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February 15, 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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OCT100041 FINDER GN VOL 01 VOICE $19.99
The first Dark Horse release from the long-time self-published property, one has to imagine that in addition to getting a bunch of more of the series attractive science fiction work this one is notable in terms of seeing if that deal really leads to greater exposure for that work.

SEP100112 HEART TRANSPLANT LTD ED HC $99.99
I'm certain there is a regular-market edition of this anti-bullying tome out there even though it's not listed as coming out this week. Perhaps it's already out. I think I'd be way more interested in the cheaper version than in this one, but not everyone is me.

NOV100045 TARZAN THE JESSE MARSH YEARS HC VOL 08 $49.99
I'm quite fond of this series of hardcovers featuring the lovely art of Jesse Marsh on top-five 20th Century pop-culture icon Tarzan. I really like looking at the art. That's a panel at the bottom of his post.

DEC100417 PLANE STORY TP $19.99
I'd like to see this coming of age story set in the 1970s commercial art world, although the effect that its description in the solicitation copy as "Mad Men meets A Contract With God" frightened me more than it intrigued me.

DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE TP $9.99
Similar to the Finder work, the sales figures here are of some interest. That's a great price point, and there's been some juice for the serialized comic books.

SEP100687 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC $74.99
Marvel saved at least one of its very late archival efforts from last week for this one. This is all the late-period Mad Bomb era material that most serious, young, bearded comics fans of the 1970s severely disliked but has only grown in reputation since. I'm not certain you can't buy these individual comics for that amount, but it's nice to have a fancy hardcover edition of some things, too.

NOV108215 ALEX TOTH ADVENTURES JON FURY IN JAPAN SPECIAL ED $11.00
NOV101001 JOE KUBERT READER TP $25.00
There are about two-dozen names that generate multiple projects that can get one to pick up and least check out any publication in question, and these are certainly two of them.

DEC100965 UPTIGHT #4 (RES) $3.95
Jordan Crane's entry into the "Last Alt-Comic Standing" sweepstakes is as gorgeous and affecting as past issues, and I can't imagine any fan of those kinds of works not wanting to at least try it out. (image above)

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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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