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August 2, 2017


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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JUN171684 EDUCATION GN (C: 0-1-2) $30.00
Here's a surprise, at least for me: a John Hankiewicz book from the Fantagraphics Underground imprint, designed to move through table sales and Diamond offerings like this one. I think this is work we've seen before in self-published but I don't care, I want to buy five. Hankiewicz is an interesting artist and intriguing comics-maker in distinct ways that could actually be separated if you're perversely compartmentalized. His work has a dream-like feel but a dream that's forced on the reader and from which one may not easily break.

APR170082 MATT WAGNER GRENDEL TALES OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99
I would assume we'll see a few Matt Wagner books back on -- or newly on -- retailers' shelves with his new Mage series driving attention this way. I think he's a clever cartoonist in a way that works well with a wide variety of material, kind of a companion cartoonist to Mike Mignola in terms of nearly always being entertaining an readable.

imageJUN171671 LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #3 (MR) $4.99
JUN170028 LOBSTER JOHNSON MANGEKYO ONE SHOT $3.99
MAY178717 BATMAN ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1 2ND PTG $4.99
FEB170643 EAST OF WEST #34 $3.99
APR170825 INJECTION #14 CVR A SHALVEY & BELLAIRE (MR) $3.99
APR170874 SEX CRIMINALS #20 (MR) $3.99
JUN170815 WALKING DEAD #170 (MR) $2.99
JUN170943 BLACK BOLT #4 $3.99
APR171749 ALL TIME COMICS BLIND JUSTICE #1 (MR) $3.99
JUN171335 GIANT DAYS #29 $3.99
Wide variety of comic-book comics of note this week, with the main buy being a really fun issue of Love & Rockets, featuring both Beto and Jaime working within newly established parameters: the older Bros' thin line and overlapping, complicated relationships; the younger drawing like God himself right now and poignantly exploring age within established core cast of characters. The next one there is this week's Mignola comic book, a line-within-a-line that might have lessons for Marvel Comics if they were to pay attention. People love that Batman/Elmer Fudd thing; I was not among them. East Of West continues with its very American science fiction timeline sidestep, which makes for a lot of new but familiar images on the page. InjectionSex Criminals, on the other hand, is emotionally heavy in a surprising way for as light as the authors have kept most issues. I assume most retailers are happy to see Walking Dead, and a chunk of the storyline has moved into new territory -- literally. I buy Black Bolt for my brother and while the pacing is sort of rough -- nothing much ever happens -- Christian Ward's art sure is pretty. I think the next one is the latest Fantagraphics doing 1970s genre comics books. The final is the John Allison-related project, and I always buy John Allison. Whew. If that got to be a drag, just buy the LnR.

SEP161740 JOHNNY HAZARD DAILIES HC VOL 05 1951 - 1952 $50.00
One of the sharper-looking strips ever, Johnny Hazard holds some curiosity for me as to whether or not it's a readable narrative -- I'll catch up to these books someday and would consider starting mid-series to make such an appraisal.

imageJAN171763 TO LAUGH WE MAY NOT WEEP HC LIFE & ART OF ART YOUNG $49.99
This might be the one book from this week we remember the longest. Young's summary biography as a socialist cartoonist at his illustrative height in the 1910s may be better known than the cartoons themselves, which are handsome and powerful. I'm looking forward to diving in.

JUN172271 TWELVE-CENT ARCHIE SC REVISED ED $29.95
JUN172272 WONDER WOMAN BONDAGE FEMINISM IN COMICS 1941-48 SC REVISED ($29.95)
Two books by two of the better-known writers-about-comics out there working: king of the academics Bart Beaty's mini-topic driven survey of primetime Archie seems like it would be an even more appropriate read during this period of resurgence for the property across media. The Wonder Woman book is a reprint of Chicago-based freelancer Noah Berlatsky's best-known comics work that isn't a site devoted to beating on comics orthodoxy. It had the unfortunate circumstance of coming out at the same time as the heavily publicized Jill Lepore book (and had its detractors as an effort unto itself), but a huge movie raises all boats.

MAR170556 JACK KIRBY FANTASTIC FOUR WORLDS GREATEST ARTIST ED HC $150.00
I'm so looking forward to diving into this well-curated sampling of Jack Kirby's industry-transforming work on what is still a fun, thrilling comic to read. It's well-curated in terms of where the smattering of issues come during the Lee/Kirby run, and there's a special attention to cover work.

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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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