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May 29, 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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NOV181009 KIRBY IS FANTASTIC HC KING SIZE $100.00
A well-selected anthology of the world's greatest comics magazine. I'd like for this come down a bit over time, but I'd certainly gift that collection of comics if the production is up to snuff. It's hilarious sad how much of a Kirby fiend I still am, going back to being four years old.

JAN190472 PROS AND (COMIC) CONS TP $19.99
I'm not a big fan of books that make charming anecdotes out of recent cultural history, but I think the swell of comics shows is a legitimately interesting of-the-moment thing, so I'm on board for at least a sneaked shop read.

imageMAR190555 WILD STORM #23 $3.99
MAR190344 HELLBOY VS LOBSTER JOHNSON RING OF DEATH $3.99
MAR190928 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 (OF 2) $5.99
MAR190929 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 (OF 2) PISKOR CORNER BOX VA $5.99
MAR190930 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 (OF 2) PISKOR VAR $5.99
Ellis, Mignola-verse and Ed Piskor. That is some quirky high-quality creatorship going on there.

FEB190743 FOUR SISTERS TP VOL 02 HORTENSE $19.99
DEC180795 LIFE ON THE MOON HC $39.99
The first is a well-crafted domestic drama. It did seem to be solidly into standard narrative solutions, but one thing that's fun is that it's really dense story-wise, there's a lot of comics to read here. The Life On The Moon pops for me because of its fantastic hoax subject matter, more than enough to get me to look in the store.

FEB191769 ALL TIME COMICS SEASON ONE TP $24.99
MAR192329 CHI SWEET ADVENTURES GN VOL 04 $11.95
MAR191386 GOON BUNCH OF OLD CRAP TP VOL 01 $29.99
MAR191929 COMIC SHOP RETAIL MAVERICKS WHO GAVE US NEW GEEK CULTURE $17.95
Four random collections, all of which I'd check out. The All Time stuff seems to me might play differently collected; lot of interesting artists there in general. The Chi material I enjoy and while this one talks about a return I'd probably have to look at it and even look around on-line a bit before knowing what I'm getting here. That's a funny title on the Goon material, a bunch of stuff I hope to enjoy one day. It always looks nice, and its creators is a funny person. The last is a softcover edition of Dan Gearino's highly entertaining walk through the idiosyncrasies of North American comics retail, that will be an absolute document of key industry figures 20 years from now.

APR191749 THIS WAS OUR PACT GN $14.99
I don't know anything about it to particularly recommend this First Second volume, but there's a level of craft with all the high-end books from such publishers that you have to check them out. I like the title.

MAR192060 LARRY HAMA CONVERSATIONS SC $25.00
Pure curiosity. I would read a bunch of pages from Larry Hama, but I'm not sure the things I find interesting would be represented in the kind of interview that tend to get published with a creator like that. I hope the new TCJ tackles Hama, actually. I'd certainly look at this book, though.

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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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