Abrams ComicArts reorganizes into standalone division, provides manga

In a transfer that reinforces that graphic novel publishing is right here to remain, Abrams ComicArts, the graphic novel arm of Abrams, is changing into its personal division. Beforehand an imprint of dad or mum firm Abrams Books, the reorg means will probably be its personal standalone division, alongside the grownup and kids’s divisions.

The road, which has revealed such books as Incredible 4: Full Circle by Alex Ross, Mother’s Most cancers by Brian Fies, Joseph Smith and the Mormons by Noah van Sciver, and The Nighteaters by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, was based in 2009, by ex DC alum Charlie Kochman.

The brand new division will likely be run by Rodolphe Lachat, who has the title Vice President and Writer of Abrams ComicArts, reporting to  Abrams president and CEO Mary McAveney, who introduced the transfer.

Abrams Comedian Arts founding editor Charlie Kochman will retain the title of editor-in-chief and report back to Lachat, and persevering with to edit the Wimpy Child line of books, Jeff Kinney’s mega-popular sequence. Abrams ComicArts is already house to the Megascope imprint, edited by John Jennings, a line of graphic novels devoted to speculative fiction and nonfiction by individuals of shade; and Lachat will proceed as editor of Cernunnus, an grownup fiction imprint on the home.

Abrams’ dad or mum firm is French writer Média-Participations, which additionally owns French comics publishers Dargaud and Dupius; underneath this new construction ComicArts will work extra intently with their French counterparts to deliver extra worldwide comics and manga to their US line. Manga is a specific focus, as Lachat revealed in an announcement. “Media-Participations has constructed a lot of its success and status primarily based on its extraordinary catalog of comics, graphic novels, and manga,” he says. “Launching the primary Abrams manga program, we can leverage the relationships MPP, one of many first manga publishers in Europe, has constructed. Our new titles—quickly to be introduced—will additional the immense richness and variety of the Japanese tradition right here within the US.”

Abrams Comedian Artwork lately created a stir with Marvel Arts, a pact with Marvel to supply grownup graphic novels by notables creators, beginning with Alex Ross’s Incredible 4: Full Circle and The Superhero’s Journey by Patrick McDonnell. The brand new stand alongside division will kick off with the autumn 2024 line, and two new Marvel Arts titles, together with The Veracity Vortex by Chip Kidd and Michael Cho and a deluxe version Ross’s Incredible 4: Full Circle.


Upcoming authentic graphic novels embrace Cormac McCarthy’s The Highway: A Graphic Novel Adaptation and Thomas Piketty’s Capital and Ideology: A Graphic Novel Adaptation.


“Graphic novels, comics, and manga are an space of super development with a faithful and numerous fan base,” says McAveney in an announcement. “Our distinctive entry to wealthy content material by way of MPP permits us to strategically increase our presence on this market. Our greatest-in-class publishing within the artwork of comics makes Abrams ComicArts the division to amplify our backlist publishing whereas increasing into this essential market.”


It is a huge deal that not solely validates Kochman’s management of the imprint during the last 14 years, however reveals that comics – together with grownup comics – proceed to be successful story within the mainstream publishing world.