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June 22, 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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MAR110044 ART OF DOUG SNEYD HC (MR) $39.99
I'd love to see this one: a deluxe, limited, hardcover edition collecting a bunch of the Playboy artist's color work.

APR110022 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2 NEAL ADAMS CVR $7.99
APR110023 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2 SANFORD GREENE CVR $7.99
It should be interesting to see how well Dark Horse does with an anthology that's slightly more expensive than the average comic but certainly not in the range of the alt-comics anthology or even the stunt-like superhero ones. I hear the first one did great.

APR110288 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #2 (OF 4) $3.99
I didn't see the first one, and I'd have to look over any of the comics in the series before buying them, but I have to imagine these are some handsome comics.

MAR110041 SCARY GODMOTHER COMIC BOOK STORIES TP $24.99
Dark Horse and Jill Thompson deepen their Beasts Of Burden-based relationship with a collection of her kids material, priced to move.

OCT101046 ROY ROGERS COLL DAILY & SUNDAY NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC $49.99
I'm not familiar with these strips at all, but apparently there's some Toth in here so I'd want to at least pick this book if I saw it in a store.

APR110788 ARCHIE BABIES OGN $9.95
I'm not sure anyone I know is dying to dig into the content here, but doing an OGN is a different tack for the publisher.

MAR111310 DETROIT METAL CITY GN VOL 09 (MR) $12.99
MAR111322 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 15 (NOTE PRICE) $12.99
Two volumes in two of the best ongoing series -- Detroit Metal City should be near its conclusion.

APR111334 ZIGGY 40 YEARS 1971-2011 HC $24.99
This is a fat, cute little book from Andrews McMeel. I'm not sure what Ziggy's core audience is like, but I can't imagine that core audience not being delighted by this.

MAR111400 DREAMLAND JAPAN WRITINGS ON MODERN MANGA COLL ED $29.95
A new edition of Frederik L. Schodt's mid-'90s book on manga, one of the Mt. Rushmore books about comics.

JAN111194 CAPTAIN EASY HC VOL 02 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (RES) $39.99
Magnificent color adventure comics from Roy Crane, published as crisply as modern collection technique allow. I'm reading this right now.

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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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