Several hours ago, Amazon announced that it will be purchasing digital comics platform Comixology, the leader in online distribution of nearly every funny-books publisher in the universe.

Some comics fans are certain to begin gnashing their very big and ferocious online teeth, but this Robot is pretty thrilled with the news: I've been a rabid Comixology customer for three years now, and I prefer the platform over every other system I've tested to read comics. With Amazon's buying power to back it up, Comixology could be poised to lead us into a new, glorious age of comics!

Here's a little something from David Steinberger, Comixology's CEO:

"I’m very excited to share some big news with you: we have just announced that comiXology is becoming a part of the Amazon family!

More than seven years ago, John D. Roberts, Peter Jaffe, and I set out to connect people to comic books and graphic novels they’d love, and we’re so excited about how far we’ve come. Thanks to the books we are privileged to present and the platform we created, there’s access to more diverse content than ever, allowing all readers to enter the amazing world of comics.

We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan. With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.

ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary and we’re not anywhere near done “taking comics further.” We are confident that – with Amazon by our side, who shares our desire for innovation and a relentless focus on customers – we’ve only just begun.

We wouldn’t be here without you, our customers. Thank you. The best is yet to come!"

No news yet on when the purchase will happen, keep it locked on Big Shiny Robot for more deets as we get them!

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