January 9, 2019
This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market
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.
NOV181768 HOBO MOM HC $14.99
I don't know much about Charles Forsman and Max de Radigues as creative partners. I know that I should. I do remember that the latter did one of the better comics in Forsman's mail-order mini-comics business from a few years back, and that they share similar sensibilities. Forsman's higher profile should place this project in a few more laps, and as I like both comics-makers, I'm glad. I'm also always to put a name alt-effort at the top of a DM shipping list. It's rare these days.
OCT181812 AXE-MAN OF NEW ORLEANS SC $9.99
This is a softcover version of Rick Geary's under-appreciated true historical crime series. I love this price point for a book from Geary, as his work is one of the more dense narrative and visual information wise. I always find something to like in these.
OCT180733 LOEG TEMPEST #4 ONEILL CVR $4.99
NOV180021 CRIMINAL #1 (MR) $3.99
My comics pals and I have been talking about the use and utility of modern comic-book format comics, and it strikes me that the ones worth reading do have a sense of purpose serialization-wise. It may not be an easy default format for comics anymore. These are both fun book by thoughtful creators, and you'll want both in some format at some point.
AUG180760 COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD DICK TRACY HC VOL 25 $44.99
Dick Tracy is on my list of major work I enjoy but don't love. I get its visual power but even that feels like more flash than substance to me. It's always difficult for me to process a style or approach that I'm told is important but never all the way why. Still a great series, though and they're more fun to read in collected form than I remembered before they started doing this series.
OCT182131 INVITATION FROM A CRAB GN $12.95
This is one for which I have information going on, so I'd be dying to pick one up and hold it in a store. Sneaky-appealing title, too.
NOV181984 LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS GN $19.99
NOV181878 PHILIP K DICK A COMICS BIOGRAPHY HC $24.99
Biographies are almost all in the execution, and these are two worth subjects. Douglass in particular is fascinating, and comics would be a great place to establish mood and context in terms of that fascinating life. I enjoy Philip K. Dick without being totally taken with Philip K. Dick, and I'm not sure I have enough curiosity to get me through the book unless it itself is well done.
OCT181892 NOTHING NICE TO SAY GN (MR) $24.99
I never know how seriously to take claims of popularity for a webcomic, but I like punk memoirs, so I'd definitely take a peek.
OCT181861 TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS OMNIBUS GN $19.99
OCT181862 TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS OMNIBUS HC $29.99
Jessica Abel I see mostly as a kind of self-help, general-creativity and productivity guru. There is nothing wrong
with that; I can always use that kind of help! It's been a while since I've read her comic work, and I look forward to correcting that in the next few days.
OCT181585 WARREN TUFTS COMPLETE LANCE 1955-1960 HC $100.00
No idea for whom this book might appeal, but it is occasionally really gorgeous and was quite the popular offering of its time. Thanks god for libraries.
OCT181571 TIMELY CONFIDENTIAL WHEN GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS WAS YOUNG SC $39.95
This is Allan Belman's story, probably the final Golden Age creator to go through the whole discovery process whereby the artist learns that people are interested in this long-ago job of theirs. High end production is a hope here, so definitely god bless a comic shop that lets you see it.
JUL188260 STAN LEE STORY TASCHEN DLX ED $1500.00
Well, that's a price point. The interesting thing here is that Roy Thomas did the writing, and that's a person with the writing and personal experience to write an excellent book. I can't imagine a scenario under which I'll be able to read it, so I hope it's good. Nice to see the Leader get a little drive-to color on the cover≥
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.
posted 1:25 am PST
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