George R R Martin in Amazon imprint launch

Amazon Publishing has revealed a new imprint dedicated to comics and graphic novels, called Jet City Comics, featuring works from the likes of George R. R. Martin, Hugh Howey and Neal Stephenson.

Alex Carr is the senior editor of Jet City Comics and the first title to be published is Symposium #1, the first original Foreworld comic from the series created by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo.

Adaptations of George R R Martin’s short story Meathouse Man and Hugh Howey’s Wool are to follow in October, Amazon said.

Martin said he was pleased to be able to give his fans something after they have been “clamouring” for more from characters Dunk and Egg ever since the graphic novels of The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword went out of print several years ago.

He added: “So I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel Meathouse Man, adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I'm pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City's takeoff. May they fly high.”

Carr said the new imprint aimed to open up “iconic worlds” to new audiences. He added: “We’re working with an incredible, hand-picked team of comics professionals, writers, artists, and translators, who have done an amazing job developing and expanding these inventive stories. I’m looking forward to the response from comics readers and fans.”