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April 20, 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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FEB110809 GIRL & GORILLA GN $10.99
I know next to nothing about this new release from the redoubtable, UK-based boutique publisher Blank Slate, but it's when I see cute covers like this one offers up that I wished I lived near a comics shop that allowed me to take a browser's look inside. If this is an opportunity afforded you, give thanks.

FEB110010 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1 FRANK MILLER CVR $7.99
FEB110009 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1 PAUL CHADWICK CVR $7.99
There's room for a genre-oriented comic book anthology with some marketing muscle behind it, so I hope this new Dark Horse effort fits that bill over the long term rather than the short term. It's a much tougher market for this kind of thing than when a book with this title first launched. Of course, that was 25 freaking years ago! Two covers for the obsessive-compulsive comics fans out there.

JAN110119 LITTLE LULU PAL TUBBY VOL 03 FROG BOY & OTHER STORIES $15.99
JAN110121 NEXUS ARCHIVES HC VOL 12 $49.99
JAN111199 COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP (NEW PTG) VOL 13 SNOID (MR) $19.99
JAN111200 COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP (NEW PTG) VOL 15 MODE ODAY (MR) $19.99
These are all collection series for whom I'm not the natural audience, having a lot of the work presented within their covers in some other form. Still, I'm glad they all exist, and I pick them up when I can. Those two Crumb volumes might actually be under-appreciated for as good as they are and for what people have decided is most valuable within Crumb's overall oeuvre.

FEB110807 POOD #3 (MR) $4.50
JAN111172 KLONDIKE GN $24.95
I know next to nothing about either of these, although I do remember Chris Butcher talking about Klondike at some point. The other one is an anthology. Both look worth picking up and giving a once-over.

AUG100382 ARCHIE SEVEN DECADES OF AMERICAS FAVORITE TEENAGERS HC $49.99
That Archie guy is everywhere.

OCT100512 INVINCIBLE #79 $2.99
FEB110379 SUPER DINOSAUR #1 $2.99
From writer Robert Kirkman. The Invincible comics should be interesting right now as the book comes off the adrenaline rush of their recent, war-related plotline.

FEB110688 ESSENTIAL THOR TP VOL 05 $19.99
I love the Essential books, although Thor is one of the two or three Marvel comic books of that era that really has to be seen in color if you can afford it.

JAN111377 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 14 $12.99
The best random volume from a quality manga series of the week.

JAN111279 DAN CLOWES MISTER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY TP $19.95
I quite liked this story when it was in the New York Times, although others of my acquaintance insist on seeing it as a dry run for techniques and approaches brought more fully to bear with last year's Wilson. Anyway, new Clowes! How bad a week can this be, barring a total disaster?

JAN118093 GUY RITCHIE GAMEKEEPER GN $24.99
JUN100922 GUY RITCHIE GAMEKEEPER GN $24.99
Someday we're going to look back on books like this one, with its celebrity endorsement and murky, ready-for-cable plotline, and wonder at what happened in publishing where this kind of thing routinely happened. Or not, I'm not sure.

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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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