Merrin, a young female survivor, to stop an ancient uprising and discover the family secret that connects his past to the small town of Blackburn Burrow.


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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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