Kramers Ergot began as a small press anthology of comics books from Avodah Books in the Spring of 2000, a mere 48 pages including work by Sammy Harkham, Justin Howe, David Brook, and Luke Quigley. They all returned for Kramers Ergot Vol 2 the next summer. And so it began it’s march to becoming one of the most important comic book anthologies of the twenty-first century…
By December 20o2, more people had joined for Vol 3, including Mark Burrier, Ben Jones, Sara Varon, Stefan Gruber, Kathleen Lolley, Neil Fitzpatrick, Joe Grillo, Hans Rickheit, Zack Soto, Luke Quigley, Mat Tait, and Sammy Harkham.
2003 saw volume 4 by Mat Brinkman, Renee French, Anders Nilsen, Leif Goldberg, Lauren Weinstein, Marc Bell, Allison Cole, C.F., Jim Drain, Tobias Schalken, Billy Grant, Andrew Brandou, Josh Simmons, Geneviève Castrée, Joe Grillo, David Heatley, Dave Kiersh, Souther Salazar, Laura Grant, Stefan Gruber, David Lasky, Ben Jones, Jeffrey Brown, Ron Regé, Jr., John Hankiewicz, and many more as the size of the volume began to increase.
Initially published by Avodah Books, it was reissued by Gingko Press the next year, as they took over publication of Kramers Ergot Vol 5 in December 2o04, now including Chris Ware, Dan Zettwoch, Fabio, Helge Ruemann, Jordan Crane, Marc Bell, Gabrielle Bell, Gary Panter, Leif Goldberg, Souther Salazar, and Ron Regé, Jr.
These were then reissued by by Buenaventura Press in 2008, after they took over Kramers Ergot Vol 6 in July 2006, including work by Elvis Studio, Ron Regé, Jr., Ben Jones, Jerry Moriarty, Tom Gauld, John Porcellino, Vanessa Davis, Chris Cilla, Shary Boyle, Suiho Tagawa, Fabio Viscogliosi, and many others.
Vol 7 came in November 2008, with their biggest credit list to date, including Rick Altergott, Gabrielle Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Stéphane Blanquet, Blexbolex, Conrad Botes, Shary Boyle, Mat Brinkman, John Brodowski, Ivan Brunetti, C.F., Chris Cilla, Jacob Ciocci, Dan Clowes, Martin Cendreda, Joe Daly, Kim Deitch, Matt Furie, Tom Gauld, Leif Goldberg, Matt Groening, John Hankiewicz, Sammy Harkham, Eric Haven, David Heatley, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Walt Holcombe, Kevin Huizenga, J. Bradley Johnson, Ben Jones, Ben Katchor, Ted May, Geoff McFetridge, Jesse McManus, James McShane, Jerry Moriarty, Anders Nilsen, John Pham, Pshaw, Aapo Rapi, Ron Regé, Jr., Xavier Robel, Helge Reumann, Florent Ruppert et Jérôme Mulot, Johnny Ryan, Richard Sala, Souther Salazar, Frank Santoro, Seth, Shoboshobo, Josh Simmons, Anna Sommer, Will Sweeney, Matthew Thurber, Adrian Tomine, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, and Dan Zettwoch.
Then there was an understandable gap. Kramers Ergot was then picked up by another publisher, Picture Box, for Vol 8 in January 2012 including work by Robert Beatty, Gary Panter, C.F., Kevin Huizenga, Gabrielle Bell, Dash Shaw, Frank Santoro, Tim Hensley, Takeshi Murata, Johnny Ryan, Leon Sadler, Chris Cilla, Anya Davidson, Sammy Harkham, Ron Embleton, and Frederic Mullally with an introduction by Ian Svenonius.
And it would take another four years for Vol 9, now from Fantagraphics, where in April 2016 they published the collection including work by Sammy Harkham, Michael Deforge, Noel Freibert, Steven Weissman, Anya Davidson, Stefan Marx, Abraham Diaz, Leon Sadler, Julia Gfrörer, Adam Buttrick, Kim Deitch, Ben Jones, Andy Burkholder, Antony Huchette, Trevor Alixopulos, Antoine Cossé, Archer Prewitt, Kevin Huizenga and Renee French.
But it looks like the schedules are being tightened again, And we now have a date for Kramers Ergot Vol 10 for April 2018. And creators, so far they have confirmation for Robert Crumb, Anna Haifich, Noel Frieberg, Adam Buttrick, Archer Prewitt, Andy Burkholder, Lale Westvind, Will Sweeney, Dash Shaw, James Turek, Rick Altergott, CF, Aisha Franz, Kim Deitch, Ron Regé Jr., and John Pham. with a contribution from editor Sammy Harkham, and the promise of full-colour illustrations throughout.