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March 24, 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 up the following and look them over, causing private investors to risk very little in supporting the buying up of my bad comics choices.

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JAN090109 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #5 (OF 6) $2.99
JAN090103 USAGI YOJIMBO #119 $3.50
JAN098011 PLANETARY #1 SPECIAL EDITION $1.00
JAN090271 TOP 10 SPECIAL #1 $2.99
JAN092503 DAREDEVIL #117 $2.99
JAN092483 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #127 DKR $2.99
Your well-regarded, action-adventure comic book battery of the week.

JAN092512 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #24 $2.99
Is this the last one? Something makes me think this is the last one, and I can't remember what that something is.

FEB094254 A DRIFTING LIFE TP (MR) $29.95
I like the muppets and everything, but this is the release of the week: Yoshihiro Tatsumi's intimate memoir of his relationship to comics art. I love we're at a point right now in comics publishing history where something like this gets published. Since I was unable to find a flat image of the cover, you should go take a look of it on your own.

OCT084116 CECIL & JORDAN IN NEW YORK HC $19.95
A collection of Gabrielle Bell's interesting short-story work, including the story adapted by Michel Gondry as his contribution to the anthology film Tokyo!.

JAN094069 MUPPET SHOW #1 (OF 4) $2.99
Roger Langridge deserves a hit book like Richard Jenkins deserved that Academy Award nomination. I know without seeing it that it will be lovely.

JAN094534 TEZUKAS BLACK JACK TP VOL 04 $16.95
Hey, here's another one of these if you like these. Me, I'm not so sure anymore.

FEB094601 SECRET IDENTITY FETISH ART OF JOE SHUSTER HC (MR) $24.95
Craig Yoe's journey into the cash-strapped work offerings of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster sells itself -- or doesn't -- on concept alone.

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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, I blame my lack of MVP consideration.

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Update: Adrian Tomine sent me a cover for A Drifting Life. Isn't it nice?

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