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July 13, 2005

Comic Art Magazine to Buenaventura Press; “In the Studio” Book Planned


M. Todd Hignite, editor of the highly esteemed Comic Art magazine, wrote this site to announce his suspended magazine's return and a related project. The Harvey- and Eisner-nominated publication, which has quickly made a name for itself for extremely luxurious production values and a devotion to high-end comics and cartooning, will resume publishing in Summer 2006. Hignite writes:
"I also wanted to let you know that I've decided to change both the format and publishing schedule of Comic Art, which has been on hold for the last few months while I complete the book. It will now be approximately 150-180 pages per issue, perfect bound, with the same (if not better) production values as the first seven issues, and published annually, with the next issue being released in summer 2006."

Hignite says the focus of the magazine will change slightly to emphasize the history of the art form, both undiscovered work and work that the magazine will call to be appreciated in new ways. In perhaps the biggest change, Buenaventura Press will be the magazine's new publisher. Buenaventura Press is a highly regarded printmaker that turned comics publisher early this year. Hignite previously published the magazine himself.

In related news, Hignite announced a book version of one of the magazine's most popular features: the studio visits. In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists will feature nine cartoonists -- Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware -- with each feature expanded since its publication in Comic Art. Hignite says the book, to be published by Yale University Press, will be around 200 pages and in full-color, with never before seen artwork. He plans to finish the volume this summer.

The next Comic Art issue to appear will be #8.
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