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September 28, 2010


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 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. But if I were anywhere near a comic shop, I would walk inside and demand the comics that read like the comics they're supposed to be.

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FEB100232 ABSOLUTE PROMETHEA HC VOL 02 $99.99
If this marriage of super-pretty superhero comics essay art and DC's best format for showing off the work of their best illustrative talent had a wedding, I would sneak in and sit in the back and look at all the gorgeous everything. I think there's a third to come.

MAY100405 BARNEY GOOGLE HC $39.99
Barney Google is a soft area in my comics reading, as I've flipped through one stack of Xeroxed tear-sheets and whatever Bill Blackbeard's provided over the years. It's a wonderfully drawn strip, and certainly appealed to the readership of its day, so I'm looking forward to diving in.

JUL101243 AL JAFFEE MAD LIFE SC $27.99
After you finish reading it the first time, don't forget to fold this new autobiography into joined thirds to reveal all the dirt on Jaffee's life. Okay, not really.

JUN100454 CHEW #14 (MR) $2.99
JUL100563 CAPTAIN AMERICA #610 $3.99
JUL100653 CASANOVA #3 (MR) $3.99
Three well-liked mainstream comics efforts, including surprise hit of the last 18 months, Chew. I haven't seen the Casanova reprints yet, but the full-color pages I've seen here and there sure look attractive.

AUG101041 ALLEN GINSBERG HOWL GN $19.99
Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg is an underrated comics writer/artist team-up.

JUL100862 DIE HARD YEAR ONE TP VOL 01 $12.99
A softcover of the Howard Chaykin-written tales of Bruce Willis' terrorist-shooting lawman in his uniformed-cop days. I know nothing about it, but I'd sure pick this one up to look at it if I were in a comics shop today.

JUL101130 HETALIA AXIS POWERS GN VOL 01 (OF 3) (MR) $10.99
JUN101148 7 BILLION NEEDLES GN VOL 01 $10.95
The high-concept, super-publicized new manga series and another solid and slightly quirky effort from the reinvigorated Vertical. I wouldn't possibly dare tell you which one you should be reading.

AUG100739 HEREVILLE HOW MIRKA GOT HER SWORD HC $15.95
There aren't a ton of higher-end independent comics aimed at kids, but this one looks pretty good.

JUL101012 YOULL NEVER KNOW HC VOL 02 COLLATERAL DAMAGE $24.99
Your book of the week. I still think this is something that will read 10X better in one volume as opposed to these three serialized books, but wanting to get a book out when its subjects can still read and enjoy it is of course an admirable thing. Plus I'm disenfranchised when it comes to that particular vote. The scary thing is, these books are already stupendous. This new Carol Tyler supposedly has within its pages one of the 100 best comics of the 20th Century, and I practically guarantee you it won't be out of place.

JUN100080 BETTIE PAGE GIRL NEXT DOOR STAR LUCKY CHARM $22.99
JUN100083 BETTIE PAGE GIRLE REVUE WOMENS T/S LG $24.99
JUN100082 BETTIE PAGE GIRLE REVUE WOMENS T/S MED $24.99
JUN100081 BETTIE PAGE GIRLE REVUE WOMENS T/S SM $24.99
JUN100084 BETTIE PAGE GIRLE REVUE WOMENS T/S XL $24.99
MAY100064 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD BELT BUCKLE $19.99
MAY100065 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
MAY100074 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD KEYCHAIN $12.00
MAY100071 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD MENS T/S LG $21.99
MAY100070 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD MENS T/S MED $21.99
MAY100072 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD MENS T/S XL $21.99
MAY100073 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD MENS T/S XXL $22.99
MAY100075 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD PERSONAL CASE $27.99
MAY100068 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD WOMENS T/S LG $24.99
MAY100067 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD WOMENS T/S MED $24.99
MAY100066 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD WOMENS T/S SM $24.99
MAY100069 BETTIE PAGE GREEN LEOPARD WOMENS T/S XL $24.99
MAY100076 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
MAY100077 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT HEART COMPACT $19.99
MAY100078 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT KEYCHAIN $12.00
MAY100085 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT MENS T/S LG $21.99
MAY100084 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT MENS T/S MED $21.99
MAY100087 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT MENS T/S XXL $22.99
MAY100079 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT SMALL CASE $22.99
MAY100082 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT WOMENS T/S LG $24.99
MAY100081 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT WOMENS T/S MED $24.99
MAY100080 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT WOMENS T/S SM $24.99
MAY100083 BETTIE PAGE JUNGLE NIGHT WOMENS T/S XL $24.99
JUN100085 BETTIE PAGE LOVE BETTIE CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
JUN100086 BETTIE PAGE LOVE BETTIE HEART COMPACT $19.99
JUN100087 BETTIE PAGE LOVE BETTIE HEART LUCKY CHARM $22.99
JUN100088 BETTIE PAGE LOVE BETTIE TABLET NECKLACE $22.99
JUN100089 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
JUN100094 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO HEART COMPACT $19.99
JUN100095 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO HEART LUCKY CHARM $22.99
JUN100098 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO HEART REVUE FRAME $29.99
JUN100096 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO KEYCHAIN $12.00
JUN100097 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO PERSONAL CASE $27.99
JUN100099 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO SMALL CASE $22.99
JUN100100 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO TABLET NECKLACE $22.99
JUN100092 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO WOMENS T/S LG $24.99
JUN100091 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO WOMENS T/S MED $24.99
JUN100090 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO WOMENS T/S SM $24.99
JUN100093 BETTIE PAGE PEEK A BOO WOMENS T/S XL $24.99
JUN100101 BETTIE PAGE PEEP SHOW CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
MAY100088 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS CIGARETTE CASE $29.99
MAY100097 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS HEART COMPACT $19.99
MAY100098 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS KEYCHAIN $12.00
MAY100094 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS MENS T/S LG $21.99
MAY100093 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS MENS T/S MED $21.99
MAY100096 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS MENS T/S XXL $22.99
MAY100099 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS SMALL CASE $22.99
MAY100090 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS WOMENS T/S MED $24.99
MAY100089 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS WOMENS T/S SM $24.99
MAY100092 BETTIE PAGE SAHARA SANDS WOMENS T/S XL $24.99
It's comics, Jake.

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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, that's because I was too distracted thinking of old friends.

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