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January 2, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into 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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OCT181699 INK & ANGUISH TP JAY LYNCH ANTHOLOGY $39.99
A stand-alone volume of great comics from the late Jay Lynch brought to our attention by fellow creator and fan Ed Piskor and the great writer of underground comics history Patrick Rosenkranz sounds like a first-class aces project to me. I know some people avoid older work but I've never thought comics best flattered by meeting it at the tip of its spear point. It may be fun to read that way, but comics itself always has a variety of temporal entry points.

imageOCT181769 CHANCELLOR AND THE CITADEL GN $15.00
SEP181702 VAGABOND VALISE (MR) $25.00
OCT181721 IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR WEST GN $25.00
What distinguishes this week and then next few in comics shopping is that the bulk of winter has its own books on offer AND you see about a half-dozen quality works that just didn't make it out in the Fall. The first listed here is one of those metaphor heavy, idiosyncratically drawn, unsettling fantasies of the moment. I remember liking it when I read a copy. Vagabond Valise is a coming-of-age story told with anthropomorphics and is a prize winner from last year's festival circuit. It looks great, and I'm not familiar with the artist's work. I have no idea what the third work listed concerns or if it's any good, but I would totally check one out in the comics shop -- one of the points of this article.

NOV181348 GIANT DAYS #46 $3.99
NOV180230 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #12 $3.99
AUG180371 BPRD HELL ON EARTH HC VOL 04 $34.99
NOV180197 WALKING DEAD #187 (MR) $3.99
A modest handful of comic-book comics that make my purchasing Mendoza Line this time out. I will always buy everything John Allison does, Giant Days is in for me. I'm a collector of the BPRD material in serial form, although most people prefer the trades and I totally get it. Walking Dead is in the midst of its non-woke suburb plotline. We'll do the best we can to serve you.

OCT182076 20TH CENTURY BOYS TP VOL 02 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
SEP181858 BAREFOOT GEN GN VOL 03 (CURR PTG) (MR) $16.95
You want both of these series in at least some form, so check out these latest volumes in the most recent iterations. Barefoot Gen still slaughters me, particularly when our hero is carrying around a family members remains in a bucket.

AUG189233 ONE DIRTY TREE GN $19.95
If this is Noah Van Sciver's memoir of growing up poor in a big Mormon family iin New Jersey finally making it to the DM after a nice festival run, many of you will want to know about it. I like this book a lot.

OCT181700 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 18 1971-1972 $34.99
SEP181683 RASL COLOR ED TP VOL 03 (OF 3) FIRE OF ST GEORGE (MR) $12.99
Another pair of loving re-releases. Those RASL books snuck up on me and I hope they have some market penetration over time moving forward.

SEP181992 WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE COMP HISTORY HC $200.00
I don't like all the Taschen books, but this seems to me a splendid subject for one of them.

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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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