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August 23, 2017

This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The Direct Market



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.


This is a rough week in the same way that the last few weeks of comics at the shop seemed easy: I lack context for even the most obvious things, and enthusiasm isn't all that high across the board. In that spirit, this release from Fantagraphics in their exploration of Spanish comics culture and art is super well-reviewed and I'll be coming at it straight-up cold as ice. Those are both great creators and Javier Olivares is talented as hell.

imageAPR170060 CALLA CTHULHU TP $12.99
Here's something a bit different: YA entertainment involving Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer, working with solid creators Erin Humiston, Mario Gonzalez and Bill Mudron. The line that stuck with me from an interview is that this might feel the need for female-centric material for this age group that isn't fight-oriented. Even if I got that wrong, I'll still check it out. Looks cute.

JUN170341 KAMANDI CHALLENGE #8 (OF 12) $3.99
APR170795 DYING AND THE DEAD #5 (RES) $3.99
JUN170762 LAZARUS X PLUS 66 #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
JUN170775 MOONSTRUCK #2 $3.99
JUN178448 SNOTGIRL #6 2ND PTG $2.99
MAY179024 ROBOTECH #1 2ND PTG $3.99
This is all borderline comics for me, so I might find something new to read. The Kamandi Challenge I'd forgotten all about, but my own gribute to Kirby through my festival ended up a no-go and I know how difficult it is to see any such project to completion. The Aw Yeah is that little kid stuff you might remember being applied to Teen Titans, primarily, but this time focused on IDW's overlapping sets of toy properties like Micronauts and GI Joe. Dying And The Dead is Jonathan Hickman, and I've been reading all the Hickman I can lately. Lazarus is Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, but with friends taking part in this side series of shorts between major story arcs. I enjoy that one, I like near-future world building and it's clever to do one that counts on the world looking like 100 people moving between film sets. Moonstruck is Shae Beagle and Grace Ellis and very, very cute. Snotgirl is too many issues for me not to have it figure out, but I'm still working on it. Robotech was the cartoon show companion for my 5 AM chocolate cheesecake eating self-hatred athons during high school. I have fond memories of the show, I suppose, but I have no interest in seeing more of it, you know? I've reached my lifetime's allotment on that particular thing. A lot of particular things.

I guess people hated the movie for that arch chauvinist thing that French culture sometimes puts out there as retro and charming. These comics sure are gorgeous, though, and I remember Laureline on the page being a pretty straight-up admirable hero character.

This is just to remind me that this series is happening again.

JUN172297 ART OF AARDMAN HC $24.95
I have no particularly refined aesthetic for art books, and haven't bought one since a Studio Ghibli thing at Comix Revolution in Evanston maybe a full decade ago now. I also read enough comics and see enough animation I don't necessarily want to live in those places longer than the art itself would have me stick around. I still look at the ones when I like the subject matter, though. What can it hurt?

I think this is an all-ages series emphasizing the crazy-contraption aspect of Goldberg's existence, packaged and published by Abrams. It's hard to imagine there's anything here for me but there aren't a lot of series with a comics element for me to all the way blow it off.

This is a reprint from the well-liked Luke Pearson album series; it's a strange enough week with the newer stuff that you might keep this prove winner in mind.

MAY171933 KIRBY 100 HC LTD ED $45.95
MAY171932 KIRBY 100 SC $34.95
Here's another Kirby project, involving a number of comics pros. I want all the celebration of Kirby possible, and I'm so grateful for anyone that sees their tribute through that I won't say a negative word. Check it out at least, you can live in that Kirby headspace for two to three seconds.


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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