It’s been practically a full decade since Amazon acquired Comixology. The favored storefront for studying and shopping for comics on-line was in a position to comparatively stay its personal factor till about early final 12 months when it was hit with a heavily criticized redesign. Issues have gotten worse since then: not solely did it get caught up Amazon’s layoffs at the beginning of 2023, Comixology is now going away solely not lengthy earlier than this 12 months wraps up.
Earlier this week, Amazon revealed it’ll be retiring the Comixology app on December 4. After that date, customers must learn their graphic novel and manga purchases within the Kindle app for Android and iOS. You’ll need to manually obtain the fabric over to mentioned app first, however the progress will fortunately sync. The final remnant of Comixology will probably be its retailer web page, which can stay a vacation spot to purchase on-line comics and manga after the app’s shutdown date.
Kindle’s a book-focused app, and to assist with the transition, Amazon’s added a “Comics and Manga” filter for private libraries. A sequence’ particular person points, bundled volumes, and even omnibuses will all get grouped collectively, and particular books might be hidden or unhidden at any time (that standing additionally carries over for ones that have been achieved so inside Comixology). For these subscribed to the Comixology Limitless service, it seems Amazon doesn’t plan to cast off that for now, and it’ll be usable inside the Kindle app. All of this solely impacts Comixology the app, so any comics which might be billed as an authentic sequence from the platform will seemingly retain that branding and proceed on as supposed.
Comixology was based in 2007 by Peter Jaffe, John Roberts, and David Steinberger. Initially meant as a neighborhood website for comedian e-book followers, it progressively expanded to incorporate a retailer locator for bodily comedian retailers (Pull Checklist) and a web based suite for mentioned retailers to enhance their on-line presence (Retailer Instruments). In 2009, the precise digital storefront launched, then often known as Comics by Comixology. Come 2018, it might launch its Comixology Originals banner, which has drawn in creators each new and previous into its circle through the years. One of many more moderen good points is Batman scribe Scott Snyder, who used the chance to launch his Best Jackett imprint and eight creat0r-owned titles inside it. That relationship nonetheless continues, and has resulted in works like We Have Demons (with Batman artist Greg Capullo and colorist Dave McCeg), Clear (Francis Manapul), and By A Thread (Valeria Favoccia, Whitney Cogar, and co-written along with his son Jack).
An FAQ on Comixology’s shut down might be learn here.
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