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October 9, 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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MAR191688 HANDBOOK TO LAZY PARENTING GN $12.95
All of the books I've read in this series have been amusing, even if I couldn't quite track them volume to volume. I'll definitely own one by Christmas, and probably have given one as a gift.

imageJUL192279 GINSENG ROOTS #1 $5.00
AUG190879 POWERS OF X #6 (OF 6) $5.99
AUG190768 USAGI YOJIMBO #5 CVR A SAKAI $3.99
AUG190512 EVENT LEVIATHAN #5 (OF 6) $3.99
Intersting comic-book format day. Ginseng Roots has already had an interesting pathway to publication, including fevered talk of orientalism evident in its creation. One thing that hasn't been covered as much is Thompson's desire to do serial comic-book style comics, which is interesting in that his Blankets was the first initial thrown bomb in the war of book format vs. comic book formats. Powers Of X ends the initial Jonathan Hickman written recalibration of Marvel's storied X-Men enterprise. I thought it very clever and in its action sequences appropriately thrilling. No idea where they go from here. I wish there were fewer variant covers. Usagi Yojimbo is always of interest, now and forever, and the comic-book form is its best form, I think. Event Leviathan reads like someone taking a bunch of toys -- in this case, DC's detective characters -- and putting them onto a newspaper placed on a table to see what we've got. I'm a sucker for talky things like this, though.

AUG191962 MAKER COMICS GN DRAW A COMIC $12.99
AUG191963 MAKER COMICS HC GN DRAW A COMIC $19.99
I would imagine a series of comics about making would have to have a pretty good comic-book making issue, and starting today I can stop imagining and start analyzing. I like how-to comics about comics and hope it goes well.

AUG191941 PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY HC VOL 07 1981-1985 $49.99
AUG191577 PHOEBE & HER UNICORN GN VOL 10 UNICORN WHISPERER $9.99
I love these Sunday full-color reprints of Peanuts, although the Sunday series seems smaller in retrospect, just fewer numbers overall. Dana Simpson's Phoebe series is at 10 volumes now, which is pretty great.

JUN190301 BALTIMORE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $34.99
JUL190826 JOHN BYRNES MARVEL CLASSICS ARTIFACT EDITION HC $125.00
Two reliable creator from the mainstream/genre side of comics. I am always interested in at least looking at anything with which Mike Mignola is involved. I used to feel that way about John Byrne, and still do with whatever overisized edition Scott Dunbier dreams. I will look at both!

JUN190332 RAIN HC VOL 01 $24.99
It's been such a strong year that a Bryan and Mary Talbot graphic novel is kind of just popping up as its own market force. I'm interested to seeing how they do.

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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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