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September 20, 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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JUL171843 PRESENT HC $21.95
I thought this was a strong outing for Leslie Stein's autobiographical material, taken from the second half of her weekly installments at VICE. It's the first of her books at Drawn And Quarterly, unless I'm really letting time slip away from me. There are a lot of small gems, but the one that sticks in memory is about Stein sleeping at an old boyfriend's place following a fitful, frenetic night of not being able to slumber at her own. Let's hope ore and more people begin to pick up on Stein's work.

imageJUL170804 HEAD LOPPER #7 CVR A MACLEAN $5.99
JUL171467 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #23 $4.99
JUL170816 INVINCIBLE #140 (MR) $2.99
JUN170445 MICRONAUTS WRATH OF KARZA #5 (OF 5) CVR A RONALD $3.99
Not a bunch for me in the comic-book sized, serialized work department. I always enjoy the oversized issues of Head Lopper, a straight-up fantasy reminiscent of Hellboy if Mike Mignola had an in-close-proximity-in-terms-of-talent younger brother or son enamored of modern television cartoons rather than Jack Kirby comic books. Invincible begins its closing run with a fight in the middle of the sun that's not as grandly drawn as you might think; no-cartilage noses are the new crimson masks. Someday I'll find and read a Micronauts book. I like their design. Maybe not today, but you never know.

JUL172009 PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN HC $19.99
JUN171844 JEFF STEINBERG TP (MR) $19.99
On a day like today in particular, I might check out work by two solid veterans in the middle of long-running relationships with interesting publishers : artist TJ Kirsch (Decent Man) and Josh Hale Fialkov (Steinberg. Looks like Kirsch is working well within an established comfort zone, while Fialkov's book with its humor might be a bit more out there.

JUL171338 HEAVENLY NOSTRILS ACTIVITY BOOK RAINY DAY UNICORN FUN $8.99
Sneaky-intense fandom on this one, and the comics have a unique energy that I can't quite figure out in printed form.

JUN170376 MISTER MIRACLE BY JACK KIRBY TP $29.99
JUL172406 ROBERT CRUMB SKETCHBOOK HC VOL 02 SEPT 68-JAN 75 (MR) $39.99
JUN171682 FANTAGRAPHICS STUDIO ED HC HAL FOSTER PRINCE VALIANT (RES) $175.00
I have no idea where any of these three fall in the context of their publishing programs for their series or even past efforts to publish the same material, but my personal library contains works by each of these three.

JUL171919 DAM KEEPER HC GN $19.99
A First Second book in partnership with the studio behind the animated versions of these stories. I don't think that's a new thing for FS. This sure is handsome looking, although I come to it super-cold.

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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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