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September 7, 2011


This Isn't A Library: 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 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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JUL111111 FEYNMAN GN $29.99
Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick tackle the popular cultural and science figure's life in part by taking structural clues from his discursive speaking style.

JUN110033 USAGI YOJIMBO #140 $3.50
The 199th comic book in Stan Sakai's long-running series, for some people I know the one comic book they pick up at the store most convenient for them to visit.

imageJUL110708 CASANOVA AVARITIA #1 (OF 4) (MR) $4.99
The first all-new effort in the well-regarded Matt Fraction-written Moon/Bá-drawn cycle of series starring a dimensional-hopping super-spy to come out under the Marvel umbrella of imprints. There's not a whole lot like it on the stands right now -- not just the specific work itself, but the entire category of difficult and highly personal, genre-twisting stories.

JUL110201 ACTION COMICS #1 $3.99
JUL110225 ANIMAL MAN #1 $2.99
JUL110212 BATGIRL #1 $2.99
JUL110209 BATWING #1 $2.99
JUL110208 DETECTIVE COMICS #1 $2.99
JUL110197 GREEN ARROW #1 $2.99
JUL110241 HAWK AND DOVE #1 $2.99
JUL110190 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 $2.99
JUL110237 MEN OF WAR #1 $3.99
JUL110235 OMAC #1 $2.99
JUL110240 STATIC SHOCK #1 $2.99
JUL110230 STORMWATCH #1 $2.99
JUL110224 SWAMP THING #1 $2.99
The week's worth of new DC #1s. The Action Comics effort is the big ticket item here, for the historical importance of the title's previous iteration and for writer Grant Morrison's involvement. Hawk And Dove is the one that sold well enough for people to suggest that maybe this New 52 thing from DC is an attempt to secure old Image generation comics fans the way that some of Marvel's efforts over the last 10 years brought fans of comics 1975-1985 back into the fold. I have to admit, I thought "Batwing" was a typo.

APR110228 ASTRO CITY LIFE IN THE BIG CITY HC NEW ED $29.99
APR110229 ASTRO CITY LIFE IN THE BIG CITY TP NEW ED $17.99
There has to be something intriguing to more and more companies releasing hardcovers and softcovers at the same time, but I'm not sure it applies to re-releases as much as it does to new ones. I have to imagine this is a perennial seller for the company, though.

JUN110346 CUBA MY REVOLUTION TP (MR) $17.99
A paperback version of the well-publicized book by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel, which I believe is a fictionalized account of a young woman whose experiences match Lockpez'.

JUN110730 OZ HC OZMA OF OZ $29.99
I'm told Marvel does surprisingly well with its non-superhero books aimed at the bookstore market, of which this one has been maybe the most high-profile in terms of awards attention.

JUL111109 AMERICUS GN $14.99
A book about a small-town young person's fight against library censorship seems to me like it would very much appeal to small-town librarians and feature-story writers, although maybe I have that totally wrong.

MAY111047 BIG QUESTIONS TP (MR) $44.95
A different version of Anders Nilsen's massive release -- a paperback whose price point starts at $25 cheaper. I think this is close enough to the hardcover drop to count as a simultaneous release, as discussed above.

JUN111172 GON GN KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99
I love this description of the series here: "Gon is a small dinosaur that has managed to survive extinction. He goes on fun adventures in a world of vibrant creatures and fauna. A unique manga told entirely without words, Gon features lush art depicting detailed beautiful environments." What I remember about the series in past iterations is that it seemed enormously cruel and violent in a way that would have greatly appealed to me as a child with a magnifying glass and too much time on my hands.

JUL111230 LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS NEW PTG $125.00
Well, yeah, you certainly want this if you don't have it. Not only magnificent comics but one of the more important efforts in this generation of reprint projects as well.

JUN111294 VELVETEEN & MANDALA GN $16.95
A Vertical book from cartoonist Jiro Matsumoto. Not all of the non-Tezuka Vertical efforts have found an audience, but this one seems violent and sex-filled enough to have a shot.

JUN111335 CATS DOGS MEN WOMEN NINNIES & CLOWNS $40.00
Unpublished William Steig. This fascinates me because while I have a desire to see more Steig, I'm not sure how he'll be served if these are ideas that weren't fully-realized or even intended for publication. So I do want to place hands on it before I order. If this is in your comics shop today, cherish that comics shop.

JUL111125 KISS & TELL ROMANTIC RESUME AGES 0-22 GN $15.99
I'm a little confused here, because I thought this Harper Perennial collection of MariNaomi's autobiographical work structured in a way you can infer from the title came out last Spring. You should pick it up and give it a look if it hits your shop today, regardless.

JUL110778 DO IT YOURSELF DOODLER SC (MR) $6.95
Previewed here. If I were clever, I'd write an appropriately upbeat sentence about some comics-related efforts due to arrive from flickr and tumblr efforts.

JUL110449 BIG LIE #1 $3.99
Profiled here. Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine use a fictional narrative as a vehicle to call into question elements of the 9/11 official narrative.

MAY110047 LITTLE LULU GIANT SIZE TP VOL 04 $24.99
Dark Horse's almost stealthy work reprinting the Stanley/Tripp Little Lulu work in multiple formats continues here.

JUL110985 FINDING FRANK AND HIS FRIEND GN $39.95
APR118175 FINDING FRANK AND HIS FRIEND GN $39.95
I have no idea why this has two completely different solicitations spaced just a couple of months apart, but I assume this is the high-concept look back at a strip that doesn't really exist that also came out in 2010 long enough to qualify for Eisner consideration.

MAY111079 LIKE A SNIPER LINING UP HIS SHOT HC $18.99
A sure thing, I'd imagine, another collaboration between pantheon-level cartoonist Jacques Tardi and the crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette, whose previous English-language release West Coast Blues impressed many when it came out a while back.

JUN110784 PS MAGAZINE BEST PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE MONTHLY HC $21.95
A very handsome book detailing the comics efforts employed by Will Eisner and his studio to teach our military men certain sound principles of operational upkeep. If like me you have a hard time reading a lot of these comics at once, this historically-grounded volume will soften that quite a bit with its contextual work.

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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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