ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, will kick off Comic-Con International San Diego 2019 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with an invite-only press event showcasing comiXology Originals debuts, news and creators, as well as providing data-backed insight on comics industry trends and more.
ComiXology Co-founder and CEO and Head of Digital Comics Worldwide at Amazon, David Steinberger, will kick off the press event with a keynote speech about the state of the comic book industry, giving way to comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher who will spotlight special comiXology Originals guests Andy Diggle, Max Dunbar, Joe Glass, Clive Hawken, Jock, Shawn Martinbrough, Kel McDonald, MK Reed, Richard Starkings, C. Spike Trotman, Jim Zub and even a few surprise creators. Fans who want to receive the news in real time can follow the comiXology Twitter and #ComiXologySDCCLive.
Ahead of the press event, comiXology also unveiled today their 2019 Comic-Con International convention booth exclusives which include a comiXology Originals 2019 Pin Set featuring five enamel pins that spotlight Durn from Stone Star, the “odd goat” from Delver, Bear from The Pride, the comiXology Originals logo, and a pin of a yet-to-be-announced comiXology Originals title!
Attendees can also get a high-end limited-edition screen print Promethee 13:13 poster by Jock and a limited-edition poster of the Eisner Award-nominated series The Stone King with art by Tyler Crook.
The comiXology Originals 2019 Pin Set and the posters for Promethee 13:13 and The Stone King will be free while supplies last and exclusively available during signings at the comiXology booth (#2121) during Comic-Con International. The full panel and signing schedule will be available to check out across all of comiXology’s social media including, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Additionally, attendees who sign up for comiXology Unlimited at the comiXology booth (#2121) will receive one of three free comiXology Originals print trade collections while supplies last: Elephantmen 2261 Season One, Ask for Mercy Season One, and the Eisner Award-nominated The Stone King.
Timed to Comic-Con International, comiXology Originals will debut the following titles on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 including:
Headed by veteran editor Will Dennis, written by Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers, James Bond) with art by Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, Hellboy, How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Gideon Falls), lettering by Simon Bowland (Skyward), with covers by Jock (Batman, The Losers).
ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, 16-volume mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées Promethee. Promethee 13:13 issue #1 is available today.
“In 2015, we joined with the French publisher Delcourt to bring more bandes dessinées to the digital-first, English-language market,” said Steinberger. “Today’s release is an exciting development not only for fans of the original iconic graphic novel series, but readers everywhere who want to experience the spirit of French Bandes Dessinées through the lens of superb writing and art found in Western Comics thanks to the talents of Andy Diggle & Shawn Martinbrough!”
“The release of Promethee 13:13 underscores comiXology’s mission to make everyone in the world a comics fan,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content. “This unique prequel springs out of the pages of one of the most popular French Bandes Dessinées. Promethee 13:13’s all-star creative team is internationally renowned. And the story they are telling is widescreen science fiction at its finest.”
Written and lettered by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding
Set more than a hundred years before the “incredibly mesmerizing and… haunting” events of Season One, Kasa takes Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie into the Black Hills of North America, 1876 where the course of history is at stake!
Written by C. Spike Trotman and MK Reed with art by Clive Hawken, colors by Maarta Laiho, and lettering by Ed Dukeshire
The role-playing game inspired series’ first season concludes! Find out if Merit makes it out of the Dungeon – and if she does, how will she be transformed by her experience?
Written by Joe Glass with art by Cem Iroz, colors by Mark Dale, and lettering by Mike Stock
The LGBTQ+ superhero series The Pride continues. The team faces obstacles and the addition of new members, all while working to solve the mysterious attacks on the world’s biggest pop star.
Written and drawn by Shuichi Shigeno
Finally, completely translated in English for the first time, manga fans throughout the English-speaking world learn how the all-time, high-octane manga series about Japanese street racing, Initial D, concludes with comiXology and Kodansha Comics releasing Volumes 39-48 of Initial D today. More than just manga, Initial D is a cultural phenomenon. Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the world of Japanese street racing and kicked off a global craze, spawning a legendary anime series, video games, movies, and an immortally beloved techno soundtrack. It also inspired the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Customers can enjoy comiXology Originals releases on a variety of Amazon’s membership services. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 20,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited. All titles are also available as individual purchases on Kindle and comiXology.