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January 31, 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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OCT171595 BATTLE OF CHURUBUSCO GN US REBELS MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR $22.99
I have no idea what this is, but that's fascinating subject matter for any kin of comics exploration -- the mid-19th Century in Mexico could sustain entire careers, and sort of has. It looks super pretty, too. I want to hold it.

SEP170068 MATT WAGNER GRENDEL TALES OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $24.99
One of the artists I read early on in my transformation from spinner-rack to comic book store, Matt Wagner's work is enjoyable to me on some level nearly every time out and I will always look at new editions.

imageNOV171667 WEIRD WORLD OF LAGOOLA GARDNER $10.00
OCT171720 KAIJUMAX SEASON 3 #6 (MR) $3.99
OCT170388 ASTRO CITY #50 $3.99
Comics! The one up top is Zach Worton doing a 40-pager at Fantagraphics, which I'm dying to see. I had a hard time searching for that one, for whatever reason. Fantagraphics search the name of the book, not the author. Hopefully your store has one and you can see it up close and personal. Looks like Zander Cannon has finished another season of his sprawling examination of... well, monsters, from various origin points. Congratulations to the Astro City team as they finish up a few more issues before switching to stand-alones. That's been a fruitful serial comic book run.

NOV170523 RICHARD STARKS PARKER SLAYGROUND TP $14.99
I'm guessing this is the softcover version of the last of the late Darwyn Cooke's Parker series book with IDW. I liked this one, stripped down and very little fuss and with a forced grimy quality that really wasn't Cooke's natural inclination.

OCT171597 COMPLETE CREPAX HC BOX SET VOL 01-02 DRACULA & TIME EATER (M $150.00
OCT171600 COMPLETE CREPAX HC EVIL SPELLS (MR) $75.00
JUL171898 COMPLETE PEANUTS BOX SET 1963-1966 $39.99
I don't know who buys box sets of Crepax and Schulz, but I suspect they have more money than I do to spend on comics. I want both of these works in my library at some point -- pretty sure I have the Schulz already. I've learned a lot the last couple of year reading about and looking at the results of this resurgence of interest in Crepax.

SEP170550 STEVE CANYON HC VOL 08 1961-1962 $49.99
OCT171596 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 16 1967-1968 $34.99
Two beautiful series. I thought Valiant was about ten years behind the late 1960s, but I'll follow it all the way to the end no matter where they are. I'm happy to have beautiful versions of both of these works while there's enough of an audience left out there to buy the actual books.

OCT171591 DREW FRIEDMAN`S CHOSEN PEOPLE HC $19.99
I thought this had been art for a while, but if this is the new Friedman, it's a good one. They went small with the printing, it's hand-held, which is an interesting way to appreciate what Friedman does as a whole presentation.

OCT171589 SPARRING GIL KANE SC DEBATING HISTORY AESTHETICS COMICS $22.99
This is the long-promised book featuring Gary Groth's talks with is best friend the late artist Gil Kane about a variety of issues related to art-making in comics. The generational differences are important and cutting.

DEC171601 IS THIS GUY FOR REAL GN $19.99
Hey, it's Box Brown's Andy Kaufman biography. Those are always engaging and Kaufman is of perennial interest to just about anyone that pays attention to modern pop culture.

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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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