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November 13, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From Comics' Direct Market




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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* for no particular reason, to the left is a panel from the old Claremont/Byrne/Austin run on late 1970s/early 1970s X-Men comics, with Wolverine in his all-encompassing Fonz phase. Those were frequently effective comics.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Sara Ryan!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Doug Murray!

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November 12, 2019


Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News


 
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If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* here's an interview with that nice man and skilled comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis about the current attempt to reboot Legion Of Super-Heroes. That's one of DC's broadly appealing and easy to grasp concepts, and should be something the company does well in the same way that the X-Men books should be a strength for Marvel. I am a spectacularly bad customer for its standard mix of nostalgic reverie for traditional square-jaw super-heroics and kids-culture values of the broadest sort, but I sured like reading optimistic super-kid stories when I was a young man and would imagine a lot of kids could make use of something like that now that the future has become conceivably shorter and potentially more depressing.

* finally: it's hard for me to figure out the benefit of making stand-alone creative efforts into their own "universe" of stories. I know some people believe these companies shouldn't be precious about this kind of thing, but it always seems to dissipate some of the energy those wider storylines bring to the table. Seems like sloppy resource management.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Carl Potts!

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November 11, 2019


Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* names you may have heard of, at varying levels of initial success: Brian Pulido, Chuck Dixon, Michael Jantze.

* here's another cartoonist of repute: Ted Rall.

* two long-running campaign followed by this site feature Larry Shell and Jim Wheelock.

* finally: people continue to donate to Gahan Wilson's care.
 
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Go, Look: Children's Rights At Cartoon Movement

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Go, Look: Why It's Got To Be Bernie

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this Gretchen Felker-Martin essay about the appeal of the Marvel movies coming from elements of their creation that are less than exemplary has received a great deal of attention and has something to say about that enormously successful series of films. They inform the perception of the comics, at the very least. It's interesting to read analysis tht makes a strong distinction about elements unique to the film because I think the comics have a completely different set of virtues.

* here's an excerpt from Daybreak, Brian Ralph's graphic novel that inspired a TV show of the same now. I don't know anyone that recognizes the comic in the TV show, but I know a lot of people that Ralph makes as much money as possible from the show.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco on War Bears. Eddie Campbell on Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny. Leonard Pierce on This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Noah Berlatsky on Wonder Woman Volume One: The Just War.

* finally: Bill Leak's son Johnnes will fill the cartoonist position at The Australian.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Will Dinski!

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Happy 50th Birthday, James Owen!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Steve Ekstrom!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Derek M. Ballard!

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November 10, 2019


Go, Look: Bill Sienkiewicz Imagery

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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2019

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November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

November 13
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beaverton, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 28
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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December 7
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (CALA)

December 8
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (CALA)

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Events For January 2020 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 45th Birthday, Chris Bolton!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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Happy 49th Birthday, James Sime!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Chrislip!

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