When Amazon announced their new fan fiction initiative Kindle Worlds recently, speculation immediately began as to how soon we'd see comic properties join the party. The prevailing theory was that DC would get in on the mix first, as WB-owned CW properties like Vampire Diaries were among the first licenses announced for Kindle Worlds.
Yesterday though, Valiant and Amazon dropped the bombshell that X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong and other well-known Valiant titles would be participating in Kindle Worlds.
To be clear, this means that you can write stories about the Valiant characters and be compensated for doing so.
This is megaton news people, and I expect this to have a major effect on the comics industry moving forward. Make no mistake, Valiant is just the first comic publisher to jump on board with Kindle Worlds. There will be many more to follow, and I can envision this initiative becoming a recruiting pipeline for comic writers in the very near future.
We'll be talking a lot more about this going forward, and I can't wait to see who joins the initiative next. Fingers crossed that Marvel opens the doors for the Spider-Man 2099 epic I've been planning in my head for 20 years now.