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Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: Abrams’ 2010 spring catalog

Art in Time

Art in Time

Art book publisher Abrams jumped into the comics world with both feet last year with their new ComicsArts imprint. What do they have lined up for 2010? Poking around their Web site, I was able to figure out their plans, both via the imprint and their children’s line. They’ve slowed down their output a little but still have a rather impressive array of titles coming out. Fer instance:

March

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga. Shiga’s quirky, “choose-your-own-adventure” mini-comic from a couple of years ago gets an updated, full-color treatment courtesy of Abrams’ children’s imprint, Amulet. It looks like they’re pushing this book pretty hard. Good for Shiga. He deserves the break. 80 pages, $15.95.

Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis

Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis

April

The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis, edited by Bill Morrison. Introduction by Matt Groening. Originally published in pamphlet form (sorry, floppy form) via Bongo, this 208-page book collects the epic saga involving two of Groening’s cartoon projects that do not involve one-eared rabbits meeting up and getting into trouble. Should sell like hotcakes. $24.95.

Wacky Packages: New, New, New by the Topps Company. Edited by Jay Lynch. A sequel to the 2008 homage to those satirical stickers of yesteryear, this book collects some of the rare and hard to find collections from the 70s, with art by folks like Kim Deitch and Bill Griffith. 224 pages, $19.95.

The Art of Jaime Hernandez by Todd Hignite. Introduction by Alison Bechdel. Originally planned for 2009 I believe, this ode to the Locas creator features a treasure trove of sketches, illustrations and previously unseen work. 224 pages, $40.

May

Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures 1940-1980 by Dan Nadel. Is there a more hotly anticipated book than Mssr. Nadel’s sequel to his groundbreaking Art Out of Time collection? Well, possibly, but this is still a pretty exciting release nevertheless. H.G Peter, Harry Lucey, John Stanley, Jesse Marsh and Bill Everett are just a few of the golden and silver age artists feted in this chunky, 304-page book. $40.

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Thanks, Chris. I recently revealed our 2010 list on Heidi MacDonald’s blog. Starting with this Spring: “Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980″ (Dan Nadel); “The Art of Jaime Hernandez: Secrets of Life and Death” (Todd Hignite); “The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis” (Matt Groening); “Wacky Packages New New New” (The Topps Company, Inc.); “Meanwhile” (Jason Shiga); “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary” (Jeff Kinney); and in the Fall: “SHAZAM! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal” (Chip Kidd); “Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword” (Barry Deutsch); “The Night Bookmobile” (Audrey Niffenegger); “Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics” (N.C. Christopher Couch); “Krazy Kat and the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration” (Craig Yoe); “The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read!” (Jim Trombetta); and a HUGE title still to be announced. (Hint: They lived happily ever after.) This is the same amount of titles we published in 2009. We look forward to finalizing our lineup for 2011 and announcing that later this year.

No date for the John Kricfalusi book?

Kricfalusi’s SPUMCO book is on our Spring 2011 list. We have been given access to his entire archive, and Dan Nadel and his team are pulling together and incredible book.

An advance copy of Meanwhile is working its way through the 4th grade students at my school; the 5th graders are clamoring for their turn, and the 3rd graders are wondering when they’ll get a chance to go through it. Meanwhile looks to be a big hit; I’m definitely going to have to get it for the school library … It all started when I showed the book at my Lunchtime Book Club a couple of weeks ago …

Any prospects of giving the same treatment to other Simpsons comics? I’m specially interested in:

Radioactive Man Comics:
http://www.snpp.com/guides/comics_rm00.html

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials:
http://www.snpp.com/guides/comics_th00.html

I think these 2 titles are the most interesting in all the Bongo Comics production of Simpson-related titles, so they’re certainly the most deserving of a deluxe reprint in the same format than the “Simpsons Futurama Crossover”.

Hi Tony. I agree, those titles are deserving of the deluxe treatment. Fingers crossed we can work something out.

Thanks for the answer. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for “The Radioactive Man Archive Masterworks” and the “Treehouse of Horrors Omnibus”.

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