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ComiXology’s Amazon Transition Gets Delayed to 2022

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In September, comiXology announced some big changes coming to the digital comic platform. Not only would there be an upgraded and updated comiXology app, but the comiXology website would be folded into Amazon‘s delivering a different comic buying experience more integrated with the Amazon shopping platform. Instead of a separate storefront, comiXology would now just be Amazon’s Kindle comic offering reworked and updated.

While no date of transition was given at the time, we know that it was to take place this November with a delay announced for insiders.

Now, the delay will be even further heading into 2022. Comixology Co-founder and CEO and GM Digital Comics for Amazon David Steinberger sent a new update saying their holding the launch until next year based on community feedback.

In September, I sent an email outlining some exciting changes coming to comiXology this fall. Well, it’s nearly winter, so it’s time for me to provide an update on progress. While we remain really excited about unveiling the updates, we wanted to take just a little extra time to incorporate feedback we received from our community. With this goal in mind, we decided to hold launch until early next year.

In the meantime, you can continue to use the existing app and comiXology site as usual. We’ve also been continuing to improve the Amazon comics store, with better search results and many other improvements. Closer to the launch date, we will provide more details to make sure you are prepared for the new app and Amazon shopping experience.

If you’re interested, check out this week’s new releases.

If you have questions I didn’t cover in this email, visit our FAQ or join our conversation on Twitter.

Thanks for sharing the love of comics and manga!

So, are you excited with comiXology being better integrated with Amazon? Do you see it helping or hurting comic sales? Sound off in the comments below!

ComiXology Titles Are Now Available on the Kindle App

As comiXology and Amazon become further entwined and merged, the digital comic platform announced today that there’s a new way to read comics purchased on comiXology!

A new feature has been released that comiXology users now have the option to view and read their purchased comiXology books on both the comiXology and Kindle apps. Users can switch back and forth at any time!

The news comes a few weeks after comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger announced the company would be going through a major update including a new shop for digital comics, graphic novels, and manga directly from Amazon.

Check out comiXology’s video about this new feature.

ComiXology Rolls Out Changes and Updates this Fall

It’s been a long time coming, but comiXology has announced some changes and updates coming to the app and store this Fall. The digital comics platform was purchased by Amazon in 2014 and it was only a matter of time before greater integration between Amazon’s platform and comiXology. Some of that has happened already with a single sign on and the ability to purchase comics on Kindle and read them on comiXology but there’s been some other upgrades missing.

In an email to comiXology users today, co-founder and CEO of comiXology David Steinberger announced new updates coming soon to the app and platform.

Here are some of the changes users can expect:

  • Upgraded comiXology app will feature flexible filtering and sorting, and some fun book navigation features.
  • A revamped digital comics shopping experience on Amazon where you’ll be able to browse, buy, and borrow books to read on either the comiXology or Kindle app. You can visit the new shopping experience today as we continue to bring new features online. ComiXology.com will redirect to this new experience when they launch.
  • Faster, more reliable downloads on Android and iOS devices. Plus read-while-downloading is new for Android customers.
  • Kindle Unlimited and Prime members will be able to borrow from a large library of graphic novels and manga on the comiXology app, in select countries. 
  • ComiXology purchases will be readable on Kindle apps and devices. Soon, you’ll also be able to read purchases from comiXology on the Kindle app, giving more flexibility to decide where and how you read your books.

The biggest notable change is the old comiXology website going away and redirecting to Amazon’s website. The interface is quite different and it’ll be interesting to see what type of curation it’ll bring as the comiXology website does a solid job of highlighting different series and reading experiences. There’s sure to be speculation and doomsayers focusing in on this major change, and it’s a big one. But, Amazon still potentially brings strength to the comic industry through comiXology with the best data set to leverage and “find” new readers. Whether this is the future we’ll see remains to be seen but, these steps indicate a tighter integration that has been years in the making.

Amazon nabs MGM for $8.45 Billion

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The rumors have become true as Amazon has bought MGM for $8.45 billion. The deal delivers a massive film and TV library to the digital platform and studio. MGM features a film catalog of 4,000 films and 17,000 television shows.

Amazon revealed in April that 175 Prime members have viewed movies and TV shows on the platform in the past year. In comparison, Netflix has 207 million global subscribers and Disney+ has 103 million subscribers.

To put the purchase in further perspective, Amazon spent $11 billion on video and music content for Prime Video and Amazon Music last year and $7.8 billion the year before. It spent $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods. Amazon is spending $465 million on one season of their Lord of the Rings series and has signed a deal with the NFL to broadcast Thursday Night Football starting in 2022.

The deal has to still pass regulatory approval.

Amazon Reportedly Has Made a $9 Billion Offer for MGM

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Earlier today it was announced that AT&T and Discovery have entered into a deal concerning WarnerMedia. Discovery will now manage the entertainment division in a new partnership with AT&T. Now, word has come that Amazon is “weeks into negotiations” in a deal to acquire MGM. The rumored price tag is about $9 billion. Prices have ranged between $7 billion and $10 billion. It’s been a rumor for quite some time that MGM was thinking about, our up, for sale, but this puts that in a whole other league.

The deal is reportedly being worked on by Mike Hopkins, senior VP of Amazon Studios and Prime Video. Hopkins is dealing directly with MGM board chairman Kevin Ulrich.

MGM has a “deep” library with 4,000 films including James Bond, Rocky, Creed, RoboCop, The Hobbit, and Pink Panther. That’s just the franchises. There are also classics like Silence of the Lambs and The Magnificent Seven. There are also 17,000 episodes of series like the various Stargate series. Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, Teen Wolf, In the Heat of the Night, and more. Unscripted shows include The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Real Housewives, and The Hills.

In 2020, Amazon spent $11 billion on TV shows, moves, and music for Prime services. That’s an increase of 40% from the previous year.

Movie Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a giant middle finger to the right and an exploration of the spiral into insanity the United States has fallen into since the previous movie. Continuing the same gonzo style filming, the movie puts Borat on a mission to deliver a gift to Donald Trump so that the leader of Kazakhstan can become his friend. That gift? Borat’s daughter. Yes, Borat has a partner in crime, his daughter Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev.

Borat is the creation of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who has perfected the use of characters to skewer his topics. This film is no exception. With the first film being such a success, the character has been ruined in a way. Cohen comes up with the brilliant alternative of having Borat play other characters as he makes his way around on his mission. Of course, things don’t go right and each character allows him to explore and create commentary about each of his targets. They range from QAnon conspiracists to the Christian Right, to Mike Pence and Rudy Guiliani. The film has a target and it’s the regressive, racist, and backward aspects of America.

The inclusion of the daughter adds new few layers to Cohen and Borat’s usual schtick. Played by “Irina Novak,” (really Maria Bakalova) Tutar, aka Sarah Jessica Parker, gives as good as she gets in the film. She also forces Borat to be more than a one-note character while also exploring and skewering aspects of society that he wouldn’t be able to touch. Abortion, misogyny, masturbation, and more are explored through the character. She also creates a new layer of jokes that are amazing.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is an amazing exploration of America. Of course, what Borat and Sarah Jessica Parker say is shocking but it’s the lack of response and shock from those around them that’s the point. They expose the underbelly of rot that exists throughout the nation. Racism, antisemitism, misogyny, are in their crosshairs. Through their, and especially Sarah Jessica Parker’s journey, they expose the lies not of Kazakhstan but of America. They spotlight the ugly underneath and the acceptance of it by so many in so many different positions.

Through the offensiveness, there’s a lot of heart. We see the character grow as he interacts with his daughter and the film spotlights reason and sanity. A segment in a Jewish Temple and another with an African American women deliver the voices of reason. Though there’s many jokes made out of each segment, they give a break from the hate and ignorance spewed by so many others. Their focus in this film is clearly the white right, especially the privileged.

What’s more interesting in the film is that many more of the moments feel like pre-planned segments. There’s either complete random luck in the subjects, a lot of throwing darts to see what works, or it’s pre-planned sketches. No matter the method, the results are amazing and create a narrative that’s perfectly timed for the election. There’s also something that makes you appreciate what is pulled off, even more, when you attempt to figure out the logistics of it all. There are also such amazing lapses in security… it’s just baffling.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is the movie we need for the November election. Not only does it skewer the right, but it also shows the left’s heart. It weaves together topics like COVID and politics with a clear goal and points to make. It does so with humor and a no-fear attitude. It’s gonzo journalism wrapped up as sketch comedy. It’s not the same schtick as the original, it pulls off its brilliance and takes it to another level by adding in more of a plot and story.

There’s no way that Borat can go on as a character after these two films. He’s too well known. The film almost feels like it wanted to take everything so many found offensive about the character and show that he’s what America has let fully loose. The conspiracies, the misogyny, the antisemitism. And then take Borat and show he can grow. That you don’t need to be that way. There’s such a subversive flip in the film compared to the first. The original film had Borat highlighting horrid beliefs and actions while this film has that but growth and uncomfortableness on full display in its two main characters. The United States and its citizens are who we should be offended by is the point of the film.

It’s the rare sequel that might surpass the original. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm takes its weaknesses, a known schtick, and makes it its strength. It also shows that Cohen can make his characters more than simple jokes and he, and they, have so much room for growth and hopefully so much more to say.

Overall Rating: 9.0


Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will be released through Amazon Studios on Amazon Prime on October 23.

Robert Kirkman and Skybound’s Invincible Gets its First Trailer

After a lot of anticipation, the first trailer for the animated Invincible series is here!

Based on the comic series created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker, the series revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.

Invincible comes to Prime Video in 2021.

Around the Tubes

New Mutants #12

We’ll have a relatively abbreviated Monday due to Labor Day here at GP but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of articles coming at you. Stay tuned throughout the day! And while you hopefully have a relaxing day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – Amazon In Talks For Sony’s Suite Of TV Series Featuring Marvel Characters, Led By ‘Silk’ – Intriguing.

The Mary Sue – Warner Bros. and Ray Fisher Clash Over Justice League Investigation – A good rundown of where things are at.

Reviews

Batman News – Batman: Three Jokers #1
Talking Comics – Empyre #6
Monkeys Fighting Robots – New Mutants #12

The Boys Season 2 Gets a Trailer

In a more intense, more desperate Season 2 of The Boys, Butcher, Hughie, and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.

You can watch the first and upcoming second season Amazon Prime.

The Boys Season 2 Gets a Teaser Trailer

Amazon Prime Video has released the official teaser trailer for the second season of The Boys, the first three episodes of which will premiere on Prime Video on Friday, September 4, 2020. New episodes will be available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9. The second season features eight brand new episodes.

The even more intense, more insane Season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.

The Supes of The Seven also include Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). Recurring stars in season two include Claudia Doumit, Goran Visnijc, Malcolm Barrett, Colby Minifie, Shantel VanSanten, Cameron Crovetti, PJ Byrne, Laila Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito returning as Vought boss Stan Edgar, among others.

The Boys is based on the comic series created by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson.

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