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November 8, 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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SEP171196 BODY MUSIC GN (MR) $26.95
Not a hit-laden week in what should be the start of the final Christmas-giving book rush, so let's go with a completely unknown to me, a new Julie Maroh. Maroh did Blue Is The Warmest Color, which had a well-liked but also criticized movie version. If I remember right, Maroh was one of the critics. Still, this kind of book, this kind of straight-up fiction should be a thing for comics, but it's not as much as I'd like for it to be so I'd be all over this in the store.

JUL170097 ABE SAPIEN DARK & TERRIBLE HC VOL 01 $34.99
JUL170145 BEST WISHES GN $19.99
Two borderline recommendations from Dark Horse. I don't recall any of the Abe Sapien stories being worth a hardcover collection, but I don't own a publishing company so I'd never have to make this decision in real life. Most of the Mignola-verse material is solid. Best Wishes is the latest in the line of "legendary DH creators work with Mike Richardson on what sound like direct-to-movie-pitch comics. Still, might be interesting to see how Paul Chadwick adapts to that role.

imageSEP172186 COMICS OF JOE SACCO JOURNALISM IN VISUAL WORLD SC $30.00
I saw Joe last weekend and his work seems to me to hold up to the examination that 1000 academics might give to it. Nice to hae it put into scholarly language, one supposes.

SEP170036 HELLBOY & BPRD 1955 OCCULT INTELLIGENCE #3 (OF 3) $3.99
SEP170721 DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #6 (MR) $3.99
MAY170690 INJECTION #15 CVR A SHALVEY & BELLAIRE (MR) $3.99
MAY170691 INJECTION #15 CVR B SHALVEY & BELLAIRE (MR) $3.99
SEP170893 MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 CHRISTOPHER TRADING CARD LEG $3.99
SEP170892 MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 LEG $3.99
Comic-book comics. New Mignola. The next is the latest of the upsetting, weird Howard Chaykin comics series about a post-Trumpian Dirty Dozen. Injection is a fun Warren Ellis-written comic doing the thing most of those comics do. The "legacy" number on Master Of Kung Fu only caught my attention on this one, which represents a continuation of the number suggested to the Day brothers by all of their friends.

SEP171601 PAUL KIRCHNER BUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG $22.00
I have a copy of this, and it's very attractive. Not sure I can sell Paul Kirchner's virtues with as much convincing alacrity, but to me they're pretty self-evident.

JUL170189 MANARA LIBRARY TP VOL 03 TRIP TO TULUM AND OTHER STORIES (MR $29.99)
Pretty sure this is a reprint from the series of trades, but I always pay attention to Mr. Manara and how they're packaging him to the press.

DEC160594 FICTION HOUSE FROM PULPS TO PANELS HC $49.99
This is a Craig Yoe book, I believe, that encompasses Fiction House's entire history. Sign me up.

APR170632 MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY ARTIST ED HC (NEW PTG) $150.00
AUG171699 FANTAGRAPHICS STUDIO ED HC JAIME HERNANDEZ $150.00
A reprint of the Mignola AE, and the publication of Fantagraphics' version of the same sort of thing, for their (nearly) longest-time creative partner, Jaime Hernandez. I'm certain both are beautiful.

SEP171026 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN BY PISKOR POSTER $8.99
Ed Piskor's X-Men has a chance to do very well; this poster could drive comic book store traffic to the series, although just typing that I'm reminded I am deeply unaware of how the market forces around such books work. I'd sure like Ed to have a gigantic hit, though.

AUG171816 AKIRA 35TH ANNIVERSARY HC BOX SET (MR) $199.99
It made sense that someone would do a box set like this and I'm dying to get to a comic book store where I can look at one. I want this in my library, but want a really well-done version.

AUG171802 AS THE CROW FLIES GN $30.00
This is a print version of Melanie Gillman's well-liked on-line comic about a queer girl at Christian camp. I also liked what I saw on my computer screen.

SEP171109 SUGAR TOWN GN (MR) $10.00
This is a Hazel Newlevant story that's a romance comic with a modern sensibility in terms of the kind of relationships it explores. I'd like to see more, and could if I were in a shop. $10 for 56 pages is an interesting price point, too.

SEP172188 EXPANDING ART OF COMICS 10 MODERN MASTERPIECES HC $65.00
ICAF was last weekend, so let's end with this book from Thierry Groensteen, starting with a representative comic book for the decades of comics' great expansion into literary standing.

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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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