Great news! Sammy Harkham, editor of the seminal art comix anthology KRAMERS ERGOT, has announced via Vimeo that the eighth issue of the anthology will be out this fall with a new publisher, PictureBox.
Kramers Ergot is the premier comics anthology of the 21st century. Since its inception in 2000, it has revolutionized the medium, introducing new talents, solidifying aesthetics, and standing as a state-of-the-medium book. It has always been a reflection of editor Sammy Harkham’s current interests in comics past and future. So it is in that spirit, with this new volume, the he severs Kramers Ergot from many of the formal and stylistic elements with which it made its name. Whereas past issues were oversized, colorful, and filled with a variety of artists all designed to overwhelm the reader with raw power, Kramers Ergot #8 is a complete shift both aesthetically and physically. The size of the book is smaller, to encourage a more intimate reading of the material, and the content reflects a focus on substantial works from a small group of no more than a dozen artists. Artists that, instead of being aesthetically varied, reflect a more specific and unified aesthetic space of discipline, sophistication, and quiet power.
Kramers Ergot 8
Edited by Sammy Harkham
6.5″ x 9″ Hardcover, 208 pages
Contributors include: Gary Panter, Gabrielle Bell, C.F., Kevin Huizenga, Ben Jones, Jason T. Miles, Sammy Harkham, Leon Sadler, Johnny Ryan, Frank Santoro & Dash Shaw, Anya Davidson, Ron Rege Jr., Ron Embleton & Frederic Mullally
A cover image was released but it is not the final image.
You may recall that KRAMERS ERGOT #7 was a coffee-table-sized, $125 paper slab of a book, which both amazed and frightened those who beheld it. Much of the back stock of the book’s print run was ruined in an accident, making it even more legendary. Launched in 2000, KRAMERS exemplified the more “pure art” style of the Fort Thunder school; however, the new direction seems to reflect further developments in the comics landscape over the last 11 years.
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