Abrams Books is set to return to the San Diego Comic-Con next week, and the publisher has announced a number of exclusives it is bringing to the show.

n addition, Abrams will be revealing exclusive, new information on forthcoming 2020 titles at the Abrams ComicArts 10th Anniversary panel on Saturday, 7/20. A full announcement on these titles will be forthcoming after they are shared at the show.

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:

  • 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 Abrams Booth #1216!

Commute, by Erin Williams galley—while supplies last, for ages 18+

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Octavia E. Butler; by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings galley—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

The World of It, by Alyse Wax red balloon—while supplies last

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, by Thomas Lennon leprechaun—while supplies last

Diary of a Wimpy Kid tote bag—Preview Night, while supplies last

In the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery, by Diana Peterfreund galley—Friday at 12:00 PM, while supplies last

Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi, by F.C. Yee posters with excerpt—while supplies last

Alien Superstar, by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver sunglasses—while supplies last

The Flash: Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot, by Barry Lyga posters—while supplies last

PLUS DAILY CONTESTS, MORE GIVEAWAYS, AND SPECIAL SHOW DISCOUNTS ON ALL BOOKS AND CALENDARS

Panels!

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.

All authors and artists are available for interviews in advance, or times can be scheduled at the show. Please contact Maya Bradford, senior publicist, mbradford@abramsbooks.com, for more info.

Thursday, July 18

1:30–2:30 PM
Care and Nurturing of Someone Else’s Universe
Room: 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
Panelist: 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
Panelists: Audrey Niffenegger (Bizarre Romance)

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 DiMartino, Avatar: 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!

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)

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
Spotlight on Eddie Campbell
Room: 29AB
Panelists: Eddie Campbell (Bizarre Romance)

5:30–6:30 PM
From Lt. Jim Dangle to Ronan Boyle: A Discussion with Thomas Lennon
Room: 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
AA09
F.C. Yee will sign Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi.

Friday, July 19

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

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
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
Abrams booth #1216
John Pound will sign Garbage Pail Kids. Limit 1 item per person.

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

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

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

5:15–6:00 PM
Abrams 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
AA09
Audrey Niffenegger will sign Bizarre Romance.

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

Root for the SelfMadeHero Eisner Award Nominees!

Best Short Story
“Here I Am” by Shaun Tan, from I Feel Machine edited by Julian Hanshaw and
Krent Able

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco, adapted by Javi Rey

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