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January 16, 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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OCT181745 DOG MAN GN VOL 06 BRAWL OF THE WILD $9.99
I am not finding very many comics at all this week, but post-holiday and post-SDCC time slots are difficult for my specific reading tastes. Shoot me any suggestions I'm missing, particularly if they're obvious. In the meantime, it's certainly noteworthy when Dav Pilkey drops a book in one of his sales-juggernaut series. I get asked about these comics by kids of friends more than any other series.

MAR180562 LOST GIRLS HC EXPANDED ED (MR) $49.99
JUL180943 RICK VEITCH THE ONE HC $29.99
NOV181784 ETERNAUT HC (CURR PTG) $49.99
Three newer/different editions of solid to excellent graphic novels, the kind a serious colleciton might have in its library. I have no idea if there's been backlash against Lost Girls, though it seems a candidate for that kind of analysis. It's nice having Rick Veitch back, generally. The Eternaut is on my reading table as we speak.

NOV180199 WICKED & DIVINE #41 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
NOV180200 WICKED & DIVINE #41 CVR B GANUCHEAU (MR) $3.99
SEP180696 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #3 (OF 4) CVR A ALLRED $3.99
SEP180697 DICK TRACY DEAD OR ALIVE #3 (OF 4) CVR B TOMMASO $3.99
One recent sales and buzz stalwart and one project with a lot of interesting names attached. I think that's one away from the end for the Wicked & Divine gang. That's going to be a comic that comes up a lot 5-7 years from now with young mainstream and indy/genre creators.

MAY182059 KIRBY & LEE STUF SAID $24.95
I like the idea here -- a look at the creation of Marvel's 1960s comics based on the extensive on-the-record testimony and evidence-in-hand. It's all in the execution, of course.

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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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