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August 24, 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 grab basket and red cloak and skip my way to four-color heaven.

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APR100040 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 24 SPACE DOLLY & OTHER STORIES $14.99
But after "Space Dolly," will any other story really satisfy?

FEB101008 DANGER GIRL DLX ED HC $50.00
This is like seeing a once-powerful baseball player advertised for the local card show. A ballplayer you never, ever liked, not even for a second, but still.

JUN100391 GUARDING THE GLOBE #1 (OF 6) $3.50
JUN100572 CAPTAIN AMERICA #609 $3.99
APR100461 INVINCIBLE #74 (MR) $2.99
JUN100872 MUPPET SHOW #9 $2.99
A little parcel of mainstream comic book in familiar genres from the usual group of well-admired creators. There's also a Muppet Show trade out this week.

APR100966 NORMAN PETTINGHILL BACKWOODS HUMORIST HC $39.99
The strangest and perhaps greatest book I saw at last month's Comic-Con International. It's like it was art designed by a tree full of elves that don't quite get human publications.

JUN101076 A D NEW ORLEANS AFTER DELUGE SC $16.95
I wonder why this is coming out now? Oh, yeah.

JUN100707 CEREBUS HC VOL 02 ALTA SOCIEDAD SPANISH ED $40.00
I had no idea these existed. Or if it's just this volume, "this existed."

APR100396 ARCHIE CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMICS HC VOL 01 $39.99
Bob Montana! Comics I've never seen before! Comics I've never seen before by Bob Montana!

JUN101147 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 02 $13.95
I'm not sure about the price point, but I enjoyed the first volume in that way you could see people that aren't you liking it, if that makes any sense.

MAY101019 COMPLETE PEANUTS BOX SET 1975-1978 $49.99
MAY101018 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 14 1977-1978 $28.99

I thought the latest volume was really strong, full of odd Peppermint Patty stories and a lot more bold and confident than I remember the strip at the time. Plus the Alec Baldwin intro was pretty good, too.

Update: Some of the comics coming out this week you won't get to see until next week because something broke down.

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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'm more interested in CR as another vehicle for people to interact with corporate properties than I am in actually doing anything with comics.

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