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August 17, 2010


This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases To The 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. But if I were anywhere near a comic shop, nothing would stop me from picking these up and rubbing their covers all over my face.

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JUN100011 1 FOR DOLLAR HELLBOY SEED OF DESTRUCTION $1.00
JUN100012 1 FOR DOLLAR USAGI YOJIMBO $1.00

I'd want to check these out as potential giveaways, but I have to imagine most fans have seen this material and either already embraced it or walked away.

MAY100040 LITTLE LULU PAL TUBBY VOL 01 CASTAWAY OTHER STORIES $15.99
If they didn't have you at "Tubby," I'll never get you at all.

MAY100222 EX MACHINA #50 $4.99
That is a very fine anniversary for this title to reach, and I think it's one that fans of adventure comics will go back to for a while.

JUN100270 FABLES #97 (MR) $2.99
This one is about to hit one of those grand anniversaries. Wow. I think if I had had to guess I would have said it was only about 70 issues in.

JUN100453 BULLETPROOF COFFIN #3 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
JUN100472 TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD #13 $3.50
FEB100404 WEIRD WORLD OF JACK STAFF #4 $3.50
Three from the "genre comics with a number of fans" pile. The Paul Grist stuff is funny if you think of him doing these re-launches to capture a bigger audience and then him doing comics that are quickly just as inscrutable as last time out. I sure enjoy them, though.

MAY100193 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE DOOM PATROL TP VOL 02 $19.99
This practically has to be good, right?

MAR100952 GROTESQUE #4 $7.95
MAR100953 INTERIORAE #4 $7.95
MAR100954 NIGER #3 $7.95
APR100967 SAMMY THE MOUSE #3 $7.95

This summer's four new Ignatz releases from Coconino/Fantagraphics, and examples of one of the great comics formats of the last 15 years. I liked the Sammy The Mouse book the best, but they're all beautiful.

JUL101060 SAN FRANCISCO PANORAMA COMICS SECTION TABLOID FORMAT $10.00
This is the comics section from the McSweeney's effort to put out a local newspaper, which initially wasn't being sold separately. A bunch of art-comics regulars on point.

MAY101031 UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN GN $13.99
A quick and fun little kids' story set in a fantastic world, with real-world elements creeping in on every side -- as opposed to the other way around.

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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 didn't list your comic here, that's because someone put up a mosque near the ground zero of my heart.

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