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July 7, 2009


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 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 were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely pick them up and count the non-house ads.

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MAY090044 BPRD 1947 #1 (OF 5) $2.99
Ba and Moon step up to the plate on one of the more popular franchises of the day.

FEB094278 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 01 1937-1938 $29.99
MAY090756 RASL COLLECTORS ED HC (MR) $50.00
APR090751 BONE ONE VOL ED SC 13TH PTG $39.99
MAY090179 ABSOLUTE DC THE NEW FRONTIER HC NEW PTG $75.00
It's a good when you can span over $200 and come back with multiple giant books as attractive and necessary as these.

MAY090122 WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 (OF 12) $3.99
DC serial tabloid gamble. Well, as much as you can call anything in a non-returnable market a gamble.

MAR094389 ASTERIOS POLYP GN $29.95
Well, hello there Mr. Decade-in-the-Making Major Work from a major cartoonist.

APR090823 EVERYBODY IS STUPID EXCEPT ME & OTHER ASTUTE OBSERVATIONS GN $16.99
Peter Bagge is an American treasure.

MAR090173 SUPERMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAN OF TOMORROW HC $24.99
This probably has "Burn" in it. Not the short story: the panel.

MAR090237 NOBODY HC (MR) $19.99
Jeff LeMire's major label debut, a Vertigo OGN.

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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, boo hoo.

*****

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posted 7:00 pm PST | Permalink
 

 
April 22, 2009


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 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 were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely pick up the following and look them over, leading to feets and hands a'-plenty.

*****

JAN090111 BPRD TP VOL 10 THE WARNING $17.95
I know how idiotic it is to keep whistling "wow" when you get to a certain number on a title or trade series, but wow, there are 10 of these now.

MAR094364 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 24 $12.99
And there's 24 of these. Has anyone ever written about this series simply as a long-time, successful publishing endeavor?

FEB092421 INVINCIBLE #61 $2.99
FEB092371 VIKING #1 $2.99
These are your high-end genre comics of interest this week; the Viking book is writer Ivan Brandon's new series.

JAN094226 TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #5 (MR) $4.50
I can't imagine in a week this light on substantial comics offerings that you couldn't find a place in your backpack or on your car seat for the latest issue of Michael Kupperman's great series.

FEB092517 SKRULL KILL KREW #1 (OF 5) DKR $3.99
Sooner or later, they all come back.

JAN094262 BEATS GRAPHIC HISTORY HC (MR) $22.00
I don't hold out much hope for this anthology of non-fiction comics as a lot of books like it have been pretty bad, but maybe I'll be surprised.

FEB094448 STONECUTTER HC $14.99
This is a Jon J Muth-illustrated adaptation of Chinese folkstory that as a project has inspirational literature aspirations. I'd really like to look at this if I were in a shop.

*****

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, it's because I'm mean.

*****

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posted 5:30 pm PST | Permalink
 

 
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