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January 26, 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 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 look at them, ponder them, take out their corks and breathe in the life of them.

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NOV090208 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK FOUR #1 (OF 4) $3.99
NOV090845 WIZARDS TALE HC VOL 01 $24.99
A double-dose of writer Kurt Busiek, one a new comic book in cycle of like comic books, the other a stand-alone graphic novel reprint.

NOV090125 BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 $2.99
This is Grant Morrison with his Seaguy partner-in-sublime Cameron Stewart. It's weird to think that this series is already at a point where there are qualifications in terms of this run of issues and that run of issues, but welcome to modern comic book making 2010.

NOV090374 CHEW #8 (MR) $2.99
JUL090406 SWORD #21 (MR) $2.99
NOV090390 WALKING DEAD #69 (MR) $2.99
NOV090429 CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #6 (OF 6) $3.99
OCT090773 DIE HARD YEAR ONE #5 $3.99
These are some of the well-liked (by which I mean it's my impression they're well-liked after reading like 10,000 blogs and sites every week) serial comic books out there for sale. I don't exactly get why Chew is a hit, but it's a hit all right.

NOV090567 ALIAS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 02 $34.99
Solid Brian Bendis-written series from the earlier half of the '00s.

OCT090658 AFRODISIAC HC (MR) $14.95
Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca made something artful and interesting out of what could have been a chance to indulge less nuanced artistic impulses. It's an oblique treatment of a comic that never was.

DEC090839 DIRTY DISHES GN (MR) $14.95
This is another one of those petits livres mini art books that D&Q has been doing, this one from Amy Lockhart.

NOV090782 HOTWIRE GN VOL 03 $22.99
I had no idea this was coming out until two days ago. A boon for fans of a certain kind of energetic, restless, profane comic book making -- for the rest ofus it's an exquisitely curated, controlled visit to that particular comics world.

DEC091126 VERMONT MONSTER GUIDE $18.95
I think this is a Stephen Bissette-illustrated book that's already been released through other outlets last Fall but is now getting a chance to crack the comics market.

AUG090985 BAREFOOT GEN TP VOL 09 $14.95
AUG090986 BAREFOOT GEN TP VOL 10 $14.95
Together these make up the last 500 pages of Keiji Nakazawa's internationally popular tale of life as a boy during Hiroshima and its long, horrifying aftermath. A must for nearly every conception of a comics library.


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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, well I am just so sorry about that.

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