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May 22, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From 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. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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FEB191684 YELLOW YELLOW HC $15.95
This is early Mark Alan Stamaty -- maybe the first Mark Alan Stamaty. I'm not sure I knew it existed. I enjoyed the MacDoodle Street collection a lot and now want this very, very much. It looks great.

JAN190483 ELFEN LIED OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99
This was my younger brother's favorite manga series during that initial surge of books, and my younger brother rarely like anything. I remember it being very attractive and don't remember it having much of a series life between that initial publication and this one. I'm curious for all of those reasons, and would definitely pick it up at the comics shop and give it a once- or a twice- over.

imageFEB198787 GHOST TREE #1 2ND PTG $3.99
MAR190728 GHOST TREE #2 $3.99
MAR190479 ACTION COMICS #1011 $3.99
MAR198622 DIE DIE DIE #6 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
MAR198623 DIE DIE DIE #8 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
FEB190059 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 09 $16.99
The Ghost Tree is Simon Gane on art and I will buy anything Gane publishes. The Action Comics is in that new Bendis one and I think those are very comfortable, settled-in, confident funny books. Die Die Die gives you the look at the ordering patters of the latest Image hit, multiple printings galore. The East Of West is an Image series in its late-afternoon. I hope to see its conclusion.

FEB190603 SANDMAN TP VOL 08 WORLDS END 30TH ANNIV ED (MR) $19.99
Thirty years? Ye Gods.

MAR191359 WASHINGTON UNBOUND GN $14.95
* I haven't seen work from Jason Lex in a while, so would take a peek at this volume.

APR192020 WHITE SNAKE HC $16.95
This and the comic below were both from recent drops by TOON; this is the more standard fairy tale seeming one. I don't remember a page from my earlier reading, but that's just the way my mind works now.

APR192017 COMICS EASY AS ABC SC $9.99
Here's an Ivan Brunetti book on comics for young makers, and I'm all warm inside just considering the possibilities. Anything Ivan wants to do, I'm there.

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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 failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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