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October 27, 2009


This Isn't A Library: New And 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 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. But were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would take them all and build a little comics fort out of them, demanding of the proprietor sandwiches of mayonnaise and Buddig ham on white bread be brought to my castle.

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AUG090468 FANTASTIC FOUR #572 $2.99
This is the superhero comic of this exact moment in time.

AUG090475 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #137 $2.99
AUG090012 ABE SAPIEN ONE SHOT (OSW) $3.50
AUG090030 GROO HOGS OF HORDER #1 (OF 4) $3.99
Here are a few more mainstream comic-book comics sporting a halfway decent pedigree.

MAY090566 MMW ATLAS ERA MENACE HC VOL 01 $59.99
I would buy these odd collections of Atlas material had I the money to do so. I'd love to take a look at one, but I don't have a nearby comic shop, either. Man, this is depressing.

JUL090645 ROCKPOOL FILES GN $6.95
A collection of Glenn Dakin and Phil Elliott strips, which makes this the out of left field surprise publication of the week.

SEP091066 1000 COMIC BOOKS YOU MUST READ HC $29.99
This is Tony Isabella's book, I believe, and it's his take on exactly what the title would have you think it covers.

JUL090984 FAT FREDDYS CAT OMNIBUS (MR) $29.99
SEP090805 KEY MOMENTS FROM THE HISTORY OF COMICS SC (MR) $10.00
SEP090806 MAP OF MY HEART GN (MR) $24.95
JUL090848 RED SNOW HC (MR) $24.95
These don't really belong together in any significant way, but I wanted to bundle them closely because as far as I can tell they're the four best books out this month. The Fat Freddys Cat Omnibus features material that's not exactly form-expanding, but there's a lot of fine cartooning there and having it all in one place will be nice. The Ayroles Key Moments book also feature a ton of clever, funny material. The Drawn and Quarterly books pretty much encompass a lot of what makes that company great. Susumu Katsumata's collection of short stories is the latest step in the publisher's ongoing efforts to release classic gekiga cartoonists to an increasingly sophisticated manga audience. The belle of the ball this week, however, is the latest John Porcellino effort Map Of My Heart. He's a great cartoonist, and we're lucky to have him. All in all, this is one of those weekends you might end up paying $100 for your library as opposed to $30 for your longbox.

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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 didn't list your comic here, it may or may not exist.

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August 25, 2009


This Isn't A Library: New And 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 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. But were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would more than likely pick them up and hide some throughout the shop for purchase during this December's No Comics Wednesday.

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JUN090324 KING CITY #1 $2.99
The first issue of Brandon Graham's comic as reclaimed from its Tokyopop-induced limbo, and a fine check-me-out issue if you've wondered after him as a cartoonist.

JUL090986 LITTLE FLUFFY GIGOLO PELU TP VOL 01 (A) $17.95
I have no idea of the background on this one, but I think it's Junko Mizuno and that's good enough for me.

JUN090910 COLOR EARTH GN VOL 03 COLOR OF HEAVEN $16.99
The last of Dong Hwa Kim trilogy of stories about a young girl becoming a woman, the intimacy of the relationship she shares with her mother, and how flat-out naughty everything in nature is.

MAY090750 MUPPET SHOW TP $9.99
JUN090788 MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON #2 (OF 4) $2.99
That's a consumer-friendly price point for a collection of the first four Roger Langridge Muppets comic, and you can also follow along with the current serialization if you want. Win-win.

FEB090061 GANTZ TP VOL 06 (MR) $12.95
The only manga series I've heard of with a new volume out this week.

JUN090667 CEREBUS ARCHIVE #3 $3.00
This is like digging through Dave Sim's studio desk drawers.

JUN090146 BATMAN AND ROBIN #3 $2.99
Morrison and Quitely, rhymes with delight-ly; to be Morrison and a talented artist whose name I can't remember as of next issue.

JUN090143 BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #1 (OF 6) $3.99
This was going to be called Batman: We've Run Out Of Titles until the weekly scrabble game in Paul Levitz's office.

JUN098460 WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 (OF 12) 2ND PTG $3.99
JUN098461 WEDNESDAY COMICS #2 (OF 12) 2ND PTG $3.99
JUN090142 WEDNESDAY COMICS #8 (OF 12) $3.99
Still not sure I'm ready to make a $50 commitment, but it's nice to know I'll have that option.

JUN090039 USAGI YOJIMBO #122 $3.50
JUN098217 CAPTAIN AMERICA #601 2ND PTG COLAN VAR $3.99
JUN090539 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #133 $2.99
Random mainstream or sort-of mainstream series issues, of at least reasonably high repute.

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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 didn't list your comic, it's because I was busy planning my two week vacation away from comic books in late December/early January.

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November 18, 2008


This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases To The Comics Direct Market

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Here are the books that jump out at me from this week's probably mostly 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 -- but were I in a comic book shop tomorrow I would likely pick up the following and look them over, and as a result, my retailer might put in for a government bail-out.

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SEP080042 GOON #30 $2.99
Thirty?

SEP080194 EX MACHINA #39 (RES) (MR) $2.99
Thirty-nine?

AUG080231 HELLBLAZER #249 (MR) $2.99
Oh, never mind.

JUL080159 JACK KIRBYS THE DEMON OMNIBUS HC $49.99
I'm not sure that $50 judiciously spent wouldn't get you the whole series in comic book form, but I enjoy those comics very much so I'm not going to quibble. It's sort of like The Demon doesn't have any of the quantifiable things that other series of that period offer -- it's not thematically ambitious, it's not the best written, it's not the most visually splendid -- but it's Kirby at that point in his career where if he stood up too quickly a planet fell out of his pocket, and that's more than enough.

SEP088005 SPIRIT SPECIAL #1 $2.99
This is the book that retailers asked for to give to anyone that might ask about the forthcoming Frank Miller Spirit movie, so it will be interesting if it does well. Believe it or not, a low-cost book that retailers can put in someone's hands like this is a rare thing in comics.

SEP083987 SKITZY HC $19.95
The "Whoa, are you serious?" entry of the month -- apparently a reprint of the 1950s comics story by book illustrator Don Freeman.

SEP082465 ESSENTIAL MARVEL SAGA TP VOL 02 $16.99
Seriously?

AUG071974 YOUNGBLOOD HC VOL 01 $34.99
I guess so.

SEP083754 FREAKANGELS HC VOL 01 (MR) $27.99
This is the print edition of the Warren Ellis webcomic. Ellis is maybe uniquely poised to take advantage of the full power of on-line marketing, so it should be interesting to see how well this does. I assume very well.

SEP084030 FUZZ AND PLUCK SPLITSVILLE HC $24.99
Ted Stearn's oddball sort-of adventure comic may be the last of its type we'll ever see. I almost can't imagine anything this weird and almost doggedly anti-commercial being published in serial form and then collected in the old-fashioned manner. I quite liked it.

AUG084107 ISADORA DUNCAN GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY HC $18.95
This is another one of those graphic novels of the kind that book publishers seem to really get behind.

JUL083998 LAGOON HC $14.99
Lilli Carre's version of the Peter Lawford of the Classic Monsters set, the Creature of the Black Lagoon, takes on as its recurring thematic element the comforts of sound. That isn't something you see a lot of cartoonists engage.

JUL083999 PETEY & PUSSY HC $19.99
If art comics had ended up being built on the model of MAD instead of the springing out of the single cartoonist-focused aspect of the undergrounds, John Kerschbaum would be one of the potent heavy-hitters of whatever the biggest hit magazine there was right now. His comics are the kind of funny that makes me uncomfortable.

AUG083893 LEONARD STARRS MARY PERKINS ON STAGE TP VOL 05 $24.95
AUG083894 STAN DRAKE HEART JULIET JONES TP VOL 01 $24.95
Hello, gorgeous.

SEP084091 STANS SOAPBOX THE COLLECTION TP $14.99
You know you want it.

JAN088699 SWALLOW ME WHOLE $14.95
JUL084290 SWALLOW ME WHOLE $14.95
I don't know which one is the Nate Powell book from Top Shelf, or if both codes work, but it's a compelling book by an interesting talent just now beginning to do longer work of this type.

JAN088700 VEEPS HC $19.95
JUL084291 VEEPS HC (MR) $19.95
The other Top Shelf project of interest, this is a rare foray for that publisher into something other than comics, in this case illustrated non-fiction.

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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.

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 and probably a bit high, 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.

If I didn't list your comic, it's because the voices in my head told me not to. Voices that all sound like Jim Backus.

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