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Amazon to Acquire comiXology

comicsAmazon has agreed to acquire digital comic book publisher comiXology, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close during Q2 2014.

“We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan,” wrote David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology, on the company’s site. “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 continue to operate under its name, as a subsidiary of Amazon. The firm will remain in its New York offices. The platform offers digital comic book content from more than 75 comic book publishers.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Final ‘Life with Archie’ Comic to Feature the Death of Archie Andrews

Life with ArchieArchie Comics has announced that protagonist Archie Andrews will die in the final installment of the Life with Archie series.

A release date for this double commemorative issue has been scheduled for July 2014. In issue #36, readers will learn how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend’s life. In issue #37, the story will detail how the Riverdale gang reacts to this tragic turn of events.

Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.”

Sheryl Sandberg Stars in Comic Book

bluewaterproductionLean In author Sheryl Sandberg will star in a new comic book from Bluewater Productions. The comic is a visual biography about the Facebook Chief Operating Officer titled Female Force: Sheryl Sandberg.

CNET has the exclusive: “The comic, written by Michael Frizell, details both Sandberg’s professional and personal life, from her family to her education to her successful career, which has made her famous within the tech industry.”

The publisher has created dozens of such comic books about the lives of famous people. For example, the company has created books on Chris Christe, Kurt Cobain and Barbara Streisand.

AMC Signs Fourth Season of Comic Book Men

comicbookmenAMC has signed on to produce a fourth season of Kevin Smith’s unscripted reality television series Comic Book Men, along with two other projects.

The Hollywood Reporter has more: “Smith seems like a natural choice in AMC’s current unscripted roster to help expand its alternative offerings. Three seasons in, Comic Book Men averages a very competitive 1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 — at the very late hour of midnight. In the key demo, it outperforms cable series like Top Chef, The Americans and the similarly targeted King of the Nerds.”

The reality show is set in a New Jersey comic book store in which regular characters discuss their vast knowledge of comic books.

Kurt Cobain Stars in Comic Book

TributeKurtBluewater Productions has announced that the next issue of the Tribute series will profile legendary rocker Kurt Cobain.

Jayfri Hashim penned the story and created the artwork for this biographic comic. The book will be released on April 2nd to honor the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s passing.

Here’s more from the press release: “Nirvana front man’s life from his early days to his battle with overwhelming fame and the pain he suffers mentally and emotionally. Tortured by success and struggled with an addiction to drugs before his death at the age of 27 twenty years ago.”

Bluewater Productions Publishes Two Projects Inspired By ‘Alice in Wonderland’

wonderlandAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, has inspired two projects at Bluewater Productions.

The first, an original fiction series called “Queen of Hearts,” stars Wonderland’s infamous monarch. According to the press release, the story in these comics will explore the history “behind one of the most memorable villains in all literature.”

The second, a comic called “Tribute: Lewis Carroll – Author of Alice in Wonderland,” features the life story of the author himself. The publishing house enlisted Michael L. Frizell to write this biography and Mark Stroud to create the art.

Lena Dunham to Pen Archie Comics Story

archie girlsLena Dunham, best known as the lead actress and creator of Girls, will write a four-part mini-series for Archie Comics.

The publisher plans to release the four Dunham issues sometime in 2015. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised that Dunham’s story will be “really, really funny.”

Dunham had this statement in the press release: “I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”

New York Comic Con Promoter Launches New Comic Event

reedpopReedPOP, the company that puts on New York Comic Con, is launching a new comic book event called Special Edition: NYC. The first one will be held June 14-15 at Javits Center North.

The event is designed specifically for comic books, as New York Comic Con has grown beyond just comic books. The idea is for fans to connect with comics creators. “This new comic book festival will provide fans the opportunity to connect with artists, socialize with fellow collectors in a unique setting and search for those always hard to find back issues,” explains the press release. “The event is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers.”

“New York Comic Con has grown to include so much more than comic books – it is the ultimate pop culture event. Special Edition: NYC will give comic book fans an intimate destination to meet with publishers and special guests,” explained Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP, in a statement. “Its creation is meeting consumer demand for more comic book experiences and builds upon our mission to provide fans of all kinds the very best in experiential events.” Read more

Archie Comics to Transform Kevin Keller Into a Superhero

Kevin KellerArchie Comics is set to publish issue #14 of the Kevin Keller series. This installment will introduce Kevin Keller as a superhero called “The Equalizer.”

Veronica Lodge will serve as his sidekick. Dan Parent, the creator of this character, gave an interview with IGN and revealed that throughout the story, Kevin will be preoccupied with “trying to solve a crime and fix Veronica’s mistakes too.”

Many speculate that the name of Kevin’s superhero persona is derived from the fight for marriage equality in the United States. Parent explained that the thought behind the name comes from the fact that “he is gay and stands for equality, he wants to help everybody. We’re not just talking about cases of homophobia; we’re talking about when some downtrodden person gets hurt. So Equalizer is just sort of a good term. It’s not a term that we made up, obviously — it’s been used for batteries and TV shows — the word’s been used before. But it just symbolized him, because he stands for equality, and that’s what he’s trying to do.” (via School Library Journal)

Archie Comics Adapted into YA Novels

bettyArchie and Betty from Archie Comics are getting their own YA book. Archie: A Rock & Roll Romance, due out next week, and Diary of a Girl Next Door: Betty, due out July 16 from Archie Comics, are part of Archie Comics’ new series of young adult novels.

Author Dan Parent adapted Archie’s characters for the novel. “Things are shaken up in a big way when Valerie, Josie and the Pussycats’ bassist, moves to Riverdale,” explains the book’s description. “In the style of the Archie Wedding and Married Life graphic novels, Valerie takes a stroll down Riverdale’s magical Memory Lane and is greeted with a vision of what her life would be like if she married Archie. Of course, the future is full of surprises!”

Author Tania del Rio has adapted the character into the life of a modern day teen. ”Betty Cooper has few of the luxuries that her privileged best friend Veronica Lodge enjoys, but she’s got something else that drives her wealthy friend crazy with jealousy,” explains the book’s description. “In a story full of heart and humor, find out how a normal, awkward teenage girl comes out feeling on top of the world in this hilarious new Diary series.”

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