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January 26, 2016

Assembled Extra: Dover Publications Announces With comiXology; First Digital Puma Blues Edition

Representatives of Dover, comiXology and Amazon have announced today via press release that they've reached an agreement to sell Dover's graphic novel line through Amazon's digital programs including Kindle and the comics-focused comiXology platform.

imageThe announcement comes with a significant drop of digital material now available. Books now available are:

* A Sailor's Story, Sam Glanzman
* Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra, Alex Simmons and Joe Bennett
* BOZZ Chronicles, David Michelinie and Bret Blevins
* Civil War Adventure, Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz
* Last of the Dragons, Carl Potts
* Mercy: Shake the World, JM DeMatteis and Paul Johnson
* My War, Szegedi Szuts
* Night and the Enemy, Harlan Ellison and Ken Steacy
* Puma Blues, Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli
* Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master: The Art of Alfredo Alcala, Alfredo Alcala (Featured), Heidi MacDonald and Phil Yeh (Authors)
* The Juggler of Our Lady, R.O. Blechman
* The Magician's Wife, Jerome Charyn and Francois Boucq

The one that might stand out there is Puma Blues, as this would be the first digital edition of that well-regarded volume.

One aspect to this story as publishing news that I think is worth noting. Dover has set up its graphic novel arm -- at least so far -- as a way to reintroduce certain works into the market that might have a second life. That's a really valuable role that a lot of boutique prose publishers play and it's the thing I like most about the company. The digital aims for such a company are that much more important, because that extends their mission directly and -- as we see with something like Puma Blues -- transforms it a bit to where they are the first publisher of this material into that realm.

Also, with a lot of the initial jostling settled between rivals, how each company sets themselves up with the remaining, established digital services is a big deal publisher to publisher instead of in a gamesmanship sense.
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