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March 29, 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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JAN111080 CHIMO GN (MR) $17.00
Dave Collier is a natural-born cartoonist and one whose every comic is worth buying.

JAN110287 ACTION COMICS #899 $2.99
That's a lot of Action Comics.

JAN110544 BEST OF DICK TRACY TP VOL 01 (RES) (NOTE PRICE) $19.99
NOV100393 TORPEDO HC VOL 03 (MR) $24.99
DEC100426 X-9 SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN HC VOL 02 $49.99
Your classic comics collections of the week, all from artists of power and impact, whether recognized as such, recognized solely as such, or sometimes not always recognized for that part of their work. I want them all.

JAN110632 WALKING DEAD #83 (MR) $2.99
I'm sure there are other serial comics worth buying this week, but it's also probably worth noting that on my first pass through the list this is the only one of its type to stand out. I have to imagine that for a certain type of buyer, this is the anchor comic book series, and has importance above and beyond its own reliably healthy numbers.

DEC100961 21 STORY OF ROBERTO CLEMENTE HC $22.99
Wilfred Santiago's beautiful, intricately-told biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates icon manages to come out just in time for major league baseball's opening day. I think this is a work that people can return to a few times, meaning that if it's a novelty gift for someone -- something you buy for a baseball fan in your life that may not read a lot of comics, say -- it represents an enormous amount of value for that kind of book.

DEC100963 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 15 1979-1980 $28.99
One thing that may be lost as we pore over this volume and the next few looking for a shift in tone or approach is that these books are deeply pleasurable and Schulz became in the golden afternoon of his career a highly confident and supremely reliable cartoonist.

JAN111260 ISAAC THE PIRATE GN VOL 02 CAPITAL (O/A) $14.95
This one's been out for a long time, I think, years in fact, but if it's a new comic for you you'll find Christophe Blain's work as enjoyable as any of the masters that have work out this week.

NOV100920 MOME GN VOL 21 $14.99
It's been a while since the book was previewed, but I remember the Sara Edward-Corbett cover-featured work being particularly strong, and I'm a fiend for what Josh Simmons is doing right now.

JAN111195 RIP HC BEST OF 1985 2004 $28.99
This is one strong week for compelling comics visual makers! Bart Beaty reviewed the L'Association version of this book here.

FEB111072 YEHUDA MOON & KICKSTAND CYCLERY TP VOL 01 $14.95
Go take a look at the site for this collection, here -- one of comics' more idiosyncratic ongoing works, and thus hard to describe in a couple of sentences.

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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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