April 24, 2018

Book News: Abrams Launching ComicArts Line in Spring

  • Will include comic art history titles and graphic novels
  • Inaugural titles coming in March
  • Prices range from $12.95 to $40

Top art book house Harry N. Abrams next spring is launching ComicArts, a new imprint focusing on comics Abrams ComicArtsand cartoon histories as well as a graphic novels line. Senior VP and publisher Steve Tager and executive editor Charles Kochman will “acquire and edit new books, develop talent, and strategically shape the list, including the backlist.” The publisher plans to release ten to 15 new titles a year.

Katrina Weidknecht, Abrams’s executive director of publicity, told LJ that all books currently are planned as The Art of Harvey Kurtzhardcovers (paperbacks may come later), and the line debuts in March with Erotic Comics 2 by Tim Pilcher (foreword by Alan Moore) and The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out by A. Koford (intro by John Hodgman), followed by Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster by Craig Yoe, intro by Stan Lee (April). Then comes Underground Classics: The Transforming of Comics into Comix by James Danky and Denis Kitchen (May); The Art of Harvey Kurtzman by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (June); Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow by Brian Fies (June); and The Art of Jaime Hernandez by Todd Hignite, intro by Alison Bechdel (August). Prices range from $12.95 for Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out to $24.95 for Secret Identity to $40 for Art of Harvey Kurtzman. Abrams spring catalog is viewable online here.