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SDCC ’19: Abrams ComicArts brings Magic: The Gathering, Avatar: The Last Airbender, & more exclusives

Abrams celebrates the big 10 at SDCC '19


Abrams ComicArts returns to San Diego International Comic-Con this year at Booth #1216. In addition to participating in a whopping 19 panels, the publisher will also offer author signings, Comic-Con exclusive books (including signed copies), and sneak peeks of titles from its fall 2019 catalog. Abrams will also offer in-booth discounts on books, new books for early sale, and galley giveaways.

At the Abrams ComicArts 10th Anniversary panel on Saturday, attendees will get new information on forthcoming 2020 titles, with a full announcement to come following the show.

Check out the full list of exclusives and Abrams ComicArts’ SDCC schedule below.

Abrams ComicArts San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

The epic saga from the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender begins! This exclusive edition of the new novel features a stunning variant cover and will be available only to Con attendees. Copies will be available for purchase at the Abrams booth and Autographing Area while supplies last.

Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch  – EARLY ON SALE!

This giftable visual reference guide, sure to appeal to new and longtime Magic fans alike, is on sale July 23—advance copies will be available for purchase with a 25% discount while supplies last.

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie 2020 collectible poster calendar

This unique oversize calendar transforms into thirteen 16 x 20-inch art prints that can hang in any galaxy! Celebrate SDCC with an exclusive 14 x 11-inch bonus print (and 25% off) with purchase while supplies last. Also available online during SDCC at abramsbooks.com/ralphmcquarrie with promo code McQuarrie SDCC.

The Flash: Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot – EARLY ON SALE!

The crossover event fans have been waiting for as the Flash joins forces with Green Arrow! The first book in The Flash: Crossover Crisis series will be available exclusively for Con attendees one month before the public publication date. Copies will be available for purchase at the Abrams booth while supplies last.

Signed Copies (See below for signing schedule)

Bizarre Romance

Creators Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell will be signing copies in the Autographing area.

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles

Thomas Lennon will be signing copies in the Autographing Area.

Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

F.C. Yee will be signing copies in the Autographing Area.

Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed The World #1

Don Brown will be signing copies in the Autographing Area.

Nobody’s Fool

Bookplates signed by creator Bill Griffith, available while supplies last

A Fire Story

Bookplates signed by creator Brian Fies, available while supplies last.

Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story

Bookplates signed by author Rob Bredow available while supplies last.

FREE Giveaways at Booth #1216!

Commute by Erin Williams (Galley)

While supplies last, for ages 18+.

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Galley)

By Octavia E. Butler; by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings. While supplies last, for ages 18+.

Drawing Power edited by Diane Noomin (Sampler)

While supplies last, for ages 18+.

The Art of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell (Signed Print)

While supplies last.

In the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery by Diana Peterfreund (Galley)

Friday at 12:00 PM, while supplies last.

More giveaways include:

  • Red Balloon from The World of It by Alyse Wax
  • Leprechaun from Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid tote bag (available at Preview Night)
  • Posters with Excerpt from Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
  • Sunglasses from Alien Superstar by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
  • Posters from The Flash: Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga
  • Abrams ComicArts 10th anniversary samplers and lanyards!


Abrams ComicArts Panels at SDCC ’19

Authors and artists associated with Abrams who are attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con include Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell (Bizarre Romance), John Jennings (Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), F.C. Yee (Avatar, The Last Airbender: Rise of Kyoshi), Thomas Lennon (Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles), and Don Brown (Rocket to the Moon!), as well as Abrams and ComicArts editorial and design staff.

Below are the times, locations, titles, and Abrams authors and staff featured on panels. For full panel descriptions, please go to the San Diego Comic-Con official site here.

Thursday, July 18

1:30–2:30 PM — Care and Nurturing of Someone Else’s Universe, Horton Grand Theatre 
What are the responsibilities and opportunities writers embrace when writing about iconic characters in universes created by someone else, whether an individual or a corporation? Panelists: F.C. Yee (Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi), Matt Forbeck (Dungeons & Dragons: Escape the Underdark: An Endless Quest Book), Brenna Yovanoff (Stranger Things: Runaway Max), Sherri L. Smith (High Ground), Kiersten White (Slayer), Gary Phillips (Batman: The Killing Joke) 

Friday, July 19

10:00–11:00 AM — The Factual and the Actual, Room 32AB
Celebrate science, history, and more with these creators of engaging and informative works of nonfiction and historical fiction. Enjoy exploring science, history, space, and more through sequential art with Randall Munro (How To), Don Brown (Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #1), Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea), Jim Ottaviani (Hawking), and Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Art) in conversation with librarian Judy Prince-Neeb (Chula Vista Public Library).

2:00–3:00 PM — Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing: Behind the Scenes, San Diego Public Library, Central Library: Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th floor
Panelists: Julia Pohl-Miranda (Drawn & Quarterly), Mark Siegel (First Second), Maya Bradford (Abrams ComicArts), Andrew Arnold (HarperCollins). Moderated by Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School).

3:00–4:00 PM — My Best Comic-Con Story, Room 9
Panelists: Eddie Campbell, Mary Fleener, Rick Geary, Paul Levitz, Steve Sansweet, William Stout, Maggie Thompson, and Billy Tucci. Moderated by Vince Hernandez.

4:00–5:00 PM — Time, Memory, and Comics Storytelling, Room 28DE
Panelists: Kevin Huizenga, Audrey Niffenegger, Seth, and Chris Ware

Saturday, July 20

1:00-2:00 PM — Fantasy and Sci-Fi Authors, Room 29AB
Learn about writing, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from award-winning and NY Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction authors Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), A.G. Howard (Stain), Aditi Khorana (Mirror in the Sky), and Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars). Moderated by Henry Herz (Alice’s Magic Garden).

1:30–2:30 PM — Spotlight on Audrey Niffenegger, Room 24ABC

3:00–4:00 PM — Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy, Room: 7AB
Dark Horse Comics, Abrams, and Nickelodeon are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra cocreator Michael Dante DiMartinoAvatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance writer Faith Erin Hicks, and Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi writer F.C. Yee for a further exploration of the beloved world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

3:00–4:00 PM — The Fun-damentals of Story, Room 23ABC
Who puts the fun in “Reading is Fundamental?” These creators! Panelists: Whitney Gardner (Fake Blood), Sarah Anderson (Cheshire Crossing), Gini Koch (Aliens Like Us), Thomas Lennon (Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles), Brandon Mull (Dragonwatch) 

4:00–5:00 PM — Abrams ComicArts Anniversary: 10 Years of Graphic Novel Publishing, Room 28DE
Panelists: Charles Kochman (editorial director), Charlotte Greenbaum (editor), Andrew Smith (publisher), and John Jennings (illustrator, Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation)

4:00–5:00 PM — Spotlight on Eddie Campbell, Room: 29AB

5:30–6:30 PM — From Lt. Jim Dangle to Ronan Boyle: A Discussion with Thomas Lennon, Horton Grand Theatre
Join actor and writer Thomas Lennon in a rollicking career retrospective and discussion of his new novel, the instant New York Times bestseller Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Best known for playing Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Reno 911! and as the coauthor of the Night at the Museum film series, Lennon was a member of the influential sketch comedy group the State and has appeared in thirty-eight feature films, including 17 Again and I Love You, Man, and numerous television shows. Lennon delved into his Irish ancestry to write Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, a high-adventure fantasy tale set in a magical world of law-breaking leprechauns that the New York Post called “the next Harry Potter.”

Sunday, July 21

11:00 AM–12:00 PM — From Between the Pages to on the Marquee, Room 28DE
The eternally fascinating topic of the differences in storytelling and process of stories told in books and comics to television and film panel is the focus of discussion for Audrey Niffenegger(Bizarre Romance, The Time Traveler’s Wife), Max Brallier (The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade), Joe Hill (Full Throttle, NOS4A2) and Cornelia Funke (The Labyrinth of the Faun).

12:30-1:30 PM — Fandom Meets YA, Room 23ABC
Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Firefly . . . it’s a great time for those who love mystical, magical worlds. A.G. Howard (Stain), Tricia Levenseller (Warrior of the Wild), Jodi Meadows (As She Ascends), Mary Pearson (Dance of Thieves), and Mary Weber (To Best the Boys) will geek out over their favorite fandoms. Eleven or Hermione? Gotham or Westeros? And how does a love of all things fandom translate into the world of YA lit?

Author Signings

Thursday, July 18

3:00–4:00 PM, Room AA09 — F.C. Yee will sign Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi.

Friday, July 19

11:00 AM–12:00 PM, Room AA07 — Thomas Lennon will sign Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Room AA09 — Don Brown will sign Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #1.

Saturday, July 20

11:00 AM–12:00 PM, Booth #1216 — John Pound will sign Garbage Pail Kids. Limit 1 item per person.

2:30-3:30 PM, Room AA09 — A.G. Howard will sign Stain.

3:00–4:00 PM, Room AA04 — Audrey Niffenegger will sign Bizarre Romance.

4:30–5:30 PM, Room AA05 — F.C. Yee will sign Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi.

5:15–6:00 PM, Booth #1216 — John Jennings will sign galleys of Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation.

Sunday, July 21

12:00–12:45 PM, Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119 — Thomas Lennon will sign Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.

12:30–1:30 PM, Room AA09 — Audrey Niffenegger will sign Bizarre Romance.

1:45-2:45 PM, Room AA06 — A.G. Howard will sign Stain.

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