Press Release: ABRAMS and Abrams ComicArts at San Diego Comic-Con

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Jennifer Brunn
Director of Publicity, Abrams
212.519.1257, jbrunn@abramsbooks.com
Contact at Comic-Con: Gabby Fisher
Publicist, Abrams
917.217.5687, gfisher@abramsbooks.com

The Making of Avatar, Comics creator Jerry Robinson, Star Wars: Visions, Chip Kidd, Krazy Kat's 100th Anniversary, Jaime Hernandez, Star Trek: The Original Series, Brian and Wendy Froud, Wimpy Kid Tattoo Giveaways, Archie Marries

ABRAMS and Abrams ComicArts at San Diego Comic-Con - July 21–25, 2010

Author Panels and Signings, Sneak Peeks at Upcoming Titles, and Exciting Giveaways! Visit Booth #1216!
July 15, 2010—ABRAMS will once again have a strong presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, just two years after launching the Abrams ComicArts imprint. Critically acclaimed books such as Matt Groening's The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis, The Topps Company's Wacky Packages New New New, Todd Hignite's The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, and Dan Nadel's Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940–1980 have helped make this year at Abrams ComicArts a resounding success.

Still to come this fall on the Abrams ComicArts list are: Archie Marries…by Michael Uslan; Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comicsby N. C. Christopher Couch; The Night Bookmobile, an original graphic novelby Audrey Niffenegger; The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! by Jim Trombetta; Shazam! The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear; and Krazy Kat & the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration edited by Craig Yoe.

Other fall ABRAMS books of interest include: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Greatby Rick Meyerowitz; Faeries: Deluxe Collectors Editionby Brian Froud and Alan Lee; Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block with Terry J. Erdmann; The Making of Avatar by Jody Duncan and Lisa Fitzpatrick; Kidrobot's I Am Plastic, Too: The Next Generation of Designer Toys by Paul Budnitz; and Star Wars: Visions with a foreword by George Lucas. All of these upcoming books will be represented at the Abrams ComicArts booth (#1216). Abrams ComicArts will hold several in-booth signings and has organized panels for this year's show. Check the schedule below for dates and times.

The Abrams ComicArts booth will also have exciting GIVEAWAYS including: posters of The Art of Jaime Hernandez, Faeries, The Night Bookmobile, and Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater; DVDs of The Horror! The Horror!; reading group guides of The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics; and playing cards of Jerry Robinson's concept sketch for the Joker. For Comic-Con Kids' Day on Sunday, July 25, there will be several fun giveaways from the ABRAMS children's imprint Amulet including: Diary of a Wimpy Kid water bottles, bookmarks, and tattoos; and galleys for Barry Deutsch's upcoming graphic novel Hereville and Michael Buckley's N.E.R.D.S. Book Two: M is for Mama's Boy. In addition, Jason Shiga will be signing copies of his bestselling graphic novel Meanwhile.
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Abrams ComicArts Signings
oth #1216

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
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Abrams ComicArts Panels

Friday, July 23
1:30–2:30 pm Spotlight on Jerry Robinson Room 9

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! Room 4
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 Room 9
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.

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Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, pop culture,as well as children's books and general interest titles. The company's imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts,Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, andSTC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, FiveContinentsand others.