Publisher Abrams ComicArts has announced the books in their spring 2021 release lineup, featuring books from Megascope, a new line of books that will be comprised of nonfiction and speculative works created by and about people of color.
The first book from Megascope will be Hardears, created by Matthew Clarke and Nigel Lynch, which will be available on April 6th, 2021. The Afro-Carribbean fantasy adventure takes place on Jouvert Island, an alternative (and magical) analogue of Barbados.
On May 4th, 2021, Black Star written by Eric Anthony Glover and illustrated by Arielle Jovellanos. Based on an original unproduced screenplay, the story follows Harper North and her team of scientists on a dangerous interstellar mission to retrieve an alien flower that could save many lives.
Also on May 4th, 2021, Megascope will release Across the Tracks, written by Alverne Ball and illustrated by Stacey Robinson. This book is an examination of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Black Wall Street – Greenwood, Oklahoma – which was the location of the Tulsa Race Massacre one hundred years ago, in 1921.
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On March 2nd, 2021, Abrams ComicArts will publish The Incredible Nellie Bly: Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and Philanthropist, written by Luciana Cimino and illustrated by Sergio Algozzino. The graphic novel biography of Bly is told from the perspective of Miriam, a 1920s fictionalized journalism student.
Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (and Not So Possible) Tomorrows by Rose Eveleth will be published on March 30th, 2021. An exploration of possible tomorrows written by the host of the podcast Flash Forward, the book features illustrations by some very talented artists, including Box Brown, Sophie Goldstein, Matt Lubchanksy, and Ben Passmore.
Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest by Nate Powell (illustrator of March) will be published on April 6th, 2021. A collection of seven essays that tracks Powell’s experiences under the current U.S. regime, the book is an examination of the necessity of protest.
Also on April 6th, 2021, Abrams ComicArts books will publish The Alex Ross Marvel Comics Poster Book, a collection of 35 posters featuring the Marvel Comics superheroes by Alex Ross, along with commentary and glimpses into the legendary artist’s process.
On June 1st, 2021, Marvel Value Stamps: A Visual History will be published. In 1974, Marvel Comics began including Marvel Value Stamps in each issue, which could be collected and exchanged for exclusive Marvel merch. This book collects the stamps, stamp books, and related material, along with commentary by Roy Thomas, Marvel Comics historian.
And on July 20th, 2021, Magic: The Gathering: Planes of the Multiverse will be released, written by Jay Annelli and Wizards of the Coast. This visual guide offers the history behind important moments in lore as well as character profiles for fan-favorite Planeswalkers. Plus, the book includes original artwork from Planes of the Multiverse, often time presented for the first time outside of the MTG cards.
Coming from Abrams ComicArts in Spring 2021
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