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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:
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.
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.
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.