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February 28, 2018


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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JAN181694 BRAZEN GN $17.99
JAN181695 BRAZEN HC $24.99
This Penelope Bagieu one-person anthology seems like the kind of thing that can go on top of this column. I recognize some of the essay subjects, but not all. Bagieu is certain a pleasing cartoonist with which to spend some time, although I will note that what I heard back on her Cass Elliott biography is that even at book-length the analysis of its subject's life didn't go as deep as some readers might have hoped.

NOV170370 JACK KIRBY 100TH CELEBRATION COLLECTION TP $19.99
NOV172165A TRIBUTE TO MIKE MIGNOLAS HELLBOY SHOW CATALOGUE SC $24.99
I'm all for celebrating Jack Kirby's 100th even a couple of months late, although a collection of issues done by talent not Jack Kirby in the King's honor is probably the form of tribute in which I have the least interest. The Mignola book is based on a similar other-artist tribute model, previously on the walls of the reborn Cartoon Art Museum.

imageDEC170967 AMAZING CEREBUS #1 (OF 1) $4.00
DEC170547 RICK VEITCH THE ONE #1 (OF 6) $4.99
DEC170122 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #24 $3.99
DEC170638 SAGA #49 (MR) $2.99
DEC170857 BLACK PANTHER #170 LEG WW $3.99
DEC171655 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #252 $5.99
It's 1982 again with Dave Sim, Rick Veitch and Wendy/Richard Pini having new issues out -- actually, back in those days the Pinis' schedule would have made this a super-rare day, indeed. Veitch and the Pinis are working with familiar concepts. Dave Sim is doing the same, although I'm guessing this is the more recent strip-like and collage-like stuff he's done. Another cycle of Saga should please fans and comic shop owners. I'm still hanging in there on the newer Black Panther material; Marvel's reaction to the movie doesn't arrive until May. I always mention Knights because the issue numbers amaze me.

DEC171691 LITTLE PIERROT HC VOL 02 $14.99
DEC171621 PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE OF GRACIELA ITURBIDE GN $19.95
I'm not familiar at all with either artist or either series, although if I remember correctly the Pierrot are short stories rather than book-length narratives. I'd like to take a look at each, which is where the comic shop comes one. The approach in Photographic Life sounds promising, although it's all in the execution.

OCT171243 PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE ORIGINAL GN HC $24.99
JAN181298 TENEMENTS TOWERS & TRASH HC $29.99
Two books I thought were already in stores. The first is the Hanaka/Keret book that I think might be 15 years old at this point, newly published by BOOM. The second is Julia Wertz's crowd-pleasing and Christmas gift list satisfying take on old New York neighborhoods. I assume with that one is that it's just available through this specific channel for those brave comic stores that want them.

DEC171090 STINKY CECIL IN MUDSLIDE MAYHEM GN $9.99
This is Paige Braddock in kid-friendly, animal-character form. Anything that makes the world less terrifying to those who find it inexplicably terrifying, I'm all for.

JAN181742 JOHNNY HAZARD DAILIES HC VOL 06 1952 - 1954 (RES) $50.00
I may not own this book or its five previous hardcover volumes until I get to heaven, but it's wonderful that it exists and you never know how life will turn out. You sort of either love working at Robbins' work or you don't, but I'm definitely in that first camp.

DEC171851 LONE SLOANE GAIL HC (MR) $19.99
Druillet. Time to stop and stare.

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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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