Fantagraphics Books, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to continue selling Fantagraphics Books’ digital comics and graphic novels across the comiXology platform as well as debut their library to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Today’s announcement sees the digital debut of more than 300 celebrated Fantagraphics Books titles now in the Kindle Store including Love & Rockets by Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, TEOTFW by Chuck Forsman & more!
“It’s very important to us to promote stories by these amazing cartoonists to as many comics and graphic novel fans as possible, and with this deal we’re doing just that,” said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, “We’re excited to reach comics and graphic novel fans around the world via Kindle.”
“Fantagraphics Books is one of the premiere publishers of cutting edge work from an impressive line up of cartoonists today and of the last 25 years,” said David Steinberger, comiXology’s co-founder and CEO. “It’s great to expand their availability by adding these titles to Kindle, where they’ll be available to an all-new, ever-expanding audience!”
Today’s digital debut of Fantagraphics Books on the Kindle Store sees titles such as Hip-Hop Family Tree (Ed Piskor), Hate (Peter Bagge), Dungeon Quest (Joe Daly), Violenzia (Richard Sala), and more. Kindle readers will have same day as print access to new releases.
The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android, and more.
With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics was at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists (including now-legends like Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Joe Sacco and Jim Woodring) as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the ’60s, such as R. Crumb and Kim Deitch. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards in publishing the best cartooning from all eras and regions with exacting production values.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris.
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