Having been an art major in college, I associate Abrams with slab-like, beautifully produced art books of great intellectual and physical weight. In the back of my head, I expect their comics to be equally ponderous. But not so! If there’s one thing the Abrams line has, it’s variety. Their recent and upcoming books include a hardback, slipcovered edition of the Archie Marries… graphic novel, Audrey Niffenegger’s seriously literary The Night Bookmobile, historical tomes like The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! and Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Jason Shiga’s choose-your-own-adventure book Meanwhile, and the lively kids’ graphic novel Hereville. Something for everyone, in other words. If there’s a book that seems really Abrams-y, in my older conception of their line, it’s The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death.
Naturally, the Abrams folks will be at SDCC, holding down the fort at Booth #1216. Full schedule, including signings and panels, is below the cut, and if I were going, I’d make it a point to stop by.
Abrams ComicArts Signings
Thursday, July 22
1-2:00 pm Ethen Beavers N.E.R.D.S. Book Two: M Is for Mama’s Boy
2-3:00 pm Chip Kidd Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal
Friday, July 23
11-12:00 noon Brian and Wendy Froud The Heart of Faerie Oracle
3-4:00 pm Jaime Hernandez and Todd Hignite The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death
Saturday, July 24
10-11:00 am Jaime Hernandez and Todd Hignite The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death
2:30-3:30 pm Lela Lee Angry Little Girls, Angry Little Girls in Love
4-5:00 pm Brian and Wendy Froud The Heart of Faerie Oracle
Sunday, July 25
2-3:00 pm Jason Shiga Meanwhile
Abrams ComicArts Panels
Friday, July 23
1:30-2:30 pm Spotlight on Jerry Robinson
One of the true legends of comics, Comic-Con special guest Jerry Robinson is a writer, artist, historian, curator, and creator rights activist. Jerry discusses his seventy years in comics–from his contributions to the Batman mythos to the creation of the Joker and development of Robin, Alfred, Penguin, Scarecrow, and Two-Face. Jerry is interviewed by Michael Uslan, the executive producer of the Batman movies, comics historian, and author of upcoming Archie Marries… (Abrams ComicArts). In their discussion, Robinson and Uslan will take the audience from behind the scenes of the Golden Age of comics to the filming of The Dark Knight and Jerry’s latest book projects including the upcoming Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams ComicArts).
4-5:00 pm Krazy Kat’s 100th Anniversary Celebration!
An exclusive multimedia show of unpublished strips, drawings, and paintings presented by Craig Yoe, author of Krazy + Ignatz in Tiger Tea (IDW) and the upcoming Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration (Abrams ComicArts). The panel will explore a century of Krazy-ness, with Greg Goldstein (IDW), R. C. Harvey (The Art of the Funnies), Charles Kochman (executive editor, Abrams ComicArts), Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics), and Peter Maresca, (editor/publisher, Sunday Press Books). Plus a thrilling bonus: a never-before-seen home movie of Krazy’s creator, George Herriman.
Saturday, July 24
11:30-12:30 pm Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal
Author/designer Chip Kidd (Mythology, Bat-Manga, Rough Justice), author/producer Michael Uslan (Archie Marries…), and Charles Kochman (executive editor, Abrams ComicArts) celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Big Red Cheese in this panel and slideshow discussion celebrating Kidd’s upcoming fall release from Abrams ComicArts, Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal.