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January 30, 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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NOV181499 CICADA HC PICTURE BOOK $19.99
In the admittedly terrifying model of the universe where what lies at the center of the galaxy is my gigantic, fat head and everything revolves around me, the direct market of comic book specialty retail exists to let me know when a new Shaun Tan book comes out and affords me t the opportunity to take a look at it before buy. Thank you, direct market of comic book specialty retail.

imageAPR170103 WISH TP $24.99
Okay, everything I just said, but about books from Clamp. Kidding aside, I find Clamp's comics very foundational and have no problem suggesting you buy one sight unseen at $25 if you're not familiar with the work already.

DEC181866 EIGHTBALL PUSSEY TP (CURR PTG) (MR) $12.95
SEP180286 NANJING TP THE BURNING CITY $14.99
SEP181316 IRON OR THE WAR AFTER GN $19.99
These seem to be this week's group of reissued books that are aimed at getting the work back on the stands instead of fostering an archival edition or to mark some special occasion. I like all of these book at least a little, I think. my memories of Nanjing are limited generally and what I remember about Iron from its Archaia publication was that it had some visual flair. Your mileage may vary, and so may mine six hours from now. I still love the Clowes, slightly more as a time capsule of a certain kind of alt-culture criticism of the mainstream companies (although the Groth and Spiegelman digs are still funny, too). There's probably some Bill Maher observation I can make right here, but fuck it.

SEP180757 STEVE CANYON HC VOL 09 1963-1964 $49.99
NOV181836 MIDWAY FROM PAGES OF COMBAT ONE SHOT GLANZMAN CVR $9.99
Two handsome gentlemen from the 1940s, one recognized as such in his day and one whose beauty became more apparent in retrospect. Previews is selling this era of Canyon as a tonic for the nation's loss of Kennedy, which I'm not sure tracks but will in the back of my brain when I read it for sure.

JUN180747 JAMES BROWN BLACK AND PROUD HC $24.99
JUN180729 SWORD OF AGES HC $24.99
Two books with which I'm completely unfamiliar. It may just be the material selected for preview material but the James Brown looks rote and clumsy. The Sword book looks kind of gorgeous, to be honest: the design choices, the linework and the coloring in particular. I know Gabriel Rodriguez mostly by reputation and Lovern Kindzierski by comics I read when I still lived with my Mom, but sheesh.

SEP181901 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 07 CASE FORKED ROAD $12.99
I buy everything related to John Allison and I will fight you if you try to make me stop.

NOV181936 HILO GN VOL 05 THEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG $13.99
This caught my eye because I like Winick and I'm really into artists doing long series in comic book or book form right now. If this isn't the last in the series I'm guess it's the next to last. Having worked everywhere, Winick is going to be the most entertaining convention nostalgia panelist 35 years from now.

JUN182014 SALAMMBO HC $39.99
Philippe Druillet interpreting Flaubert's novel about the Pict War! That sounds like a sophisticated night at the theater AND a gorgeous comic book. I'll settle for the latter.

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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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