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July 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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MAY190040 BAD WEEKEND HC (MR) $16.99
You could argue from the last few comics of which this two-issue story was the highlight, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the most vital creative team of this moment in comics. I had some dread about the Criminal creators doing a comics story, but I thought this was a bit lighter than I figured, and that was the right tone. As you might expect there are real cartoonist people and then a bunch of approximates. The comics creator lead is primarily Gil Kane in my opinion, but you can see other geniuses in there, too. I had fun.

MAR191273 STEVEN UNIVERSE ALL-IN-ONE ED HC $74.99
That is a lot of feels.

imageAPR191721 BLUBBER #5 (RES) (MR) $4.99
MAY190058 CRIMINAL #6 (MR) $3.99
MAY198155 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 (OF 12) 2ND PTG $4.99
APR191367 ZORRO MASTERS ALEX TOTH #1 MAIN CVR TOTH $3.99
You know, I don't think I've read Blubber although I know that this is weird out-there sex and violence stuff from a cartoonist who has worked similar ground in the past. The single issue of Criminal continues its fairly straight-forward serial story. Doomsday Clock has turned out to be a very, very odd comic book, and not a good one in any way I tend to recognize. I am, however, dying to see how it ends. And since it's summer, I'll recommend Toth doing Zorro. There's a limited edition that costs more money, so keep an eye out in case you prefer that presentation.

MAY190665 KITCHEN TABLE MAGAZINE $9.99
This is I think the comic-shop debut of Brett Warnock's food magazine and by now you know if you have to have it or you're confused. I remember liking it just fine, and I also remember it did get some regional penetration into food-related outlets. I'm fond of Brett; I hope he pursues whatever he would like.

MAY192005 DON HECK WORK OF ART HC NEW ED $14.99
I like that books like this exist, because I'm not sure every name artist of the 20th Century has done work that would be flattered by an elaborate treatment of those pages. I'd certainly take a peek.

MAY192004 WILL EISNER SPIRITED LIFE HC NEW PTG $19.99
This is the latest version of the Andelman book, which in its first-edition form I drove some attention its way. I don't know how much this has changed since then, or how much some of the other treatments of Eisner's life may have changed this particular book's context.

MAY191996 UPTON SINCLAIR THE JUNGLE GN $24.99
This latest version of what seems to me a project full of challenges comes from Kristina Gehrmann. I would pick it up and look it over until my retailer yelled at me.

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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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