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June 12, 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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MAR191745 ANGOLA JANGA HC $39.99
D'Salete's previous book with Fantagraphics was lovely and the stories worked just out of step with more standard slave-narrative approaches to provide unique energy. I look forward to this new volume.

imageFEB190752 PENNY NICHOLS GN $19.99
MK Reed and Matt Wiegle is a formidable pairing, enough I'd certainly check out this volume in the shop.

MAR191177 BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 (MR) $29.99
MAR198811 BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 PHOTO CVR ED (MR) $29.99
It makes sense that there would be reprinting of the Boys material with the show coming out; it's not a bunch of comics I read at the time, which makes me wonder if there's a potential audience of people just catching up.

FEB190268 UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #7 CVR A BA $3.99
FEB190269 UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #7 CVR B BA $3.99
It also makes sense that there'd be more Umbrella Academy coming out, although apparently its film/TV version is going to be a long while.

APR190145 GUNNING FOR HITS #6 (MR) $3.99
This is the only comic-book format comic I pulled from this week's pile of same. I hope this is the beginning of a long run where Moritat marches through very genres, giving them a whirl. I think there are a lot of different kinds of artist in him.

DEC180406 ART OF TMNT HC $39.99
Sure. I don't know what this book entails, but I like the idea of it for a flip-through.

OCT180558 BATMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 07 $125.00
Similarly, I think may be past the age where I'm going to read everything and a likely casualty for my reading is Golden Age superhero material. I like the idea of it, though, and there were some fun artists on those characters back then.

AUG180824 BERKELEY BREATHED BLOOM COUNTY ARTIST ED HC $150.00
It's a Scott Dunbier + Scott Dunbier pet project team-up: his restoration of Berke Breathed's work for a current audience and his magnificent Artist's Edition. I have no idea what Breathed's work will look like in this format, but I'm interested in learning.

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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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