March 13, 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.
JAN191420 NOBODYS FOOL LIFE & TIMES OF SCHLITZIE THE PINHEAD GN $24.99
DEC181851 COMPLETE CREPAX HC BOX SET VOL 03-04 SPELLS & PRIVATE LIFE $150.00
AUG181284 WILL EISNER SPIRIT CORPSE MAKERS HC SGN $39.99
JAN191562 PEANUTS TP LUCY SPEAKS OUT $9.99
JAN192175 COMICS OF RUTU MODAN SC $30.00
I couldn't find a whole lot right up my alley in terms of this week's comics. Bill Griffith's biography of Schlitzie The Pinhead is exactly the kind of thing I like to see and buy at the comics shop, though, so I'll be a pleased customer. I quite like the way the book looks. Ditto the third and fourth volume of the Fantagraphics Crepax works, one of those artists that has a primary, baseline appealing way of looking at the world. The Eisner is by Franco Francavilla. I'm not sure how much Spirit
not by Will Eisner I ever need to see, but if I must I hope it is as fun as this Francavilla no doubt will be. I don't particularly like those Peanuts
volumes, but it seems significantly cleaned up from a previous volume or two I've seen. I don't list a ton of academic works, but Rutu Modan is a fine cartoonist, well worthy of this kind of study.
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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