Amazon, who already offers aspiring authors several ways to have their works published and sold online for free, has now entered into the comic book and graphic novel market.
Amazon has always been a leader in publishing on demand for the written format with their CreateSpace platform as well as the ebook market with Kindle Direct Publishing.
Amazon has, "has just announced the creation of its own comic book publishing imprint, and it's put together some big names to help it make a splash: it's debuting with a comic series based on a property by Neal Stephenson, and later this year it'll be adapting a story by George R.R. Martin."
The new imprint, Jet City Comics, will not only offer the usual digital format of most Amazon imprints but also physical copies of some issues.
“Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” Jeff Belle, vice president of Amazon Publishing said in the company's release about Jet City.
The debut offering by the new Jet City Comics will be the first issue of Symposium, a series set in the "Foreworld" realm that Stephenson in part created.