In Spring, 2009, publisher Harry N. Abrams will launch
a new comic book imprint called ComicArts, which will specialize in comics and comics related books. The imprint will be run by Charles Kochman.
Kochman will direct the new imprint, which will launch with four new titles: The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle; The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death by Todd Hignite, designed by Jordan Crane with an introduction by acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel; Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster by Craig Yoe; and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? by Brian Fies, the creator of the award-winning Web comic/book Mom's Cancer.
"When I joined Abrams I wanted to be seen as a book editor, just to show that I could edit anything," Kochman said. "But I know comics really well and I'm very much aware of Abrams's history as a publisher -- it gives instant recognition to an artist. That's why artists want to be on my list -- my background and my house."
Comics are super hot these day. Comic-con has morphed from being an in the know geekfest to a major event to which every major studio shows up.