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August 3, 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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FEB111046 WILLIE & JOE BACK HOME HC (RES) $29.99
FEB111045 WILLIE & JOE WWII YEARS GN $39.99
You need all the books featuring American Hero Bill Mauldin your shelves can handle, but the Back Home collection is doubly recommended for telling on one of the most startling stories in the history of cartooning: how Mauldin basically destroyed his own potentially lucrative syndicated panel offering by pulling no punches on what he saw as a curdling of the American spirit after World War 2: a multi-month act of creative self-immolation I'm not sure has ever been seen before or since. It's an amazing thing to witness those cartoons first-hand.

MAY110046 USAGI YOJIMBO #139 $3.50
It's becoming less and less weird that this is the only ongoing serial comic book that caught my eye this week. Stan Sakai's series I believe starts a new story as the 200th issue of Usagi comics overall is a mere two months away.

MAR110355 JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 STARRING GREEN ARROW $49.99
I had no idea Kirby did enough Green Arrow work to sustain an omnibus, which means I have a lot of comics to read.

APR110385 CANIFF HC $49.99
A biography utilizing rare pieces of the great cartoonist's art and illustration sounds pretty damn great, and I certainly would want to place my hands on it and check it out were I in a comics store.

MAY110741 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ GN TP $19.99
Marvel has done really well with these books, and they boast a strong creator pedigree. I haven't seen more than maybe a single issue.

JUN111213 GOODBYE CHUNKY RICE PANTHEON ED (O/A) $12.95
All Craig Thompson books on deck!

MAY111244 BAKUMAN TP VOL 06 $9.99
MAY111264 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 17 $9.99
These are the two best new offerings from solid-performing mainstream manga series. As I usually point out, the Slam Dunk book are nice because there's such an incremental approach to building new basketball skills and plot points that reading it in serialized form can be somewhat maddening for a North American sports fan more familiar with the sport.

DEC100986 STEVE CANYON COMP COMIC BOOK SERIES HC VOL 01 $49.99
This strikes me as a crazy project, but I'm all for crazy projects: a reprint collection of all the Dell comic books featuring Milton Caniff's second-and-longer-half-of-professional-career creation. I bet without looking to make sure that this features work from talented Caniff assistants like Bill Overgard.

MAR111402 KRAZY KAT & ART OF GEORGE HERRIMAN HC (RES) $29.95
George Herriman anything is worth a look.

MAY110324 WALTER SIMONSON THOR ARTIST ED HC PI
IDW's craziest-conceptual series of books gets another edition, this time featuring the underrated Walt Simonson, albeit in his least underrated work.

APR110357 HERO COMICS 2011 (ONE SHOT) $3.99
This is the charity comic that features a reunion of the creators behind Sandman #1. Helping older creators in need is a worthy, worthy cause of course.

JUN110963 ROGER LANGRIDGE SNARKED #0 $1.00
This is an easy-access issue for Roger Langridge's new series from Boom! I bet most of you reading don't need an easy access point for Langridge's work, but anything that helps him maybe get over with original work is just fine with me.

MAR111224 TANK TANKURO HC W/ SLIPCASE $29.95
I'm dying to see this collection, and would be if the only thing interesting about it were Chris Ware's design. But there's so much more. If I lived in a town with a great comics shop, this would get me away from my desk and over there on my lunch break.

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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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