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April 26, 2017


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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MAR171735 HOSTAGE HC (MR) $29.95
This is Guy Delisle's latest a shift from his politically inform travelogues into a bit of straight reportage on one person's experience being kidnapped while working for a charitable organization. it is equal parts fascinating and harrowing, and it builds its specific tone out of Delisle's skill with the fundaments of cartooning. I enjoyed it a lot.

imageJAN171778 CRICKETS #6 (MR) (C: 0-1-2) $8.00
FEB170032 LOBSTER JOHNSON PIRATES GHOST #2 $3.99
FEB170037 VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #3 (OF 5) $3.99
FEB170457 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS #6 (OF 6) $3.99
MAR160556 BITCH PLANET #10 (MR) $3.99
FEB170581 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #5 (MR) $3.99
FEB170657 KILL OR BE KILLED #8 (MR) $3.99
FEB170894 BLACK PANTHER #13 $3.99
A lot of books out this week that I'm interested in owning, including a nice group of serial-format comic books of one type or another. There's two up top from the Mignola-verse, including the one drawn by the great Paul Grist (Visitor). IDW's re-serialization of Comic Book History of Comics continues. A strong run of Image Comics includes the latest Bitch Planet, the most recent comic from that dour Jonathan Nickman illumnati-noir, and the latest from Brubaker/Phillips team. I'm still interested in the Black Panther series as a riff on the Marvel house formula of the 1990s structure and tone wise.

JAN170631 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 10 DAN DUNN SECRET OPERATIVE 48 $29.99
JAN170632 STAR HAWKS HC VOL 01 $39.99
It is a wondrous thing two such relatively obscure comics have big books coming out and how we don't even question how much of a miracle this is. The Star Hawks in particular might read far different all at one.

MAR171736 ONE HUNDRED DEMONS HC $21.95
JAN171110 BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 NO MORE SECRETS $17.99
FEB171163 PEARLS BEFORE SWINE TP PEARLS HOGS THE ROAD (C: 0-1-0) $18.99
FEB170714 STREET ANGEL AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPEC HC $19.99
NOV160072 WB DUBAYS THE ROOK ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) $19.99
It's a strong week for collection/reprints. If you don't own the Lynda Barry book, you should; it's one of her bests and she's a colossal figure in North American Cartooning. I like Chris Samnee's art on the Black Widow comic; I think leaves with us one book to go. Stephan Pastis is on tour behind this latest book and someone smart in your family or friends reads it without you knowing. Jim Rugg has the skill to take your breath away every time out. The Rook Archives collects comics on the newsstand when I was a kid that slightly frightened me. Someday I'll read them again.

JAN170576 HER BARK & HER BITE TP $9.99
This is a new short book from an illustrator turned comics maker. I like the price point, and I like the book's general tone and look -- halfway between Eleanor Davis and Brecht Evans. I'm hopefully interviewing the artist this week or next.

DEC161682 DRAW OF SPORT HC MURRAY OLDERMAN (C: 0-1-2) $24.99
This is a delightful book of sports cartoons contextualizing their purpose and the time each was done. Great voice in both the cartooning and prose from its author, and a bunch of wonderful stories and sportsman are profile. A love letter from a different time in the world of cartooning.

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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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