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July 31, 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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JUN191749 NIB SCAMS $14.95
I believe this is the last printed volume they're doing with First Look Media. I hope you will avail yourself of The Nib as it moves into self-publishing. I thought the issue was pretty fun.

imageMAY191680 BAD GATEWAY HC MEGG & MOGG (MR) $29.99
NOV180527 AUTHORITY OMNIBUS HC $99.99
MAY191686 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 19 1973-1974 $34.99
MAR191913 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 08 CASE OF MODERN MEN $12.99
MAY192047 CARTOON GUIDE TO BIOLOGY GN $19.99
That's a strong set of books for the things-with-spines buyers among us. Simon Hanselmann continues his long march into late-period alt-comic superstardom with another strong and sizable book. Authority is a key to under 1990s superhero comics in a way that informs the titles of right now as well. I remain very fond of Prince Valiant, and started reading the strip with those in this run. I look at every Bad Machinery publication, and hey, lookee there, a "Cartoon Dude." That's a spread, all right.

MAY190703 POWERS OF X #1 (OF 6) $5.99
More ponderous X-Men comics for relapsed fans like me. Some story movement was these book was inevitable, and the first publication (sporting a different title) was memorable.

JAN190845 ENOLA HOLMES CASE OF LEFTHANDED LADY HC $14.99
I don't know this series, although I read a lot of Nancy Springer books ass a kid: so all respect.

MAY190603 ENEMY OF PEOPLE TP CARTOONISTS JOURNEY $24.99
This is Rob Rogers book of the work he was doing in the course of losing his job for too much attention paid the current president. Yeah, I don't know how that's a disqualifying principle either.

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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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