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January 17, 2018


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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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OCT171817 CRAZY QUILT SCRAPS & PANELS ON WAY TO GASOLINE ALLEY HC $70.00
This long-awaited Frank King pre-Gasoline Alley collection could be called "Unnamed Peter Maresca Project" and I bet a significant chunk of its audience would still be on board. King was an amazing cartoonist, and Peter's an amazing publisher.

imageSEP170482 LIGHTS OF THE AMALOU TP $39.99
SEP170040 SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC $19.99
OCT170530 FOUR WOMEN TP $17.99
AUG170497 GENE COLAN TOMB OF DRACULA ARTIST ED HC $125.00
OCT170376 SUPER POWERS BY JACK KIRBY TP $39.99
That is just a great line-up of artists: Wendling, Corben, Kieth, Colan, Kirby. It's hard for me to imagine a scenario where any of these books disappoints a reader, although I'm least familiar with the Wendling as a specific project.

OCT170201 DAMAGE #1 $2.99
NOV170530 ASSASSINISTAS #2 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
NOV170531 ASSASSINISTAS #2 CVR B MCGEE (MR) $3.99
Not a lot in the traditional comic book format, so this is the day I'd look at one of the new DC drawers-up-front imprint or the Gilbert Hernandez-involved series from another new imprint. Why not?

NOV170690 KILL OR BE KILLED #15 (MR) $3.99
NOV170691 KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99
The best single-issue of the week is the new Brubaker/Phillips comic, which also has its latest trade out. I've been enjoying the Sean Phillispi

AUG171347 COMPLETE OKKO TP $39.99
I enjoyed specific cycles of this series when it was a big hitter for Archaia. I remember it being tightly drawn and sharply told, as much action-adventure work isn't really my thing.

NOV171665 EC FELDSTEIN KRIGSTEIN BRADBURY MASTER RACE HC $29.99
Yikes, what names. Krigstein in particular seems always worth reding

NOV172155 FANCY POP DESIGN SC $49.95
I don't see a whole lot of design books from the perspective of a comics publisher or comics maker, so maybe this book is that. This is an aces thing to be able to check out in the comic book store before dying.

NOV171749 FIFTY FREAKIN YEARS OF FREAK BROTHERS TP (KNOCKABOUT) (RES) $12.99
All hail the Freak Bros, and all hail the great Gilbert Shelton.

SEP171324 GIANT DAYS NOT ON THE TEST EDITION HC VOL 02 $34.99
I've been buying these in serial comic form which I didn't think would be as difficult as it has been. These creators are really killing it.

NOV171215 MUTTS SPRING DIARIES TP $9.99
In a week of great artists, Patrick McDonnell deserves a place in their company. If you hadn't read one in a while, the art just rips into you.

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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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