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November 1, 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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AUG172272 CHRIS WARE MONOGRAPH HC (C: 1-1-0) $60.00
I'm reading this Chris Ware art book, autobiographical essay collection and treatise on making right this moment, and I think it's pretty great. I don't have any deeper thoughts than that. It might be worth noting that at full price this is a ridiculous bargain and discounted as these things are it's actually physically cheaper than the hardcover edition of most superhero crossovers. Plus there are things with binding that are seriously ambitious.

imageJUN170064 GRANDVILLE FORCE MAJEURE HC (C: 1-1-2) $24.99
This is the last of these books, from Bryan Talbot. I greatly enjoy their tone and texture and look forward whether seeing if there is a narrative there with which I can further fall in love.

JUN170552 BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT ED HC CVR A $125.00
JUN170553 BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT ED HC CVR B $125.00
MAY171877 BOOK OF BALLADS ORIGINAL ART ED HC $75.00
Anything Wrightson in any of the archival forms available to publishers today is going to be special, and I'm glad it's this family of books that this work appears. Wrightson was one all of the all time great drawers in that there were wide swathes of his career where whatever he drew had quality greater than the sum of the ink moved across the paper. These could be really, really great. Ditto books showing off original work by the great Charles Vess.

SEP170081 USAGI YOJIMBO #163 $3.99
AUG170690 LAZARUS X PLUS 66 #4 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
SEP170794 WALKING DEAD #173 (MR) $2.99
SEP170958 ASTONISHING X-MEN #5 $3.99
SEP170951 BLACK BOLT #7 $3.99
SEP170802 CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 LEG $3.99
SEP171322 GIANT DAYS #32 $3.99
Comic-book comics, for the fussy nostalgist in us all. I will buy every comics Stan Sakai makes. The Lazarus book is an in-between series of one-shot meant to fill out the world inhabited by the corporate champion lead and other characters in this satirical action-adventure. Walking Dead inches towards its series reinvigoration in the new year and I'm sure is a welcome seller at many comic shops. Astonishing X-Men isn't my speed but it seems to give the reader an X-Men story that is familiar with how other series work. Black Bolt is a favorite character of my brother's and this series features very handsome art. Captain America is Mark Waid working with Chris Samnee, and I think that's Marvel's best combination on a character that could use it. And I will always at the very least look at new John Allison.

JUL170661 MAN FROM THE GREAT NORTH HC $24.99
This is Hugo Pratt and Hugo Pratt can enter the comic shops any time it would like, thank you. I will look at you, Hugo Pratt book. It looks like this is a specific story fleshed out a bit and with some add-ins to make it hardcover length.

JUN161996 ALLEN SON OF HELLCOCK HC (C: 0-1-1) $21.99
This was aggressively hyped -- to me -- at least, by the connection of its creators to various high-end television comedies. I"m about halfway through. It's okay, but it strikes me as overly comfortable with itself and exactly on the cutting edge of humor.

SEP171659 JASON SHIGA DEMON SC GN VOL 04 (C: 1-1-0) $19.99
Jason Shiga is sort of a genius and this book is the best thing to come out of First Second in a couple of years. No reading experience is like this one.

SEP171156 MUTTS TREASURY LOVE MUTTS (C: 0-1-0) $19.99
We're about 14 months away from the extended re-appreciation of Patrick McDonnell's work, if you're attention.

JUL172038 OH JOY SEX TOY GN VOL 04 (MR) $29.99
Another I think self-funded (via crowd services) of this popular web feature.

JUL172226 ALTER EGO #149 (C: 0-1-1) $9.95
All respect for 149.

AUG172286 COMPLETE PEANUTS FAMILY ALBUM ULT GDT CLASSIC CHARACTERS HC $40.00
This is Andrew Farago's work and he's done some nice stuff in the pop-culture corner of about-comics. This doesn't interest me a ton, but i'm willing to go and take a nap.

AUG171698 AND THEN THE WORLD BLEW UP SC ESSAYS DRAWINGS (C: 0-1-2) $29.99
At SPX I asked four editorial cartoon makers who had really started to establish themselves which of their peers has done a great job sticking it to crump, and this was reigning Reuben winner Ann Telnaes' choice.

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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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