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February 19, 2014

This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases To The Direct Market


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.


This is the belle of the ball by a wide margin this week, I think, and I like every book I've listed. George Carlson is a potential pantheon level cartoon illustrator that worked in comics and in a series of jokebook annual that it's nearly impossible to see as anything other than a kind of book that informed kids' comics for their first three decades. There is more work here than I'd ever thought I'd see from the artist, and I enjoyed just about every single page.

imageNOV131049 ON LOVING WOMEN GN (MR) $16.95
I'm readint this book right now, and it's very amenable to sitting in a chair and waiting for me to pick it up again. It has a nice tone, and the subject matter of love is always worth visiting, particularly in slightly ugly times like these.

There are not a lot of serial comic book that jump out at me, so I'd probably try the Black Widow comic -- perhaps along with the She-Hulk comic I failed to mention, just to see what Marvel is doing with these types of books right now. They've been well-received.

This is apparently another Seymour Chwast book; what a curious career the design heavyweight has carved out for himself in comics the last few years.

OCT131259 DOWN SET FIGHT GN [DIG] $19.99
This is a comic about a man beating up sports mascots. Sold? I'd pick it up based on that. I know the work of the Chris Sims half of the Chris Sims/Chad Bowers partnership, and I think his writing can be very funny, so I would take a look. Plus I never pay attention to the Oni stuff, which is odd. Scott Kowalchuk on art, a person with whom I'm not even half-familiar. Still, it's fun to the shops to look at new material, and this is the one I'd check out this week for sure.

NOV131315 IM NOT POPULAR GN VOL 02 $11.99
This is the best of the more mainstream-targeted (as opposed to hardcore alt-/arts-) manga series with a volume out this week.

DEC130103 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #33 (MR) [DIG] $7.99
NOV131439 ALTER EGO #123 $8.95
These are the two I noticed simply because of the high issue numbers because I'm fascinated by what publications last and how long they last. I mean, There were only a little more than twice that many issues of TCJ in its history. It's such a tough market the DHP has to be a prime comics gig for a lot of the creators they attract, so I hope they're doing good work for the publication.



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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