The newly announced lineup from Abrams ComicsArts for Fall 2021 (and beyond) has been unveiled, featuring brand new comics from the Megascope and Surely Books imprints!
This batch of releases features the first books from Abrams ComicsArts imprint Surely Books, curated by Mariko Tamaki, which focuses on work by LGBTQIA creators.
The first book to be released will be Lifetime Passes by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, arriving on October 26th, 2021. A darkly comedic book described as Cocoon meets Heathers… actually, let’s just stop there. If “Cocoon meets Heathers” doesn’t sell you, there’s nothing I can do for you.
Then on February 1st, 2022, Flung Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templar arrives. This unflinching portrait of the life of real-life historical figure Patricia Highsmith promises to offer both creators a chance to show off their considerable skillsets.
Meanwhile, we can also look forward to another new release from Megascope, curated by John Jennings, which focuses on work by people of color.
On January 4th, 2022, The Eightfold Path by Charles Johnson, Steven Barnes, and Bryan Christopher Moss will arrive. This graphic novel promises interconnected Afrofuturistic parables which explore the teachings of Buddha.
And finally, Abrams ComicsArts will see plenty of exciting books published through its main imprint.
Arriving first will be Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, and L. Fury, available beginning August 3rd, 2021. This follow-up to March will pick up Representative Lewis’ story as it continues after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed.
Marvel Value Stamps: A Visual History by Marvel Entertainment was originally scheduled for release on June 1st, 2021, but will now be released on October 5th, 2021. However, for fans of the now-legendary Marvel Value Stamps program, this book will surely be worth the wait – and it features an introduction by Roy Thomas!
Next up will be DUNE: The Graphic Novel: Book One: Deluxe Collectors Edition by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Raúl Allén, Patricia Mann, and with a cover by Bill Sienkiewicz will be available on October 26th, 2021, this graphic novel adaption of the seminal novel will also be available in a special signed run, limited to 250.
Far out! Also on October 26th, 2021, Abrams ComicsArts will release Marvel Classic Black Light Collectible Poster Portfolio by Marvel Entertainment. Featuring 12 reproductions of the black light Marvel Comics posters released 50 years ago, this collection promises to send you to another universe. Plus, this collection also feature an introduction by Thomas!
And on November 16th, 2021, Fantastic Four No. 1: Panel by Panel by Marvel Entertainment, Stan Lee, Chip Kidd, and Jack Kirby will be released. Promsiing a panel-by-panel exploration of the first issue of Fantastic Four, this book will feature an introduction by none other than Walter Mosley, commentaries from Mark Evanier, photographs by Geoff Spear, and an essay by Tom Brevoort.
Later that month, on November 30th, 2021, fans can get their hands on one of the 616’s most sought-after grimoires: Doctor Strange: The Book of Vishanti: A Magical Exploration of the Marvel Universe by Marvel Entertainment. Hmm… Better keep this release away from Agatha Harkness, methinks.
And finally, on January 18th, 2021, The Last Mechanical Monster by Brian Fies will be published. Initially published as a webcomic, this all-ages adventure pays homage to the cartoons of the 1940s while exploring themes of creativity, legacy, and ambition. Plus, according to the cover, this release includes a bonus paper robot! Wow!
A Busy Few Months for Abrams!
Are you especially excited for any of these upcoming releases? What do you think of the debut books from the Surely Books imprint? Have you had a chance to pick up any of the gorgeous books published so far by Megascope? The Beat wants to hear from you! Let us know, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!