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March 1, 2011


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

imageHere 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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DEC100080 USAGI YOJIMBO #135 $3.50
I dream about someday taking a long train trip with a sleeper where I get to re-read like 100 issues of Usagi Yojimbo that I bring on board in their own bag. I believe in modest, achievable dreams.

DEC100281 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 YEAR TWO (MR) $24.99
I like the original comics with this material, but certainly if you're a superhero comics collector of any comprehensive sort you need this burst of comics somewhere in your collection.

JUL100360 POPEYE HC VOL 01 BEST COMIC STORIES BUD SAGENDORF $29.99
I'm greatly looking forward to at the very least picking this one and carrying it around for a bit, as I've not seen a lot of anything Popeye-related from after Segar's passing.

JAN110685 EMMA #1 (OF 5) $3.99
Yes, that Emma. From Marvel. They do pretty well with the collections of these kinds of books, to the point where I wasn't even aware they were serialized.

DEC100634 TAKIO GN HC $9.95
This is the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming all-ages, kids superhero effort -- I don't know anything about it other than the names involved, but that's surely enough to cause me to check it out at my earliest opportunity.

NOV100624 INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #4 (MR) $3.50
DEC108141 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500 2ND PTG LARROCA VAR (PP #956) $4.99
Your two noteworthy superhero comics of the week, from a range of talented people; the second one's been out for a while, but I haven't gotten it yet and don't really mind which version I see as long as I see it. I'm told it's entertaining.

JAN111281 ASTERIOS POLYP GN (MAR094389) $29.95
That "buy it when you want it no matter the edition" also applies to recent alt-comics heavy hitters, too. If you don't have this in your home, maybe you should!

JAN110937 AN ELEGY FOR AMELIA JOHNSON HC $14.95
This is a straight-up relationship comic from Archaia, best know for their quirky genre books. I think this is a stand-alone book, too, so it should be interesting to see how it does.

DEC101103 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 05 $13.95
A very cute cat. I'm glad I got to experience this work, but five volumes is about three more volumes than I might care to read. A cat lover could probaread 128 volumes.

NOV100941 LEWIS & CLARK GN $16.99
This is the new book out this week with work I want to see more than any other book.

OCT101016 POPEYE HC VOL 05 WHAS A JEEP $29.99
JUL101014 ROY CRANE BUZ SAWYER HC WAR I/T PACIFIC VOL 01 $35.00
Two handsome collections of very strong work by outright cartooning masters. The only reason you shouldn't be buying them today is because you pre-ordered them somewhere.

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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 on me. I apologize.

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