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February 12, 2014


This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To 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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DEC131122 BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS HC (MR) $22.95
This book is beautiful and nightmarish and a lot of fun. There are two or three scenes in there that because of the loveliness of the presentational style are as upsetting as any comic book horror story I've read in a few years. I think the central conceit is easy to figure out, but I do have a friend that read my copy, has no even guess as to what's going on, and enjoyed it anyway. Take a look at it if you're in a comics shop.

imageDEC131294 BOJEFFRIES SAGA GN (MR) $14.95
I think I would have put this book up top If I could have found a bigger scan of the cover image. Top Shelf has an admirable partnership with Alan Moore for a lot of the material he controls, and this is work that may have a bigger audience now in terms of its stylistic quirks than it did when it was brought out a generation ago when Moore was God Of The Longbox. The Parkhouse art is a lot of fun, too, and that's another person that's continued to do quality work.

OCT130061 LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 03 SATAN SMELLS A RAT $18.99
Your Mignola-verse trade offering of the week. I am so far behind on these comics, and I'm committed to individual issues, but this is also a series that works really well as trade for the frequency as their arrival. I think there's been a step back in passion for the book since Guy Davis is no longer involved, but I still enjoy the individual books whenever I read them.

OCT130287 INVISIBLES HC BOOK 01 DELUXE EDITION (MR) $29.99
I'm not sure where the heck this stand in terms of what's out there for this Grant Morrison-written work featuring art from a variety of illustrators -- meaning I have the comic books here, too, and am not sure what trade options are available. I would have to think if your'e interested in Morrison as a writer this might be the first series you need to have and if you're only intermittently interested in what he does you might be able to skip this one outright, but it's been a long, long while since I've read a lot of involving Morrison and even longer since this series more specifically. He's certainly an A-list creator in this world of comics, though.

SEP130371 POPEYE CLASSICS HC VOL 03 [DIG] $29.99
I am not all that familiar with these Popeye books, but with my Segar appetite finally sated through the Fantagraphics collection, I could see myself at least flirting with these books in the comic shop. God bless your shop if it's carrying material like this, but you already know that.

OCT130469 FATALE TP VOL 04 PRAY FOR RAIN (MR) [DIG] $14.99
This is the Seattle chapter of the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips series, and there are a bunch of heroin-flavored grungetastic Easter eggs for those that lived through that time and in that place. It's also good for the overall saga and you see people do these kind of self-contained stories before heading back into an overriding arc on some of the higher-quality cable TV shows. I was very fond of the Jon Lewis analog.

DEC130523 PROPHET TP VOL 03 EMPIRE [DIG] $14.99
Another high-end Image trade, and a book I haven't even stopped to consider yet as more than the sum of its parts. It's one of maybe a half-dozen comic book series being done right now I'm keeping, though.

OCT131146 MOOMIN & GOLDEN TAIL GN $9.95
OCT131145 MOOMIN DESERT ISLAND GN $9.95
I think these are Moomin stories reformated to appear in color and at a size that kids might better handle carrying around and reading them theirselves. They are awfull pretty, and I like their look as well as the comic inside, kind of unreservedly.

FEB131049 TERRY & PIRATES GEORGE WUNDER YEARS HC VOL 01 1946-1948 $60.00
Oh, for a comics shop within three hours, and for one that I know would carry this within a day's drive. I have no idea who this would sell to, and my exposure to Wunder's Terry is actually limited to a few short bursts of reprints here and there and encountering Wunder's originals from time to time, which are devastating-looking. I was told 15 years ago that a lot of readers of this kind of material actually have more fun with the Wunder era, particularly early on, than with big chunks of the orginal Caniff. Maybe at some point I'll get to see.

DEC131292 TIPPY & NIGHT PARADE TOON BOOKS YR HC GN $12.95
This is Lilli Carré's TOON book, which given her skill with comics formal effects could be The Shark King good.

DEC131165 INSECT BATH #1 $3.99
DEC130111 ABE SAPIEN #10 $3.50
OCT130473 FATALE #20 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
DEC130604 WALKING DEAD #121 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
DEC130339 ASTRO CITY #9 $3.99
DEC130437 MLP FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC 100 PENNY PRESS #1 $1.00
Let's end this week with comic-book sized comics and let's give the cover-reproduction spotlight to Jason T. Miles' effort from his Profanity Hill, Insect Bath #1, an honest to goodnesss underground comix-style horror comic book. It's being distributed to comic book stores by Fantagraphics, so hopefully you have the kind of shop that picks that kind of thing up. It's pretty bleak -- I hope to run an interview with Miles soon. There's a bunch of other big-name stuff of interest, including something from the Mignola-verse. The Fatale and Walking Dead issues are about as big as it gets for Image Comics series that have done well in comics shops, while the Astro City book has done pretty well for DC from what I understand. The MLP I'd just want to see; the nice thing about sampling-pricing is that it's also useful to those of us that want to see certain books but may not be the audience for what they have to offer.

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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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